“I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind.” 1 Samuel 2:35

God is not interested in outward displays of piety but in His Spirit indwelling in the hearts of holy men and women. That is why Apostle Paul warned in 2 Timothy 3:5, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

This is never clearer than in the Books of 1 Samuel 3 and 4. The sons of Eli carried the Ark of the Covenant to the battlefield, thinking it would give them victory over their enemies but the impurity of their hearts could not carry God’s presence and they suffered a great defeat and were themselves killed.

Even the ark of the covenant was captured but the purity, glory, and holiness of God’s presence cannot suffer corruption. Knowing God is not just to see His works but to learn His ways and God’s ways are not our ways. We cannot instruct God in the way He should go or try to bring God to our minds. Rather, when we pray, we are to bring ourselves to His mind, His heart, and His purpose. God’s plan and purpose was and is to bring us to repentance and faith, not to use His name as a charm or a symbol.

Today, we are no longer conscious of our sins, limitation, and shortcomings. That is why we dare God’s holiness and come to His presence only to ask for healing, deliverance, prosperity, and blessing. We must believe that Jesus knows who we are, even as we come with our petitions.

As Jesus knows you, He loves you and desires to dwell in your heart by faith through His Spirit (Ephesians 3:17). We must be led by the power of the Holy Spirit so that we will not ask wrongly in order to manipulate God into giving approval to our selfish, classic and material motives. It is our heart that is His dwelling place, not any symbol on the outside.

THE SACRIFICE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

“There is no time to do what is right. We must set our heart to obey the Word of God, all the time. God’s kind of lifestyle calls us to do what is right in the sight of God at all times, even though it is contrary to what we naturally want to do. Choosing to do what is right is a great test to the flesh.

What is the sacrifice of righteousness? Choosing to do God’s will rather than our own. When our flesh says hate, God says love. It takes sacrificial love to love your enemy and to pray for them. These are the weapons of righteousness. This is the sacrifice that Jesus looks at and rewards. Even though that might not be a grand, or outward sacrifice, it is what Jesus values.”

LIFE ANEW

“When we talk of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are talking of the rare opportunity He has given to all believers to experience a new beginning – a situation in which every dead area of our lives receives life anew.

We are dead to our past and alive to our future. Sin’s power over us is broken and we now put on Christ’s new life: we live in Him, move in Him and have our being in Him. Herein lies the significance of resurrection.”

THE LORD HAS CHASED YOUR ENEMY

“How many of us like the people within the dying city, struck by famine, give in to fear, desperation and refuse to venture outside when God has chased our enemy away? Fear can cripple and torment us, and rob us of life’s opportunities. How many minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and even years have been wasted due to fear.”