“And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.”
Do you have a Bethel? The place where you have heard the voice of God? Jacob, called such a place, Bethel, (The House of God).
It was a special place, God sent him back there to build an (alter to God), a house for God.
There are many churches called Bethel, and you might find God in some, but that is not the best place to look.
So where is my Bethel? I have almost always heard from God, after I’ve truly sought Him, in Praise, Worship and Prayer.
After totally giving myself to Him. Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, 4-6a; tells us:
“Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.
Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God:
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin;”
Be careful in prayer. Do not make promises you can not keep.
“Oh Lord, I will never do that again. I will seek Your face every day. I will do whatever You call me to do. Lord, I will give all my extra cash to the poor.”
Paul called the sin that so easy besets, a sin that easily besets, because it is a sin that easily besets.
There are things, in our life, that we should not do, that we repeatedly do. Why? See Above.
Paul asked the Lord three times for relief. The answer: “My Grace is sufficient “.
Make promises you can keep. You will never be sinless, just Blameless, and Forgiven, in the Beloved.
The Lust of the flesh, Lust of the eyes and Pride of life, will always beset us. The Lord promises:
Ezekiel 39:7 (KJV)
“So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.”
Even now, today, the Lord demands a Holy People. We must come to Him, covered in the blood of Jesus.
“Be ye perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. ” We attain perfection, only because we are covered by the blood of the Lamb.
“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”
“For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.”
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
Lord help us to find our Bethel. Help us to hear Your voice.