It’s 5:30 A.M.
My alarm goes off. Blindly I flail my arm about trying to find my Blackberry to turn off that annoying sound that ripped me from a peaceful dream.
Finding it, I turn it off. No, I do not hit snooze, because not only do I not want to chance waking my children in the next room, I also do not want to have to hear that sound another time.
I roll over desperately trying to rearrange my morning to find at least another 1/2 hour of sleep, but already know that it is a vain exercise, because its an exercise I try every morning…and every morning is the same.
I drag myself out of bed and plop down at the table with my steaming cup of coffee in hand.
Almost without thinking I start praying…almost reciting what I have said every other morning for the past month.
Perhaps in our quest for freedom in Christ we have tossed aside a level of respect for God that Jacob understood so well in Genesis 35.
“Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments.”
Yes, we can come before the throne of God anywhere and at anytime. However, I think there is an element of preparation that we fail to recognize as important to entering into God’s presence.
Jacob understood that before you approach the God of the Universe, there is some preparation involved:
1. Get rid of your idols
2. Purify yourself
3. Change your garments
What does this mean for us as believers? How do these three things factor into our new covenant today?
I explain it in this video:
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This post is part of the Blogging Through the Bible series. Check out these other great posts from Genesis
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- Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.