Preparing for the Presence of the King
How would you prepare if the President was coming to your house tonight for dinner? It is very likely that you would frantically begin cleaning every nook and cranny of your house as you prepared for the reception of a dignitary. You would make sure every crumb was off the floor, all the dust was brushed off the furniture, and any cobwebs on the ceiling were eliminated. Your silverware and plates would be spotlessly clean. All clutter would be organized and every person in your household would be wearing their best clothes. In other words, the presence of an earthly dignitary would elicit a response of thorough preparation. If such preparation would be made for an earthly king, how much more should we prepare ourselves for the presence of our heavenly King!
In Deuteronomy 20, God told the Israelites that He would fight for them and save them from their enemies. God reminded them that their power did not reside in horses, chariots, or manpower. Their power was from God. Deuteronomy 23 expands upon the previous truth and gives the condition upon which the presence and power of God would be manifested among the people. Verse 14 says, “For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee…” God once again told them that the manifestation of His power and presence was to be among them and would bring deliverance from their enemies. However, verse 14 continues and says, “…therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.” The power and presence of God was conditioned upon holiness in the camp. That God could turn away from them in battle was to be a constant reminder to the Israelites to remove uncleanness from their midst.
If we expect God to work in our lives and to reveal His presence among us, we must make sure that all uncleanness is removed. Just as God would patrol the camp of Israel and would turn away if He saw something that offended His holy gaze, so God is patrolling the corridors of our life. God’s ceaseless gaze into the innermost recesses of our mind should evoke in us a resolve to remove any unclean thing. God is a holy God. And God desires that every Christian experience a victorious life over the world, the flesh, and the devil. God will fight for us as we remove sin from our lives and offer up ourselves as living sacrifices to Him. If we as individuals or corporately as a local church desire to see the manifestation of God’s presence and power, we must do away with all forms of uncleanness. Our prayer ought to be: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”
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