Exodus 3:5 Get Rid Of The Dirt

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5

Walking around outside will cause dirt to get on one’s shoes. There are many people that when one comes into their house, he must remove his shoes to keep the dirt outside. This is a custom of several nations and cultures.

As many will remove shoes, there are many who will not remove their shoes. They have no care about the dirt being brought in. It is seen as a part of life and not that much dirt.

As Moses was caring for some animals in the mountains, he saw a burning bush and went up to it. When he got near, God told him to remove his sandals because where he was standing was holy ground.

In the same way that shoes carry some of the dirt of this world, a person can carry some of the dirt of this world. This dirt is sin.

God is a holy and perfect God that cannot be around sin. All sin must be removed when in His presence. It is God’s desire to meet with every person, however, He cannot meet with them if they continue to carry the dirt of this world.

Some are disrespectful and refuse to get the dirt removed. They justify their sins and being acceptable to God and try to go before Him.

Knowing this, He provided Jesus to be able to remove the shoes in the life of a person, the sin and dirt of this world. Not unlike removing sandals, all a person must be willing to do is repent of his sins and Jesus will remove them giving him full access to the Father.

Each person must make the personal choice to remove the dirt to go before God.

As long as you are in this world, you will carry some of the dirt of this world on you and in you. Jesus is waiting and ready to get you cleaned up.

Instead of doing your own thing, be willing to take off your sandals and have your life cleaned up. Get all the dirt and sin of this world removed by repentance and believing in Jesus so that you may be able to stand holy and pure before God.

Have you removed your dirty sandals to appear before God?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see how holy and pure God is; that you will allow Jesus to remove the sin in your life; that God will strengthen you in removing the dirty sandals of your life; and that you will stand holy and pure before God.

Isaiah 29:13 Worship By Human Rules

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” Isaiah 29:13

Isaiah was prophesying against the people of the city of Jerusalem. When a person looked at them, it appeared as though they worshipped God. God was looking at the heart and said that they honored Him with their lips, but they were only worshipping Him with manmade rules and not from the heart.

Words are something that is easy for a person to speak. Many people will claim to be a real friend of someone, but when that person is in a real need, none of his friends take the time or effort to meet that need. The talk of being a real friend was only lip-service. There was no real meaning to it.

People work and speak in the same way with God. Look around America and it is very easy to find a lot of people who claim to be a follower of Jesus. Yet, as they claim to be a follower, they do not step foot in church, never witness of who He is, and live a life that does not even begin to resemble that of Jesus.

Many do go to church each Sunday to worship God in the physical body. In their hearts they are not really worshipping God. As they are worshipping God in a song, their mind is on the dinner meal or other activities. They are thinking about the game being played that afternoon or what they need to do at work the next day.

The hearts of many are not focused on God at all. They go to church and sing the songs because that is what you are supposed to do, not because they want to do it. It is all based upon man’s rules on how to worship God, not from the heart.

This occurs because most people want to fit in and not be different.

Take time today to focus your heart and mind on God. Find reasons to worship Him from your heart and not just the mind. Break the rules of man on how to worship God and worship Him in a new way from your heart. And live your life in worship of Him.

I pray today that your heart will match your lips in worship of God; that you will know God in a personal way; that you will not fear man’s rules in worshipping God; and that you will be near God with all of your life.