DOMINION MANDATE DAILY DEVOTIONAL

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2021

THE UPPER ROOM EXPERIENCE

BIBLE READING: ACTS 1:12-14

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place, and suddenly a sound came from heaven like a rushing violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. There appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were being distributed [among them], and they rested on each one of them [as each person received the Holy Spirit]. And they were all filled [that is, diffused throughout their being] with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues (different languages), as the Spirit was giving them the ability to speak out [clearly and appropriately]. Acts 2:1-4(AMP).

The Holy Scriptures opined that the end of a thing is better than the beginning (Eccl. 7:8a). This principle has been proven in life through the comprehensive arrangements we make in the eve of our existence on Earth, and this was practically illustrated in the life of Jesus towards the end of His ministry on Earth. The Lord Jesus who is our Model (1Peter 2:21-25) gave detailed directives to His disciples concerning their conducts and expectations after His demise. One of such directives to the disciples was for them to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high to become Witnesses of Jesus (Acts 1:8).

The very first mention of an Upper Room in Scripture was in 1 Chronicles 28:11, when David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple. At this time, Upper Rooms were only associated with temples and palaces, and the priests and kings who occupied them. These were the only persons who could afford to construct these large spacious, and exquisite suites set apart for relaxation and high-level communion for nobles with no interference. The Upper Room requires special care to make it fit for purpose considering the nature of the dignitaries that will be entertained. Our Body is the Temple of God because we were purchased by the Blood of Jesus (1Cor. 6:20). The same way the Upper Room was meticulously constructed and prepared for an exclusive communion with dignitaries, we are now required to prepare our Temples for a lifetime of exclusive Upper Room experiences and fellowship with the Trinity.

Your greatest and most precious communion with Trinity is experienced when you prepare the Upper Room of your Temple for a sweet fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Though God no longer dwells in Temples made by men, He still comes to visit and commune with those who have prepared a place for Him in the Upper Room of their Temple made not with hands. The Upper Room represents a secret quiet time and place that you prepare and set aside for fellowship with your Lord without distractions. This time must be intentionally set aside amidst your busy schedule and meticulously followed because you can only find God when we seek Him diligently (Hebrews 11:6).

When we tarry in the Upper Room, we are transformed and transfigured as we behold the beauty of the Lord. In obedience to the Lord’s instructions, the disciples tarried in Jerusalem and the outcome of the Upper Room experience is highlighted in our key scripture above. There are several rooms in our Temple, but we are required to give God the Upper Room because He is the Most High who deserves our best. To have the Upper Room experience, you must prepare to wait patiently and seek Him diligently until He becomes your sole priority, hearing from Him becomes your focus, and serving Him becomes your main desire.

If you have not created or allocated the Upper Room in your life to God, it is time to prepare a secret place of personal intimate fellowship and prayer, and thereafter invite the Lord to come commune with you daily.

PRAYER:
Thank You Lord for Your faithfulness and for keeping all the promises You made to me despite my unfaithfulness. I receive Grace to exclusively allocate my Upper Room to You and to keep my appointments with You.

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