Purity

Nehemiah 12:30 And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.

What is purity? Purity is singleness. Singleness in vision, in inspiration and in our insights. Purity is also about light – the very opposite of darkness. Purity is the very hatred of all that is evil and dark. Singleness is different from all that is diluted or plural. The truth is that God’s children are narrow … they are severely limited in what they can or should do because they love it to be so. Purity does not mean we do not err at times, but it understands that our stains can be cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

God’s children do the right thing not because they fear aids, hell or disgrace – but because God has given them His love of purity and they have no joys anymore in evils. It does not matter how you feel – if there is a revulsion for sin in all its guises, be assured that God has given you His best gift already – His purity, Christ. When Christ is in you, you will make all required adjustments to be what God wants you to be.

Purity is love. God’s love is love of truth – unconditional yet it is so vast in depth and breadth – but God has hatred for evil …He hated Esau even from the womb. The purity that is God’s love also means His hatred for lies and that which is evil is equally vast, deep and unconditional. The priests and Levites purified themselves, the people, the gates and the wall.

To purify yourself means to dedicate to God’s use alone. It means to put in God’s hand and accept God’s will over a matter. Even objects can be purified, like our Children and possessions … even our business.

Why do we purify ourselves – because only purity can come before God …either here or in eternity. Be single minded.

Jas_4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.


Verses for further meditation

Malachi 3:3; Hebrews 12:14

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Be careful to always retain the singleness of your focus and vision.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, help me love what you love with a perfect love and to hate what you hate with a perfect hatred. Amen

As Nehemiah’s wall was built, so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste. Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts. I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

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Final Rest Part I

Jos 24:32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.

The bones of Joseph were to see no rest until the children of Israel arrived and rested at the land of promise. There is a difference between death and rest, between sleeping and rest, between peace and rest. Rest does not just mean quietness… because there is a quietness that can be disguised trouble. Rest refers to a final state of quiet bliss.

Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

The key thing in God’s rest is not that is no pain, but there is no more pain …meaning pain is banished forever. Sorrow is banished forever …tears are banished forever and all former things will never again be brought up again. All the saints wait for this rest and until we all come up on the appointed day, this rest will still be a place that we see ahead and wait for. The bones of Joseph waited hundreds of years to enter this rest – which is a shadow of the divine rest that we are all awaiting.

Note that Joseph knew about the rest, he made preparations towards it – gave instructions that puzzled others concerning it. He spoke of that rest as though he were absolutely certain it would happen. Joseph believed that he would find that rest centuries later in a land he did not see …likewise we can believe in the eternal rest it foreshadows.

Christ spoke of the eternal rest – when he said …John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Christ also paid the full price for the rest. Christ is God and we can believe him. Today, many saints are no more sure about Heaven. If they are not sure, how can they make any arrangements to be there? The old saints spoke of Heaven as if it were a place they were so certain they would one day go. Today’s culture makes jest of Heaven …even many saints are uncertain and some preachers doubt. The devil knows that doubters will not make arrangements. If Joseph doubted Jacob, many years after – he would have not have given instructions to be carried out. His doubts would have told him, this was pointless. Be sure there is an eternity worth making plans for.
Song.

It’s a highway to Heaven. None can walk up there – But the pure in heart.
It’s a highway to Heaven. I am walking up the King’s Highway.

Prayer : Father, put my feet on the journey to Heaven – the King’s Highway. Amen.

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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