Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; Go out from the midst of her, be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord. (Isa. 52:11)
Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone. (John 6:15)
The world had no influence whatsoever on our High Priest. He didn’t need men to give Him authority. Publicity and popularity were never His goal. More than once, Jesus warned others not to make Him known (Mat. 12:16). The moonlight, not the spotlight, was the highlight in Jesus’ ministry. He spent many nights and early mornings alone in prayer. The mountain was His preference. It was there that He secured the Father’s presence. It was there that He made His choices while blocking out other voices. It was there where He was given new manna for each new day. This is where Jesus received His authority.
Priests, hearken! If you do not spend time with God alone, you will always be a clone. You will clone ministry ideas, visions, and strategies from others. You will copy and imitate the gifts and graces of others. Your authority will only come from man. You will drink from someone else’s well (anointing). You will steal someone else’s word. You will be a spiritual schizophrenic.
Fresh manna every day will result in doing things God’s way. Fresh bread bakes in the oven of fresh fellowship. You will always have hot bread (messages) for yourself and to serve the people.
Many of God’s priests have not worn their garments well. They have neglected the lot and portion of their lives and ministries, who is the Lord Himself. Instead of the Spirit’s incubation giving them fresh revelation, they allow insecurity and intimidation to produce a soulish imitation void of God’s power. In making their own plans and choosing their own course, they invite a spirit of divorce to come between themselves and the Lord. A glad reunion awaits them, if they would only turn to the Lord with all their hearts. Intimacy with God is the cure for the imitation of men. There’s a unique holy oil reserved for you alone.
And you shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, and they shall minister to Me as priests. And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. It shall not be poured on man’s flesh; nor shall you make any other like it, according to its composition. It is holy, and it shall be holy to you’. (Ex. 30:30-32)
Priest, bake your own bread. Wear your own garment. Buy your own oil. Draw from your own well. Climb your own mountain.
The travail of your own soul will make your spirit whole. Christ will come to the front. Flesh will move to the back. The quiet retreat of your soul will propel the Spirit’s attack. Your soul will extract the old and attract the new. The stale will move out and the fresh will move in. The Lord will be drawn to your broken, subsiding soul. The light will break forth and all will be clear as the Spirit of the Lord draws near. Wrong steps will be made right as you walk in the light. Shadows will flee in the Holy of Holies. Weeds and thorns are plucked out, and pure seeds will now sprout. It’s all in His presence. Rain begins; droughts end; frustration ceases; satisfaction increases – all in His presence.
Alterations are made in His presence. You are refurbished and restored in His presence. You are redesigned and remade in His presence. You advance as you dance in His presence. Expectations are raised as the Lord is praised. Your wounds are healed, and your destiny sealed. Wineskins are renewed, and His words become your food – in His presence. Mishaps are averted, and demons are diverted by His presence. Warnings are given, and life is worth living in His presence. All His loving and all His kissing; you don’t know what you’ve been missing in His presence.
Oh, what so many priests lose by neglect – by default – when they fail to show up – when they fail to draw near!
Good corporations and companies are known for their good benefits. Consider the benefits of the King’s company: Lifetime opportunity, eternal benefits, eternal security, a sure identity, a great working environment and so much more. Each day every priest only needs a piece of the true Bread from heaven. Priest, get your piece!
Oh, cry for personal holiness, constant nearness to God by the Blood of the Lamb! Bask in His beams; lie in the arms of His love; be filled with the Spirit; or all success in the ministry will only be to your own everlasting confusion. (Quote from Robert M. McCheyne) (Hill, 1993. p. 71)