The Lord wants to touch and use each of our lives in a special and wonderful way. It is said that God loves us just as we are, but He loves us too much just to leave us the way we are. He wants to intersect our lives with His presence, and to speak comfort, encourage, bring hope, give direction, provide reassurance, help us, and supply vision to our lives. He wants to show us which way to go and which path to take. He wants to remind us of His greatness, and His great love for us.
Exodus 19:3 (TLB) Moses climbed the rugged mountain to meet with God, and from somewhere in the mountain God called to him and said, ‘Give these instructions to the people of Israel.’
Notice that Moses climbed the mountain. He made an effort, to get to God, and the Lord was already there, calling him. Then Moses received his purpose and the vision and instructions from the Lord. Moses relayed what He had received to the people, and they received it.
Exodus 19:8They all responded in unison, “We will certainly do everything He asks of us.” Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord.
The purpose of his meeting with God was to listen and to hear. It resulted in a unity of heart and purpose. It was not an opportunity for an alternative agenda or selfish ambition. We meet with the Lord in order to encounter, experience, and receive from Him.
MEETING WITH GOD REQUIRES SOMETHING OF US.
Before this meeting could take place, Moses and the people had to prepare themselves. The people had to prepare themselves for meeting with God. Their hands, their hearts and their clothes had to be clean. They had to be ready, and once they were ready that could go out with confidence and awe, to see, listen, and hear.
Exodus 19:17 ‘Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.’
We have to consecrate ourselves. We have to make sure that there is nothing that is standing in the way of our relationship with the Lord. We have to deal with all the ‘dirt’ or sin in our lives so that we can approach the Lord with no hindrances or blockages. Sometimes people will tell me that it feels like their prayers are bouncing off the ceiling. Perhaps this is because there is still some un-dealt with issue, or there is still some un-surrendered aspect of their lives that needs to be turned over to God, so that there can be a clear channel between us and the Lord. This is what is required of us, so that nothing stands between us and the Lord. Do not let there be any unfinished business in your life. Don’t allow there to be any ‘no-go zones’ in your life. Surrender it all to Him, repent of that which needs to be repented of, set aside time to be alone with the Lord, and get ready to meet with Him.
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