By Lazarus Muoka
Psalm 24:1-5 says, “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell there-in; For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
Beloved, it is one thing to ask blessing and favour from God but it is another thing to receive from God. This is because our state of righteousness as at the time we are expecting answer from God will to a large extent determine the degree and promptness of the answer we will receive from God. Our attitude while waiting for God’s answer can mar our chanc-es of receiving an answer as we expected. That is why the Psalmist is asking who is qualified to receive God’s bless-ing.
Providing answer, the Psalm-ist said, they are such that keep themselves from all the gross acts of sin. Those that have clean hands, whose lives have not been stained with the pollution of the world and the flesh.
Those that make conscience of being really as good as they seem to be outwardly. Those that have pure hearts, and have not allowed themselves to be corrupted by secret sins.
Those that do not set their affections upon the things of this world, that do not lift their souls unto vanity, whose hearts are not after the wealth of this world, the praise of men, or who do not choose these things for their portion, nor reach forth after them, because they believe them to be vanity. They are such as deal honestly both with God and man. In their covenant with God, and their contracts with men, they have not sworn deceitfully, nor broken their promises, nor taken any false oath. But those that have no regard to the obligations of truth or for the Sovereign God cannot boastfully be assured to receive from God except they repent.
Anyone who keeps to the above tenet and principle shall be made truly and forever happy. He shall be blessed with all the fruits and gifts of God’s favour, according to His promise and above all he shall be justified and sanctified. The person shall receive the reward of his righteousness, the crown of righteousness which the righteous Judge shall give. He shall be saved. If you want to be sure of an answer to your prayer, you must first seek God and His righteous-ness in order to obtain His favour.
Some people prayed without result; it may be because of their negative attitude. Sometimes they blame God and even Satan for their unanswered prayers. What they do not know is that their problem originates from them.
Isaiah 59:1-3 says: “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.”
Beloved, it is your sin and not God or the Pastor or that man that is responsible for your problem. The Scripture says it is your iniquities and life that is not pleasing to God that are res-ponsible for your troubles. Every man who is destitute of the Spirit of Christ runs swiftly to evil for solution including those who do not have regard for Divine truth and when devil failed them, they will resort to God.
If our prayers are not answered, and the salvation we wait for is not wrought for us, it is not because God is weary of hearing prayers, but because sin has separated us from God, and so separating us, not only from all good things, but at same time directing us to all evil.
If your hands are defiled with blood, your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, and your tongue hath uttered perver-seness. Know you therefore that no answer will be given to you from the Holy One of Israel.
I Peter 1:15-16 says: “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of con-versation;16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
As your creator is holy, your speech, your actions and life as a whole must be holy.
Without holiness, God cannot answer your prayers, and all your prayers and fasting will constitute noise in heaven. If you want assurance of answer to your prayers you must be holy within and without, for God who will give answer to your prayer is Holy.
This is why the prophets of old ensured that they were prepared and that no unrighteousness stood in their way before they met God. So when making your prayer, you must ensure that you appear before Him with a heart that is not condemned; in such state heaven will open unto you.
II Chronicles 7:13-15 says: “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble them-selves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attend unto the prayer that is made in this place.”
If you amend your ways, I am assuring you that God’s ear will be opened to your prayers. No evil comes upon individuals or nations without the permission and control of God. So God is able and ready, when you are duly humbled, to remove it and manifest towards you new tokens of His favour. If you want God to bless you, then examine your life. Remember, without righteousness, no eyes shall see the Lord.
Hebrew 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”
Brethren, if you adopt this in your life, your prayers shall be answered and the Lord will bless you in all things in Jesus name.
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