Preparing to have what God determined
One of the most cardinal points of God’s promises to His people is that they shall walk from glory to glory, and shall have plenty in the time of famine and shall rejoice when the people of the world are sorrowing. But if your situation is not in tandem with the aforementioned promise of God, then I want to assure you that the time to favour Zion has come. The time to make you rejoice has come; for God has determined to give you joy. Therefore, prepare for God’s time to turn your sorrow to joy has come.
There is a set time for God’s great actions. He may have allowed you to experience this year in order to let you know the importance and sweetness of joy and crave it. But when the set time comes, He will not stay a jot beyond it. This weekend is God’s set time when what He determined for you shall manifest. Now, having gotten the knowledge of this outstanding visitation, what then shall be your preparation?
Amos 4:12 says, “Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.”
Whenever it falls on us to receive any visitor in our homes or offices, there is something we always do and that is preparing ourselves for the visitation. We all know that the level of our preparation is always in accordance to the regard we have for the expected visitor, such as our seniors, bosses, kings, chairmen, governors, mayors, traditional rulers and presidents. In all these classes of people, the measure of preparation for each is determined by what we shall be expecting from the visitation.
If a president is scheduled to pay a visit to somebody, it is expected that the person will be better after the visit. This is because it will be very dishonourable for a president to pay a visit to a hungry person without meeting him at the point of his need. The only essence of the president’s visit or superiors is to give hope to his host. And because he is expected to give comfort to his host, the degree of preparation for his visit will be done more magnificently than any other.
If this grand preparation is meant for a mortal man, what then will be our preparation when the visitor is no other than the Lord of Hosts, Who determines what will happen to every mortal? It is a thing of joy to state that comes this week; God is coming in His Majesty to shower blessing upon His people at the Special programme titled, ‘What God Has Determined Shall Be Done.’ This divine visitation will definitely bring succour to as many as are prepared for the visit and actually participated in the programme. I am very sure that He will turn our sorrow to joy. But before we get to know the type of preparation that should be made for our God, it is very prudent that we have the knowledge of His nature, so as to know how to receive blessing from Him.
Lev. 19:2 says, “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy”
The above verse is among the many verses in Bible where God declared His nature. God is holy and void of all pollution. Both in His essence, and in all His laws, which are holy and just and good. And as God is holy, so must we be in order to meet His approbation or enjoy His presence. We must separate from all defilements, and entirely be consecrated to Him and obedient to all His laws.
1PT 1: 15-16 says, “1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16. Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
We should remember that God is not a man. While men have sinful nature, God has a holy nature. He is pure and holy and thus, no unholy person can be allowed in His presence. So, for us to be among those He is coming to address their problems, we must prepare to be holy. If you desire to have what God determines for you this year, you must be holy. If it is promotion, favour, you must prepare to be holy in order to be allowed in His presence.
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