On the final day of week 1, I wanted to align our focus once again upon the things on God’s heart. God’s heart is for all of His children to become one with Him. Because of this, there are two areas of focus I want to highlight today.
1. Holiness – Please read 2 Corinthians 6:16 -18 for context.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
God yearns for us to live and walk in increasing holiness in body, soul, and spirit. He requires continual advancement of purity of heart if we are to be allowed access into the secret places with Him. Too many times, holiness and purity can seem to be some sort of stoic legalism that keeps us from doing all the “fun” stuff. All of this supposed “fun” stuff creates barriers between us and a Holy God. He cannot allow the filthiness of the world to enter the Holy of Holies for it would be consumed in His Holy Fire and us along with it. It is for this reason that Father God is continually calling us to holiness that we may truly come close to Him. The more we are cleansed from the sin and death of the world, the closer we can come to our Holy Father. Repenting, confessing, and continuing to walk in purity and holiness give intimate access into a holy relationship between The Holy Father and His sons and daughters. His longing is to dwell continually with us. He craves to walk with you and Father you as true sons and daughters. Sons and daughters are forever becoming like their Father.
2. Harvest –
Matthew 9:36-38 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
The heart of The Father flowing through The Son caused him to see a lost humanity waiting to be gathered into His family. What is the solution to this problem? Pray for the laborers! God needs His representatives, His sons and daughters, to go and bring in The Great Harvest of souls. God desires all of His children to become sons and daughters.
Immediately after this in chapter 10, Jesus sends out the disciples to do exactly what He had been doing and to bring in The Harvest. When sons and daughters draw close to The Father, they will receive His heart of compassion for the lost. My former youth pastor calls them pre-Christians, because they have not yet come to know Jesus, but they will in Jesus’ name!!!
Read Isaiah 6:1-6 for context
Isaiah 6:7-8 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
One final example that connects holiness and harvest together comes in the call of Isaiah. Isaiah actively places himself in a position to receive from God. He sees The Holiness of God and is immediately driven to repentance for himself and his people. God is faithful to cleanse him completely. After that, he accesses a secret conversation taking place in the heavenlies. Having received a new heart, his desire is to immediately go for God without any information or limitation. Our desire should be no different. When we are touched, cleansed, and restored; our heart will be for others to receive the same no matter what kind of effort it may take from us.
Jesus, I pray that You will help me to become truly like You. I want to be free of all the filth of the world that I might have intimate access to the secret place with You. Draw me closer than ever before even as I confess and repent of everything that has taken me far from You.
Father, transform me to have Your heart for all Your lost and wayward children. Use me as a laborer in The Great Harvest that all the multitudes of pre-Christians may become part of Your family because of my love and obedience to You.
- Ask Holy Spirit to examine your life and reveal anything out of line with His Holiness.
- Confess this and ask to be cleansed and purified by Jesus’ blood
- Ask for The Father’s Heart of compassion for souls
- Obey all that God asks you to say or do
Be blessed with the ability to walk in holiness and access the secret places of The Kingdom! Be blessed to truly receive the heart of The Father and live a lifestyle laboring in The Great Harvest of souls!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!