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Just for a moment, I encourage you to take an inventory of your present lifestyle. Are there things in your life that you know are not pleasing to God? Have you been involved in situations that grieved the Holy Spirit, yet you still went through with them? God is saying, "It's time to get rid of it." We can no longer have a tolerance for anything that God considers morally wrong. You may be asking yourself, "How do I take inventory? Where do I begin?"

The Holy Guest
I'll tell you a real simple way to walk in a revelation of the fear of the Lord and how to take inventory of your life. A friend of mine shared with me that in some Old English writings the phrase Holy Ghost is translated Holy Guest. So, consider the Holy Ghost as your Holy Guest everywhere you go and in everything you do. Your Holy Guest is with you all the time. I like to refer to it as practicing the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Walking in that revelation will make you think twice about the activities you engage in as well as the words you speak, the things you watch, your conduct, your behavior...everything.

Before you go somewhere, before you read something, before you watch something, ask your Holy Guest if it will grieve Him. If you're about to go to a movie, and they're using God's name in vain, committing adultery, showing nudity and perversion, then simply ask your "Holy Guest" if He's comfortable with you going to see this.

No Compromise
One of the things that attracted me to my wife, Carolyn, when we were dating was that she would not compromise. When we were dating, she would not go to a place that she considered to be a sinful environment. She was totally dedicated to God, and she would not do anything that she thought would displease Him.

I had never dated a girl like her before. I didn't really want to be with her, but I couldn't stay away from her. If I was going to date Carolyn Creech, it was going to be at church. I had to go to youth rallies in order to be with her. I had to go to camp meetings and revivals to be with her. That was her standard, and she wouldn't change. That's what God is looking for in His people today - no compromise!

You're Responsible for What You Know
I sense God saying, "You've played church long enough. It's time to set your sights higher. It's time to go for the Gold." I want you to notice what happens to those who refuse to walk in the fear of the Lord: "Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof" (Prov. 1:28-30).

Did you see that? They asked, but they didn't get an answer. They sought God diligently, but they could not find Him. Why? Because they refused to walk in the fear of the Lord.

If you want God's best in your life, if you want every prayer answered, and if you want the desires of your heart to be manifested, then you can no longer ignore this revelation. God says He will bless those who walk orderly in their conduct.

Remove the Unprofitable Things
The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:12, "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient." The word expedient means profitable. What Paul is saying could be paraphrased, "I've discovered that there are some things in my life that are not necessarily sinful, but they're just no longer profitable."

I began asking God to reveal to me anything in my life that was unprofitable. I'm willing to remove it. I'm willing to walk away from it. I'm willing to give it up. How about you? It's not really a sacrifice when you fully understand that God rewards you when you're willing to get rid of the unprofitable things in your life!

If we are going to be used mightily in these last days, and if we are going to be the people that God pours His blessings on, then we've got to be sure that our lives are pure, and we are living upright and holy before God.

Invite the Holy Spirit to do an inventory in your life. Don't hide anything. Let Him in every closet; open every door. And when He says, "Now that's not profitable anymore," then immediately accept it. Don't feel like you're being robbed of something. God's leading you to the Gold.

If we are to obtain the Gold, then we must be willing to remove the unprofitable things in our lives. Unprofitable things can become weights, and weights can hinder our progression and slow us down.

Put Restrictions on Yourself
Most people don't like restrictions. They want to eat what they want to eat, as much as they want to eat, watch what they want to watch, go where they want to go. And if some preacher starts telling them to bring some discipline into their lives, they start backstroking out of the church and find another one.

If you're going for God's best, then you'll need to take inventory of your present lifestyle today. There may be things holding you back. Be willing to get rid of them. You'll find that it will be well worth it. God will reward you.

If you want to walk in God's best, then open yourself up to God for inspection and allow Him to reveal to you areas that need correction.

You Take the First Step
"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded" (James 4:8).

It's up to us to take the initiative. We have an open invitation to enjoy close communion with God. How would you react if one of the most successful men of our generation sent you a letter inviting you to come and have dinner with him in his home? Would you accept the invitation? What if he said, "You can ask me anything you'd like to ask. I'll teach you everything I know about success."

You'd be foolish if you didn't accept his invitation. Well, that's what God is saying to you right now. Do you know anyone who knows more about success than He? God is telling us that we can be as close to Him as we desire to be.

Light Expels Darkness
As I said before, when Carolyn and I were dating, she insisted that we go to church. One weekend, when I came home from college, she said, "We've got a revival going on at church!" I thought, Okay. If I'm going to see her, then I've got to go to a revival.

