Day 17: Promises & Sanctification

A week ago this past Sunday, I was reading 2 Chronicles 7 and came across a very familiar passage especially for praying for our nation.

And My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek my face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.               2 Chronicles 7:14

That Sunday morning, my thoughts were beginning to look towards the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement.  The only day the high priest was allowed to enter into the Holy of Holies.  The day set apart for the atonement for the sins of God’s people.  The amount of preparation and time spent in preparing the hearts of the Israel nation and the high priest himself to enter into the most sacred place was in my heart.  Convicted as I considered how the hope of the nation of Israel relied on that one day of sacrifice while today I have access to the Holy of Holies at any second, hour, day, or year overwhelmed me and still does.  However, this time, something different stood out to me immediately following those oh so often familiar and quoted words.

My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer from this place.  And I have now chosen that My name may be there forever; My eyes and My heart will be there at all times.                     2 Chronicles 7:15

God graciously reminded me MY temple, MY BODY is the holy of holies.  It is within this body that God created that God dwells and He promises to dwell with me at all times (1 Corinthians 3:16)!!  The God of light dwells inside of me.  Therefore, whenever I keep darkness hidden in any part of my home, God is not welcomed there.

Listen to Paul’s urging for the church to cleanse oneself from the impurities of the flesh and spirit because of the great promises it produces.

And what agreement does God’s sanctuary have with idols?  For we are the sanctuary of the living God, as God said:

I will dwell among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.

Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord; do not touch any unclean thing, and I will welcome you.

I will be a Father to you. And you will be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty.

Therefore, dear friends, since we have such promises, let us cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, completing our sanctification in the fear of God.  2 Corinthians 6:16-18, 7:1

What joy there is in God’s presence.  What a privilege to call God Father and to be His son or daughter.  But this can not happen if we keep ourselves behind the curtain of the flesh.  The veil has already been torn through the blood of Jesus Christ.  Approach the Holy God today in holy awe and fear so that the sanctification process of our salvation may be complete.