To BE With God

        To BE with God requires effort.  God is all around you, for not even the heavens can contain Him, But God IS HOLY and Righteous.  In order to be in His Presence, we must be Clean.  In order to be able to Hear the Lord, we must be clean.  In order to be heard by Him, we must be clean.  Uncleanliness, or SIN, blocks our relationship with God.        References.

         A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.     Matt 8:2-3  

        Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: "'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'" Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand. What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.'"  But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.' For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man 'unclean'; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him 'unclean.'"  Matt 15: 7-11, 18-20    The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?  Jer 17:9  Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Ps 51:10

  1. Ask God for specifics. If you doubt He hears you, ask Him to show Himself to you. He will do it.  But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.  Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.  This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: "Seek me and live.  (Deut 4:29; Psalm 27:4; Isa 55:6; Amos 5:4; Matt 6:33, 7:7,8; Luke 11:9,10; Phil 4:6)   
  2. Acknowledge that you have sinned against the Holy God.  Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"? Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD.  Good and upright is the LORD; therefore He instructs sinners in His ways.  Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.  You alone are Holy.   Sinful life.  God's Laws. (Ps 20:9; 25:7,8,18; Prov 23:17; Prov 29:6,16)
  3. If you do not repent:  But all sinners will be destroyed; the future of the wicked will be cut off.  Because of Your wrath there is no health in my body; my bones have no soundness because of my sin.  My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth-- each man is but a breath.  Would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart? He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the LORD our God will destroy them. Hell  (Psalms 37:28;38:3,5; 39:11, 44:21, 94:23) 
  4. Confess your sins to the Lord God.  I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.  (Ps 38:18, Ps 32:5, Ps 41:4, Lev 5:5, Lev 26:40, Ps 66:18-19, Isa 59:1, Hos 5:5, Joel 2:13, Prov 3:5, Isa 40:28, Prov 28:13, I Jn 1:9)
  5. Repent of your sins. He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Prov 28:13, Job 42:6, Isa 59:20, Matt 3:2,8,11; Luke 13:3,5; Rev 3:19, Ps 25:11, Psalm 51)   
  6. Recognize your need for Atonement for your sins. If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? (Ps 130:3, Lev 5:6, 8:34, 14:19  16:30 17:11, 19:22; Psalm 65:3,119; Rom 3:25, Heb 2:17)
  7. Acknowledge that Y'eshua, Jesus the Christ, came as Atonement for your personal sins.  God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.  The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind:  "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek." (Rom 3:25, Ps 110:4, Hebrews 1; 4:14 - 5:10; 7:11 - 10:25)
  8. Accept Y'eshua, Jesus, Salvation, the Atonement of your sins against a Holy and Righteous God.  He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.  (Ps 103:10, Romans 10:9-13)
  9. Ask God to create a pure heart in you and place a right  Spirit within you. Ask the Lord God to carry your burdensPsalm 51; Born Again
  10. Accept the forgiveness of the Lord.  If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.  When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Righteousness(Ps 65:3, 66:18,103:1-6,12, 130:3)
  11. Ask God Almighty to heal you, teach you, and equip you to do all He desires.
  12. Trust and have faith in God to accomplish His promises and His will for your life. Phil 1:6
  13. Thank the Lord God Almighty for His Compassion and Mercy on You.  Thank him for righteousness.   I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.  My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.  I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. (Jer 31:3; Psalm 33, Psalm 34)
  14. Accept the fact that you are now God's adopted child and that He will never leave you nor forsake you.  (Eph 1:5; Acts 2:17; Joel 2:28-29; Psalm 9:10; Exod 23:20; John 14:2-3; Jer 31:33)
  15. Live for the Lord God Jehovah in gratitude for His Eternal Gift to you and in obedience to His Holy Will for your life.  Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.  All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal. Righteousness. Heaven Matt 28:18-20; John 14:21; Jer 31:33, Ps 119:133,11,160).
 

 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.  Prov 23:17

References:        Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. Ps 24:3-5       

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