I like to share with you some things the Lord taught me in my devotion in the recent past that brought healing to me body, soul and spirit. This will be a series of articles and devotions and here is the first one:
Here is a quote from the book I read “The God Chasers by Tommy Tenney, page 14”
“Repentance prepares us for His presence. In fact, you cannot live in His presence without repentance. Good things have become the enemy of the best things. I challenge you and release you right now as you read these words to let your heart be broken by the Holy Ghost. It’s time for you to make your life holy. Quit watching what you used to watch; quit reading what you used to read if you are reading it more than you read His Word. He must be your first and greatest hunger.”
Based on my reading the book, below is God’s revelation to my heart and my devotion to the Lord:
Some people believe repentance is only at the point of salvation. That is actually a half-truth. It begins at the point of salvation but continues throughout all our lifetime. The fact is that we need to continue in the attitude or repentance after salvation if we desire to see His glory. We need to do this from the cradle that is from the moment of our salvation, to the grave, that is, until the moment we go to be with the Lord if He tarries. The basic premise is Rom. 3:23 that say for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. God is a holy God and He only wants those who are ready to be serious and forsake the ways of the world to stay in His presence.
Jesus said of the publican that he continued to beat upon his chest saying, Father forgive me while the Levite was perhaps jeering at Him and justifying himself (Luke 18:9-14).
The Psalmist said in Psalm 15:1-6 KJV
Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
I need to take the steps the psalmist advised. I don’t want to be moved from the holy hill of God, I want to be a man of integrity in all I do. I want to walk uprightly and work righteousness. I want to speak the truth in my heart always. I want to stay away from back-biting my neighbour with my tongue. I want to stay at peace and love my neighbours. I don’t want to take advantage of others or take bribes. In my life now I still fall short of the glory of God. There are a lot of clean-ups I need to do in my life. I want to be like the publican rather than the Levite in the eyes of God. I want to go home blessed that God has heard my prayers. I need to continue to do this until I see not only the glimpse of His glory but a blare of His glory on me on a daily bases. This is what turns me into a true Levite in His presence. Then truly I would see Jesus in all His beauty and glory (John 12:21; Heb. 1:3). Amen.