**A Year of Greater**
**April 21, 2017**
*Exodus 25:10 NIV
“Have them make a chest of acacia wood.”*
Today I’d like to talk to you about the whereabouts of the Ark of the Covenant. God told Moses when establishing the tabernacle, (the place where God would meet with His people) to build furniture for the tabernacle. The very first piece he was to focus on (which would be the most important part of all the tabernacle) was this chest of acacia wood. Completed it would be known as the Ark of the Covenant. (for details of the Ark, see Exodus 25:10-22).
The Ark of the Covenant would be the symbol and place of God’s unlimited power for the children of Israel. Whenever the Ark was taken into battle, any battle, the outcome was always the same…victory for all of Israel. It was the seat and source of greatness for anyone who was a part of this covenant. The Ark was the only visible and tangible power here on earth for them. Without the Ark of the Covenant, Israel was vulnerable.
Now no one is really sure when the Ark was lost to history or where its location is. It appears that the prophet Jeremiah is the last to know of its whereabouts and he is not telling! When Jesus was here on earth, He represented the seat, the symbol, the visible and tangible source of power much like the Ark. He was power of unlimited capacity. He was victory wherever He went and whoever was near Him would prosper. He is still that today!
So where is the Ark of the Covenant? Well, if you are born again, washed in the blood of Jesus, it is in you! The greatest source of power for any battle, any situation that appears hopeless, any areas that are fruitless, is living inside of you. Wherever you go, He goes… *Greater* goes! Today is a day of victory… so is tomorrow, the next day and the day after that. It is a year of Greater. Greater peace, joy, prosperity…anything! Here is what is really exciting … the enemy knows it and can’t do a thing about it. The power of God has come into you. *Raise a shout! Shake the ground with the refrain: Greater is He that is in me! The enemy is in trouble now…not you! Nothing like this has happened before. Woe to us is the enemy’s response. Nothing can deliver us from this. This God who struck down the Egyptians is against us – give up. We are in for it… we’re done. (I Samuel 4:5-8).*
Greater is with you! Greater is in you… now get going with it!