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Open Heaven Daily Devotional June 28 2023: Entering God’s Presence I.

    The theme for Open Heaven Daily Devotional June 28 2023 isEntering God’s Presence I.

    SCRIPTURE: Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Isaiah 26:2

    The Bible tells us in Psalm 100:4 that the entrance into God’s presence has a gate. When you see a gate in a place, you know it is there so as to restrict access. Whatever is inside the place must be so valuable that they don’t want any unauthorised person to have access to it.

    There are many treasures in the presence of God and not just anybody can enjoy them. One of such treasures is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11) and liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17).

    Anyone who has entered the presence of God will tell you that it is a place that you don’t want to ever come out from. In (2 Corinthians 5:8), Apostle Paul said, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

    The first criterion for accessing God’s presence is holiness. God cannot stand sin. If you have any form of sin in your life, the gate into His presence will be shut against you.

    Psalm 24:3-4 says: 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.

    Only those with clean hands and a pure heart can be allowed to ascend into the presence of the Lord. If your hands have been soiled with sin, forget about it. If your heart is not pure, if you habour impure thoughts in that heart, the gate into God’s presence will be shut against you.

    Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. – (Psalm 118:19)

    The gates into the presence of God are called the gates of righteousness; if you are not righteous, you cannot go through. The One whose presence you want to enter is a holy God; you must be holy before you can get in there.

    Joseph had to shave and change his clothes before appearing before Pharaoh (Genesis 41:14); how much more when you want to enter the presence of the King of kings.

    OPEN HEAVEN 28 June 2023 KEY POINT

    To enter the presence of God, you must be holy.

    Credit for today’s Open Heaven daily devotional June 28 2023: Open Heaven/

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