Learn! Here is a ritual mikveh (bath) that was discovered in Jerusalem. The word “mikveh” means “collection of water.” As you will see here, the water must be from a natural source as rain or from springs. The priests would have to bathe before serving in The Temple. There were stated times that ritual baths were required for all people. Normal activities, and other activities could render a person ritually impure. Examples are giving birth, after menstruation, illnesses, and more. If a person was impure, they could not enter The Temple. Always, the bathing was supervised that every orafice of the human body was clean.
God IS HOLY! We must remember this as we seek Him in prayer, in church, in our hearts and in our minds. We must clear away impurities of thoughts, words, actions and feelings. We cleanse our hearts through forgiveness and letting go of hurts and grudges. We cleanse our minds by learning to “hold all thoughts captive to The Obedience of Christ Jesus,” and by becoming “transformed by the renewing of our minds.” This renewal is by getting The Word of God in us by understanding. We learn to treat others as if they were God Himself. He Lives within them. We learn to “not hold anyone accountable,” remembering that there are evil forces in the world that tempt, seduce, project thoughts and feelings, and mislead people. We cleanse our actions in many ways. Some might include not wearing seductive clothing, getting rid of road rage, learning patience with self and others, not putting ourselves in places where temptation is rampant, and learning to do all things, every moment, as if we were standing before The Throne of God. We are. He Lives Within us.
Let us carry these thoughts into the churches of the world. Are we bringing with us:
- grudges, judgment, condemnation, unforgiveness?
- blasphemy, resistance and rebellion to God?
- jealousy, envy, covetousness?
- finger pointing, blaming, accusing, too many logs in our own eyes?
- selfishness, self-centeredness, greed, love of mammon?
- idolatry of people, places, things, money, “stuff?”
The mikveh caused a person to consider themselves and their walk with God. Should we not do this before Him? Prepare our hearts, minds, souls and bodies? Our bodies ARE His Holy Temple. Do you prepare yourself to meet with Him before you go to church? Or is it just a “social” event? Do you prepare yourself for prayer time? Or, for seeking time with Him? Empty yourself out before Him before you start asking for those miracles. That’s just common sense.