I Fell on My Face – Separating Holy from Common – Ezekiel Chapter 42

A few years ago, I did a detailed study in the book of Ezekiel. I’m going to be posting the prophetic insights from each chapter over the next little bit. If you want the full teaching, it’s available on my YouTube channel (link below):
👉🏼 It’s time to separate the holy from the common and go deep in the secret place. Can we be consecrated and set apart for his purposes?
1. The chambers of our hearts–the secret place.
Ezekiel 42 discussed the chambers in the new temple. I believe these chambers represent our hearts. There is an open invitation from the Lord into the secret place. As things in our world get crazier, we need to be pressing in more and more to the secret place–the chambers of the heart. The priests took the gifts from those chambers into the inner sanctuary and ministered with them before the Lord. This was a very private exchange. Only the priests were allowed to do that.
Once the priests had finished ministering to the Lord, they then went out to minister to the people. They had something separate when they went out. In Christ, we know the veil has been removed. He’s broken down the wall of division that separated us from being able to come in and approach his face with boldness.
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.”
Ephesians 2:14-18 NKJV‬
2. Strike the balance between public worship and private devotion. We need both!
We need to be seeking his face before we go out and minister to others. We need to strike a balance between our public worship and our private devotion. We need both. They are essential. I can tell you personally, as a minister, there is a big difference between reading the Bible to give a sermon or a study as opposed to my own private devotion. Much of what I receive in my private devotion is never shared with anybody else. I need time where it’s just me and the Lord. If I don’t have that, no matter how much I do in the public space, it won’t have lasting fruit. The gifts still work. God does not revoke his gifts. But the anointing comes from private time with the Lord. If I don’t attend to that private space and keep my heart right in the secret place. I’m going to suffer over time as a result of it. If I don’t get my regular time with the Lord I feel more pressure. I feel stressed and I’m not myself.
We need to be in those inner chambers beholding the Lord so that when we go out and mingle with the people, we have something powerful to impart in the public place. We are pouring from the overflow, not the well. The well is for us. The overflow is for everyone else. There is a wellspring of life within each one of us and we need to behold him to have him pour into it continually. The overflow that we minister from will stay replenished and other people will be refreshed if we remember to continually fill the well with the Lord.
3. It’s time to separate the holy from the common.
There is such an invitation right now from the Lord to learn to separate the holy from the common. There is nothing wrong with the ‘common’.
The common is the creation. It’s the day-to-day things. We need to do day-to-day life. We are not up in the ‘zone’ all the time. Sometimes we just need to get things done.
Sometimes it is necessary to press in and ascend the mountain of the Lord.
“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
‭Psalms 24:3-5 NKJV‬
The invitation is to “Come up here.” In Christ, we have pure hearts. We keep our hands clean with ongoing stewarding of our hearts through repentance. Righteousness and holiness are received. Our righteousness is found in Christ and our holiness is an ongoing, personal invitation. This means we step out of the common for a moment and ascend the hill of the Lord with our pure hearts and clean hands. As we continue to do this, we receive the blessing of the Lord. He is so wanting to pour it out upon us, especially in difficult times. We just need to turn ourselves aside and set our face towards ascending the hill of the Lord. It’s in this realm we are seated in heavenly places outside of the noise and the interference of day-to-day life. When it looks dark, scary and chaotic, we want to ascend into the Holy of Holies. We stay in that place where we are refreshed and then come down strengthened in our assignment.
Are we prepared to frequently learn how to separate the holy from the common?

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