The man who was preaching at that revival was William Branham. Her pastor and William Branham were very close friends, and Carolyn's great uncle, Young Brown, was William Branham's associate. If you don't know anything about William Branham, he was a prophet of God and probably one of the most sensitive men to the Spirit of God that this generation has ever known, particularly in the area of the Word of Knowledge and the Discerning of Spirits.

The night before I went to that revival, I had been in the Fountain Blue Lounge where my buddies and I played pool, drank, and gambled from time to time. The next day, I got into my car and drove to Shreveport to be with Carolyn.

I drove to the church, and the place was packed out. There were hundreds of people standing around the building. I thought, I'm not even going to be able to get in here. I won't even be able to see her. Then I noticed her standing at the door waiting for me. She had saved a seat for me.

Once they finished their singing, they introduced William Branham. I had never in my life been in a meeting like that before. When that man walked up to the platform, there was a presence about him that was different. The power of God fell in that place. And the more God manifested His power, the lower I got behind the pew in front of me.

He started calling people out of the audience stating what they'd been doing and where they had been. I kept sinking lower and lower in my seat. I just knew he was going to call me out. It scared me.

I just knew he was going to call me out and reveal everything. People were falling on their faces repenting before God, getting baptized in the Holy Ghost, and I was wanting to get out of there. I was very uncomfortable. I was under conviction because I knew I was not living right. My parents didn't raise me that way. I knew I was living in sin. But I was not ready to change yet.

I will never forget that night when I drove back to college and walked into my apartment that I shared with three other guys. It had become a casino. I had never noticed it before, but suddenly, I saw darkness. I saw filth. I saw sin. I saw what I was living in, and I knew it wasn't right.

It was as if somebody turned the light on, and I could not believe what I had been living in. Even though I hadn't surrendered my life to God yet, I couldn't stand living there anymore. I packed up my things and moved out. I ended up renting a room from an elderly woman who had taken in college students for over 40 years. She was in her 80's, and she just loved to help young college kids.

She looked me straight in the eye and said, "I'm going to tell you something, son. I'd love to have you here, but there will be no drinking, no partying and no foul language here." I knew that was what I needed. Suddenly, I began to realize that I was not only attracted to Carolyn, but I became attracted to what was in her and the commitment she had made to God.

The closer you get to God, the brighter His light will shine in your life and expel the darkness that's been there. God's not condemning you. He's not going to beat you over the head for the things you've been doing. But because He loves you, He will convict you so that you can correct those things and begin to experience His best for your life.

Don't Be Unequally Yoked
"Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2 Cor. 7:1).

There may be some people or some influences in your life that you now know are no longer profitable. It doesn't take God speaking to you in a burning bush to reveal these things to you. The Holy Spirit has been dealing with you about these things, so why don't you go ahead and yield to Him.

The Bible is admonishing us to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. Once again, this demands that you take inventory of your life. It demands that you become willing to remove anything and everything that God considers to be filthiness.

Are there things in your life that you know are contrary to purity? Then God is saying that it's time to clean up. Don't feel condemned, just put a stop to it right now.

Develop Godly Traits
If you're going for the Gold, then there are certain characteristics and qualities that you're going to have to start developing in your life:

  1. Deep earnestness
  2. A desperate desire to see God move
  3. Unwavering faith
  4. Great patience
  5. A holy lifestyle
  6. A determination and a willingness to labor tirelessly
  7. Deep spirituality
  8. Nonconformity to the world
  9. Fervency in prayer

We must flee from all that contaminates and corrupts, and pursue righteousness and holy living. We must develop a greater thirst and a greater hunger for closer communion with God than we've ever experienced before. Consider the Holy Ghost as the Holy Guest in your home, in your car, at your workplace, and in everything you do. You'll find that as you practice His presence, then things that once held you back will fall away and become a thing of the past.

Source: The Last Frontier by Jerry Savelle
Excerpt permission granted by Jerry Savelle Ministries International

Author Biography

Jerry Savelle
Web site: Jerry Savelle Ministries International
Dr. Jerry Savelle was an average, blue-collar man who was struggling and needed God's help. While he considered himself a "nobody," when he became a believer God told him not to worry about it because He was a master at making champions out of nobodies. God has since taken Dr. Savelle from being a constant quitter to a man who knows how to stand on the Word of God until victory is experienced. Because of the life-changing combination of God's faithfulness and Dr. Savelle's "no quit" attitude, his life is totally different than it was thirty-eight years ago.

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