Hi beautified divas. Hope we are wrapping up this year in grand style. The curtains of 2016 are drawing closer by the second, it’s important we finish every aspect of our lives strong, our relationship with God being the most important.
As a form of continuation from our book of last month ‘The God chasers’, our book for this month focuses on drawing our hearts from the distractions of this world and setting it ablaze for God.
Too often we go on hunger strike to hear from God yet continue our busy, distracted lives. A true fast occurs when we abstain for the purpose of seeking God in a more focused manner. Isaiah 58:3-4.
‘Therefore also now, says the Lord, turn and keep on coming to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning (until every hindrance is removed and the broken fellowship is restored). Rend your hearts and not your garments. Joel 2:12-13 AMP’.
The Lord’s desire is not a Visitation only, He seeks a Habitation. ‘I will dwell IN them and walk AMONG them. I will be their God and they shall be my people. 2 Corinthians 6:16 NKJV’. Every promise in the Bible is conditional, if the condition is not met, the promise is made ineffective. Not by God’s unfaithfulness, but by our own. It is impossible for God to lie, but not impossible for man to nullify His words (Mark 7:13) by ignoring or twisting it. This also includes the promise of God to dwell in us and among us.
The condition is that we come out from among them (the world’s system) and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17). The world’s system is darkness, and those who are drawn to darkness cannot abide in the light.
To set ourselves apart (Leveticus 20:7) is to refuse a relationship with the world. Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God (James 4:4 NLT). You can’t eat your cake and have it in this case.
Being holy is not an option. God will not dwell in us and among us if we fail to heed His condition of seperating ourselves from the world’s system.
“So leave the corruption and compromises, leave it for good says the Lord. Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you for MYSELF” 2 Corinthians 6:7 (The Message).
The magnitude of God’s promise to be our Father, dwell in us and among us makes it even more important for us to carefully consider the condition He places on them.
Taking into consideration the seriousness of this condition, Paul the Apostle stated, “therefore having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” 2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV.
The aim of Christianity is not ministry but INTIMACY. We can cast out demons, heal the sick and lead people to Salvation yet end up in hell. God is interested in us knowing Him intimately, our ministry should not be for signs and wonders but for intimacy. Out of an intimate relationship with God comes true ministry. There has to be a KNOWING before we can do exploits. “But the people who KNOW their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits” Daniel 11:32 NKJV.
Paul said I count all things as dung (rubbish) that I may KNOW Him (Philippians 3:10 NKJV).
The glory of God is not a cloud. God must hide Himself in the cloud because He is too magnificent to behold. Mortal flesh cannot stand in the presence of the Holy Lord in His Glory.
“Now we see God’s glory through a glass, darkly; but then we would see Him face to face. 1Corinthians 13:12 KJV”.
“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. 1Corinthians 13:12 NLT”.
The glory of God is everything that makes God, God. All His characteristics, authority, power and wisdom – literally, the immeasurable weight and magnitude of God.
God is calling us to His mountain to know Him intimately. The pass to that mountain is holiness birthed out of a heart that fears God. To fear God is to love Him above all else. It is the willingness to obey God even when it appears more advantageous for you to compromise or not obey His word. Those who love themselves cannot fear God.
There is a difference between being afraid of God and fearing God. If we do not fear God, we will be afraid of Him at the revelation of His glory and like the children of Israel, draw back. Moses feared God, so he drew near to His presence. The children of Israel were afraid of God, so they drew away from His presence.
The passport to abide in God’s Holy Presence is a heart set ablaze with Holy fear and reverence.
“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him and He will show them His covenant. Psalm 25:14 NKJV”.