Joshua 5:13-15 “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.”
One day we shall meet God face to face.
One day, we will see the scars in His hands and His feet.
One day, we will be able to bow before Him and worship Him
Just as Joshua met God openly on earth, we do not need to wait until Heaven for that blessed event to occur. We can experience His presence here. This fascinating account came after the children of Israel had submitted and obeyed things God had commanded.
As God has commanded us to be holy, we can because what God commands, He enables.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
It is not a practice we consider normal. To quiet ourselves enough to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit takes a focused effort. We must do it on purpose. It is finding a place with the least amount of interruptions.
Once there, we can settle into the task at hand – getting clean.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Confession is agreeing with God about that which I have done. It is repentance that brings about the cleansing needed to seal us from returning to the path that led to sin.
A dear preacher friend shared a practice called “Closing the Doors.”
Imagine yourself before God. You have already prayed and asked for all sin to be revealed, that we may confess and repent before Him. Then, imagine placing those sins in a room with no windows or doors, save the one from going in and out.
Then, tell God you are placing all those sins behind that door, locking it, and giving Him the key. This is our part of the confession. Acknowledging the fact that we willingly committed them, we then need the element of repentance -sealing off the way back to those sins.
In prayer, plead the blood of Jesus Christ over that door to seal everything behind it to never be allowed to come out. The fact that we have given Jesus the key and request that His blood seals the entrance admit we do not possess the power to keep the temptation from ourselves.
It should be in the heart of every born-again, bible-believing, child of God to want to be as close to God as we can. What stands in the way is our inability to get clean on our own. We need God.
None of us can say, “I’m just too busy.” We must take it to the next level. To feel that you come into His presence starts with an inborn desire to be close to God. He promised He would help in the process.
James 4:7-8 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
Take some time today to get alone with God.
Ask if there is anything that stands between God and us.
Whatever the Spirit speaks, confess, and repent.
Then, you can begin to have true worship – personally and intimately.