Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
Select a thought to read by choosing a collection, the month, and then the day:
“About four years ago, I put a piece of notebook paper in my Bible on which to write down things said during the meetings that really stood out to me.”
“It’s your heart’s condition that makes you able to believe what the Lord says.”
“God operates in the realm of purity.”
(i.e. If you want God to visit you, purify your heart.)
Those who keep their hearts pure recognize God’s voice. It is condemnation in the heart that makes it uncertain as to what spirit is talking to you. Only a man with the purest of hearts could have believed, as Abraham did, that it was God that was telling him to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. I have always marveled at that story in Genesis 22, not that God would ask Abraham to sacrifice his son but that Abraham did not think an evil spirit had spoken to him. Abraham knew it was God! That just amazes me. How holy and humble a man Abraham must have been! Abraham could not possibly have recognized that awful commandment as coming from the true God if his heart had been clouded by sin and shame.
God is talking to His children constantly. It is the very joy and hope of life itself to be able to recognize His loving voice as being His, and then to follow Him. If you want God to visit you – and to know what He is doing while He is doing it – then you must follow Paul’s exhortation to Timothy and “Keep thyself pure!”
Sometimes, when I think on these things, I have to cry out, as Jesus’ disciples did at one point, “Lord, increase our faith!”