There is something unique in taking the word of God raw as it is, without any frills. Many times, our application of God’s words reflects verbosity, but the truth is that God’s word does not require any theological dressing or interpretation. It only requires raw application. It works when we apply it’s truth in our lives.
Dieticians and nutritionists emphasize the value of eating most fruits and vegetables raw. They argue that taking them raw guarantees getting the best of of them in the terms of food value [nutrients]. It’s the same with God’s word. Anything Good says about your life, your marriage, your business, your health etc, is guaranteed as you believe it raw, without additions or subtractions.
We have seen so far, that God’s intention for us is that the wickedness that is in the world should not affect us. Now, we need to find out more about where to stand to have the word of God established in us. As the word gets unfolded to you, please swallow it raw, it is the word of God that gives life.
In Numbers 35: 9-15 and Joshua 20:1-6, God instructed the children of Israel to set aside some appointmented places known as the city of refuge. The essence of these cities was to provide a place of refuge for anyone who inadvertently killed someone and was being pursued by the avenger of blood.
But there is a city of refuge which is God, where you can run to for covering. As the end draws near, the wicked will do more wickedness but the city of refuge is your shield against the wickedness of the wicked. No city can be more secured than the city of refuge, because that is where God dwells.
So, where is this city of refuge?
The city of refuge is called Zion, the assembling place of the children of God. God has respect for places, that’s why he said:
For the Lord hath chosen Zion, he hath desires it for his inhabitation. This is my rest forever: here I will dwell, for I have desired it.psalm 132:13-14
Zion is the place ordained by God as the refuge for the oppressed; it is the place of appointment with God. That is where God takes time to relate with His people.
The Lord is telling me to tell you to keep personal appointments with Him in Zion, apart from regular church meetings. This provides a greater covering and guarantee against the wickedness the devil targets at you. He said:
He said: You must have greater respect for my holy habitation, where I have chosen to put my name, for your own coverage and refuge".
When Hanna stood before the Lord, it was not during regular service, it was during break! Others were feasting outside, but Hannah was keeping an appointment with the Lord. No wonder God heard her cry and delivered her.
Anywhere God’s people gather together in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, God has put his name there and it is Zion, His dwelling place. Everywhere you see people being drawn to God and are getting saved, healed, transfigured and blessed generally, that’s God’s habitation, and he is the one drawing people there.
Zion is not an ordinary geographical location. It is God’s inhabitation; even the city of refuge, where God keeps appointments with His people and guarantees them refuge from the wicked one. Jesus said in Mathew 11:28
Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.mathew11:28
If you are cheated, oppressed, robbed or deprived in any way, He said,”Come unto me and seek redress, come show me the avenger of blood that is after you and I will defend you”.
I urge you brethen, to keep appointments with God. Let there be a set apart alter for Him in your house and workplace. You will tell the difference. Jesus is still available for you.https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js