1. The Old Testament gives us many object lessons to teach us what God wants to do in our lives. God brought the Israelites out of Egypt so He could dwell among them.


Exodus 19:5-6 NLTNow if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation…”


Ex 25:8 “Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them. 

Ex 29:43-46 “I will meet the people of Israel there, in the place made holy by my glorious presence.44Yes, I will consecrate the Tabernacle and the altar, and I will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests.45Then I will live among the people of Israel and be their God, 46and they will know that I am the lord their God. I am the one who brought them out of the land of Egypt so that I could live among them. I am the lord their God.”




  1. The “Tent of Meeting” was a divine meeting place for God’s leader Moses to receive instructions for the people.


Ex 33:8-11 NLT “Whenever Moses went out to the Tent of Meeting, all the people would get up and stand in the entrances of their own tents. They would all watch Moses until he disappeared inside. 9As he went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and hover at its entrance while the lord spoke with Moses.10When the people saw the cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, they would stand and bow down in front of their own tents. 11Inside the Tent of Meeting, the lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Afterward Moses would return to the camp, but the young man who assisted him, Joshua son of Nun, would remain behind in the Tent of Meeting.”

 Ex 34:34 NLT “But whenever he went into the Tent of Meeting to speak with the lord, he would remove the veil until he came out again. Then he would give the people whatever instructions the lord had given him”




  1. God still calls and ordains leaders to Himself in the New Testament who must have a personal “Tent of Meeting” to hear from God so they can properly lead God’s people.


Eph 4:11-13 NKJV “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.”


1 Pet 4:11 NKJV “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”




  1. The 5-fold ministry is to train the Body of Christ to do the work of the ministry.

Eph 4:12 “Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”


  1. Ultimately God has called all of us to be a believer/priesthood, to hear from God for ourselves, our families, and for the ministries we may lead by having our own “Tent of Meeting.”


  1. This is seen in the gathering of daily Manna. Exodus 16


  1. It is also seen in the teaching of the Sabbath Day. There are to be individual “Tents of Meeting” throughout the week, and a corporate one to gather together with others on the Sabbath Day. Notice the Bible says this is a covenant obligation for all time.


Ex 31:13 NLT “Tell the people of Israel: ‘Be careful to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you from generation to generation. It is given so you may know that I am the lord, who makes you holy.

Ex 31:13, 16-17 NLT “The people of Israel must keep the Sabbath day by observing it from generation to generation. This is a covenant obligation for all time. 17It is a permanent sign of my covenant with the people of Israel. For in six days the lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day he stopped working and was refreshed.’”



  1. What is God trying to teach us through these Old Testament Object lessons?


  1. He is teaching us that He wants to dwell among us so He can take us into our promised land. When we are in divine alignment we may go through SEASONS, but never CIRCLES like the Israelites did for 40 years.
  1. The cloud of God’s presence is moving again, and we must move with it.


  1. Divine assignments come from divine alignments. God love’s you too much to give you the promotion without the pruning. Make sure you are in proper alignment with the leaders God has placed in your life so you don’t miss this next visitation.


  1. Remember that God disciplines every son/daughter He receives so that we can become partakers of His holiness. Correction is never rejection, it is the litmus test for humility, which is being teachable.


  1. Answer your call to your personal “Tent of Meeting” and the corporate “Tent of Meeting” which is the local church.


Winning With God's Team


Dr. George W Black

Confession: I am a victorious believer, redeemed by the Lord, washed from my sins in the blood of Jesus my Savior, saved by grace through faith, filled with the powerful Holy Spirit, poised for God’s eternal purposes, and boldly sharing the joy of God’s love, with my world.

I am a faith walking, Word talking, over-comer in this life. I am a Victor, not a victim. I can do, all things through Christ. Today, my mind is open and alert, and my heart is good soil, for the seed of God’s Word.  I will be a diligent disciple, to apply its’ truths, for from this day forward, by the miracle of spiritual growth, I will never, ever, be the same again.

Opening Scripture:  

 Gen 14:8-20 NLTThen the rebel kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela (also called Zoar) prepared for battle in the valley of the Dead Sea. They fought against King Kedorlaomer of Elam, King Tidal of Goiim, King Amraphel of Babylonia, and King Arioch of Ellasar—four kings against five.”

 10As it happened, the valley of the Dead Sea was filled with tar pits. And as the army of the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell into the tar pits, while the rest escaped into the mountains. 11 The victorious invaders then plundered Sodom and Gomorrah and headed for home, taking with them all the spoils of war and the food supplies. 12 They also captured Lot—Abram’s nephew who lived in Sodom—and carried off everything he owned. 

13 But one of Lot’s men escaped and reported everything to Abram the Hebrew, who was living near the oak grove belonging to Mamre the Amorite. Mamre and his relatives, Eshcol and Aner, were Abram’s allies.

14 When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured, he mobilized the 318 trained men who had been born into his household. Then he pursued Kedorlaomer’s army until he caught up with them at Dan. 15 There he divided his men and attacked during the night. Kedorlaomer’s army fled, but Abram chased them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus.

16 Abram recovered all the goods that had been taken, and he brought back his nephew Lot with his possessions and all the women and other captives.

17 After Abram returned from his victory over Kedorlaomer and all his allies, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).

18 And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High,[d] brought Abram some bread and wine. 19 Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing:

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And blessed be God Most High,
who has defeated your enemies for you.”

Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.”


  1. Know your values. Abraham went to war because he valued his family.

“When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured…”

2 Tim 3:1-5 NLT “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”

2 Tim 3:10 NLT “But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance.”


  1. Know your strengths. Abraham had trained his team, they were “born” into his vision.

“…he mobilized the 318 trained men who had been born into his household.”

Pro 29:18 KJV “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”


  1. Know your enemy. Abraham knew he was going against a superior force.

“There he divided his men and attacked during the night.”

Eph 6:10-12 NLT “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we[d] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”


  1. Know your commitment. Abraham was committed to nothing short of victory.


“Abram recovered all the goods that had been taken, and he brought back his nephew Lot with his possessions and all the women and other captives.”

Gal 6:9 AMP “And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.”


  1. Know who to thank. Abraham knew it was God who helped him defeat his enemies.

“And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.”

“Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.”