to Meet Thy God
thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee,
prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. Amos 4:12.
Many do not realize what they must be in order to live in the sight of the
Lord without a high priest in the sanctuary through the time of trouble. Those
who receive the seal of the living God and are protected in the time of trouble
must reflect the image of Jesus fully.
must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood
of sprinkling. Through the grace of God and their own diligent effort, they
must be conquerors in the battle with evil. While the investigative judgment
is going forward in heaven, while the sins of penitent believers are being
removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a special work of purification,
of putting away of sin, among God's people upon earth.
I saw that
many were neglecting the preparation so needful and were looking to the time
of "refreshing" and the "latter rain" to fit them to stand
in the day of the Lord and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw in the
time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation;
therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit
them to live in the sight of a holy God.
refuse to be hewed by the prophets and fail to purify their souls in obeying
the whole truth, and who are willing to believe that their condition is far
better than it really is, will come up to the time of the falling of the plagues,
and then see that they needed to be hewed and squared for the building. .
that none could share the "refreshing" unless they obtain the victory
over every besetment, over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over
every wrong word and action. We should, therefore, be drawing nearer and nearer
to the Lord and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable
us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. Let all remember that God
is holy and that none but holy beings can ever dwell in His presence.
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