“Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain. There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence!” – Exodus 24:9-11
He brings them half-way up hoping that in His utter holiness – in His presence, because God appeared to them and ate with them and they saw sapphire path leading right into a dark cloud and they knew, no man has seen God but they knew He was there.
You would think, you and I, if we would be there, we would fall on our face in the presence of utter holiness and righteousness – that we would fall. Those things hidden in our hearts would be exposed. We’d cry, “My God, have mercy!”
But in the presence of the Almighty Holy God, they were unmoved in their hearts – they were totally unmoved. He brought them half-way up and He may take them all the way to it. He would convict them by His holiness because He loved these men. He doesn’t give up on His servants. He loves them. He loves them to the end!
Please understand and know that God loves you and He loves me. No matter what we’re going through, no matter what we may be enduring. God calls you to the mountain that He may deal with you in love and in His holiness not to judge you but to give you power and authority in His name and let your face shine with His glory.
They were exposed to this utter holiness as if God is saying to them, “There’s something in your heart keeping you from a full revelation. There’s a besetting sin keeping you from intimacy. You can’t be intimate with Me unless you break.”
If you’ve got sin in your heart, waiting on God is the hardest thing you’d ever been called to do.
You don’t want to do it. You can’t do it.
Just waiting on the Lord in His presence; Just waiting for God to speak, waiting for God to act – because people who move in the flesh don’t know how. They cannot wait on the Lord!
There’s nothing more tragic. There’s nothing worse, if we would be in what is called, “God’s House” and the presence of Jesus is not there!
If you’re in a place of defilement, God says, “I’m not gonna be with you.”
“I’ll woo you. I’ll call you.”
“But you’re gonna have to leave the camp.”
“You’re gonna have to leave the defilement behind.”
“You’re gonna have to get out and come into a clean place.”
When God is dealing with something in your life, you can shed a river of tears, you can make Him a thousand promises, but until you have allowed the Holy Spirit by His covenant to come and give you a revelation of how He can empower you to be delivered – until you want to be free and you get out of the place of defilement and you get to a clean place in Christ – there’s got to be something you need to do in your heart. There’s something God wants to do in your heart.
I don’t have to go and force it. I don’t have to put my finger on it. But the Holy Ghost does it tonight.
When you are in His presence, and He puts a finger on it and He’s called some of you here to deliver you. He’s here to say to you lovingly,
“I know the battle and the struggle you go through. But as long as the defilement is there; as long as you’re in this area – this place of defilement – I can’t walk with you.”
God says, “You’re gonna miss the only thing that really matters – walking in my presence.”
And folks, the more I pray the more I hear the Holy Spirit say, “David, it’s gonna take more than you have been willing to give it at this point because of the times. It’s gonna take more of your time.”
I know God’s calling me. I wanna yield to the Holy Spirit.
Folks, I have not arrived. The word I preach tonight He’s worked in my spirit and my soul. He wants to work in your heart. We would hope that you would be so spiritually motivated by the Holy Ghost.
I wanna go all the way to the mountain and I haven’t gone all the way like I want to.
I need His touch!
And I want God’s presence in my life. I want the presence of Christ.
“God, come! Oh God, bring freedom while they’re here in these meetings. Bring freedom tonight. Break the chains that bind, oh God! Lord, I’ve been busy! I’ve had time for people. I’ve had time for everything in my agenda. But I’ve been neglecting You, oh God! Forgive us and call us back. Take us to the mountain we pray. Take us out of the place of defilement! Purge us and cleanse us and sanctify us!”
(Source: David Wilkerson Excerpt Sermon, ‘Sanctify My Heart’)