And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
“Put off thy shoes from of thy feet,
for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.”
What makes a place holy? The great Ga’on, Saadia (10th Century Babylonia), was one of the earliest to recognize that holiness is not intrinsic to any one particular site, that holiness is the result of what we do and the meaning we can focus into a particular moment or a special ritual. In commenting on the words, “holy ground,” Saadia explains that this means “made holy.” The sanctity of that site derives from what God and Moses do there, not from the nature of the place itself.
then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Similarly, Ramban (13th Century Spain) recognizes that “even though [the site] is distant from the bush, take care with it, because the descent of God’s presence sanctified all of the mountain.”
Hizkuni (13th Century France) notes a similar description elsewhere in the Bible. When Joshua is commanded to circumcise the Israelites, he is told that the place is sacred — so he should remove his shoes, and when the priests ministered in the Tabernacle’s holy of holies, they did so barefoot. Why? “Because in every instance in which a sign of God’s presence precedes prophecy, there you find the place ‘sanctified.'”
“a focusing lens for meaning.”
Fighting for the presence of the Lord. Every other way is a thief and a robber. Distracting and dismaying us from entering into the presence of the Lord. The thief comes to steal, to kill and to destroy. In His presence is FULLNESS of joy and His Joy is our STRENGTH. He is the Source
and the Answer. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
The enemy knows this and is trying to cause us to retreat or at minimum, wander. If he can’t cause us to bow the knee to his lies and delusions then he will cause us to go aimlessly round and round the same things in confusion because where…there is confusion and every evil work.
God wants us to focus on Him and LIVE!
Our Lord teaches us to pray that God’s will be done “on earth as it is in Heaven”
On holy ground we take off our shoes (our way of thinking and doing) and our feet are shod with the PREPARATION of the Good News of His Kingdom of Peace. (Be still and KNOW that I am God) This peace in the midst of all conflict goes far beyond anything this world has to offer us. It does not make sense for it is spiritually discerned and received by God’s grace in Christ Jesus.
The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry.
before the promise there is a question–
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones. God commanded Ezekiel to prophesy to these dry bones. God will cause them to live again.
We shatter the enemy when we walk in Christ’s Peace and he has to flee seven ways when we come into the fullness of Christ’s Presence with shouts of Joy and triumph for we are more than conquerors in Him. MORE THAN. God’s MORE THAN enough. For He is the God of all flesh.
He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. “…the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.”
Because of His GREAT LOVE, God came down in the frailty of human flesh, as a babe in swaddling clothes. He gave us love and to those who entered into that simple trust, believing He blessed them for all eternity. He was moved with compassion to touch us where we are and lift us up to live with Him forever in the light of His love.
We can encounter God anytime, any place; the Creator is not limited by time or space but we need to seek Him to close our hearts and minds to every thing that vies for the preeminence.
All fear and worry must go because we need God. They cannot abide in the presence of God.
It is time to connect with the Living God and live in communion with Him.
Before we are ready to start our intercessory prayers, we need to wait upon God until we know we have established communication with Him. This is a time of silence in the mind, will and emotions where we shut the door to every other distraction around us.
Jesus said , The words I speak to you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Father God, help us concentrate on who You are and what You value, to link us to You in spirit and in truth. Let the things of this world grow dim as we walk in the light of Your perfect love.
Help us to be still and know that You are God and You will be exalted among the nations as we stand in Your presence in fullness of joy. Help us to recognize that as Your ambassadors in Christ Jesus, we carry the Ark of Your Covenant with us – for our bodies are the Temple of Your Holy Spirit. Let every place we stand be transformed into Holy Ground for the saving of multitudes. In Jesus’ name we ask, simply trusting, Amen.
I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.
“For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea. “The lips of the righteous feed many” , and Jesus said, “Feed My sheep” “Teach me your way O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”
“And I assure you that the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when the dead will hear my voice–the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen will live.