Many of My children claim they want My presence. They want Me to come and save and deliver them from their enemies, yet have no desire to change their ways. Yes, you will tremble and shake when you encounter Me, but in the end, have you changed your ways of thinking, believing and behaving? Have you made My Word the standard for living in your life and relationships? Reformation requires transformation.
For I dwell with those who walk before Me in humility. My ways are above yours. When you do not understand, you must remain steadfast in your resolve to obey Me above all else.
Therefore, if you really want Me, you must take all of Me. There is no picking and choosing what you want to believe. My Word forever stands. Settle it in your heart once and for all, and choose Me above all others. There is no other choice in My Kingdom.
Isaiah 57:15 Amplified Bible (AMP)
For the high and exalted One
He who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy says this,
“I dwell on the high and holy place,
But also with the contrite and humble in spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the humble
And to revive the heart of the contrite [overcome with sorrow for sin].
Matthew 10:32-39 The Message (MSG)
32-33 “Stand up for me against world opinion and I’ll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. If you turn tail and run, do you think I’ll cover for you?
34-37 “Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy. I’ve come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me.
38-39 “If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.
2 Chronicles 34:33 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Josiah removed all the [pagan] repulsive things from all the lands belonging to the sons (descendants) of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. Throughout his lifetime they did not turn from following the Lord God of their fathers.
Jeremiah 7:3 New Century Version (NCV)
This is what the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says: Change your lives and do what is right! Then I will let you live in this place.