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“1LORD, WHO shall dwell [temporarily] in Your tabernacle? Who shall dwell [permanently] on Your holy hill? 2He who walks and lives uprightly and blamelessly, who works rightness and justice and speaks and thinks the truth in his heart, 3He who does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor; 4In whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he who honors those who fear the Lord (who revere and worship Him); who swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5[He who] does not put out his money for interest [to one of his own people] and who will not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved” - Psalm 15 AMP.
In the book of Psalms, the dwelling place of God is often described as “the Holy hill”.
David often sung about going up the holy hill where God dwelt.
The Anointed Psalmist had visions of himself ascending into God’s habitation.
His dream was to “dwell in the house of the Lord forever”.
David also new that not everyone could come into that holy place.
He knew that help and answers for prayer would come from this holy hill.
“With my voice I cry to the Lord, and He hears and answers me out of His holy hill. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]”! – Psalm 3:4 AMP.
Even in the natural, not everyone comes into the king’s palace.
Few people ever see the inside of royal palaces. It is a common sight to see thousands of tourists standing outside the Buckingham Palace gazing longingly at the building.
Have you ever wondered what their rooms are like? What do they eat in the palace? Do they have special sausages and special bread made for them? We all know that it would be a privilege to even peep into one of these royal rooms.
“Who shall go up into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place”? – Psalm 24:3 AMP
Who amongst us will be privileged to ascend into the holy hill where God dwells.
Which of us will enjoy His presence and His power in our lives?
We can only have that great power if we can come near to where God dwells.
Here are 16 steps that lead to the holy hill:
Step 1: Walk uprightly:
To approach the place of the Anointing, you need to be a person who is upright and straightforward.
“He that walks uprightly…” – Psalm 15:2 AMP.
Step 2: Work righteousness:
The second step to the Anointing is to be a doer of works of righteousness.
Give yourself to doing the works of God and the good deeds that God has determined for you.
“…who works rightness…” – Psalm 15:2 AMP.
Step 3: Speak the truth in your heart:
The third step is all about speaking the truth.
Speaking the truth in your heart is all about being honest and telling yourself the truth.
“…and speaks and thinks the truth…” – Psalm 15:2 AMP.
Step 4: Do not slander with your tongue:
The next step to the Anointing is to keep your tongue from speaking evil.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue.
You can let your tongue bring you into a place of Anointing or you can let your tongue destroy your ministry.
“…he who does not slander with his tongue…” – Psalm 15:3 AMP.
Step 5: Do not do evil to your neighbor:
The next step to the Anointing is to be good to people who are near you (your neighbours).
Doing evil to people who are close to you is a dangerous sign.
“…nor does evil to his friend…” – Psalm 15:3 AMP.
Watch out and make sure you do not do evil to your neighbour – to your husband, your wife, your brothers or your sisters, etc…
Step 6: Do not accuse your neighbour:
An Anointed person is not an accuser.
Train yourself to intercede and to have eyes of love and understanding.
“…nor takes up a reproach against his neighbour…” – Psalm 15:3 AMP.
Step 7: Do not admire evil doers:
Do not admire rebels and evil doers. What you admire speaks volumes about who you are.
“…In whose eyes a vile person is despised…” – Psalm 15:4 AMP.
You must despise what God despises and love what God loves.
Step 8: Honour those who fear God:
The eighth step to the Anointing is to honour people who love God.
This means to honour and love all people who serve God, even if they are not in your denomination.
You must even love the faithful ones who serve God in smallness and simplicity.
When God detects that your heart is bigger that your little group, then you are ready for the Anointing.
“…but he who honors those who fear the Lord (who revere and worship Him)…” – Psalm 15:4
It’s time to see the good in the many different groups of people that love God.
Step 9: Keep your promises:
“…who swears to his own hurt and does not change…” – Psalm 15:4 AMP.
Keeping to your word is very important.
You need to be a man or woman whose word means something.
God is looking for people who do what they say they will do.
When you are a man or woman of your word, you will be ready for the Anointing.
God has no time for fools whose words mean nothing. You may continue to be a member of the church, but if you want to carry the precious Anointing you may need to become a man or woman whose words and promises are kept.
Step 10: Do not cheat the innocent people:
When you become Anointed, you will be a man or woman with much authority.
If you misuse this authority you will hurt a lot of people.
Your wickedness will result in much suffering for many people.
“… [He who] does not put out his money for interest [to one of his own people] and who will not take a bribe against the innocent…” – Psalm 15:5 AMP.
You must become someone who does not take advantage of the innocent and poor people.
“THE EARTH is the Lord's, and the fullness of it, the world and they who dwell in it. 2For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the currents and the rivers. 3Who shall go up into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place? 4He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false, nor sworn deceitfully” – Psalm 24:1 -4 AMP.
Step 11: Have clean hands:
“…He who has clean hands…” – Psalm 24:4 AMP.
To have clean hands speaks of guiltlessness in the secret places.
When your hands are clean it means you have not engaged in certain sins.
When you are Anointed, God will use your hands to touch many lives.
Step 12: Have a pure heart:
“…and a pure heart…” – Psalm 24:4
It is also important to have a pure heart if you are going to be Anointed.
God deals with the heart and not with the outward things that human beings see.
David was Anointed because of the kind of heart he had.
Unfortunately, most people look at the outward appearance.
Even an experienced prophet like Samuel was mistaken when he looked on the outward appearance.
Work on your heart because that is what God looks at.
Do not feel secure because people praise you. What people think is often wrong.
It is what God thinks and says that matters.
Step 13: Avoid vanity:
“…who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false…” – Psalm 24:4 AMP.
An Anointed person cannot engage in frivolous and inconsequential activities.
There are many useless time-wasting activities that an Anointed person cannot be involved with.
Remove useless socializing from your life.
Within the ministry, you must treasure things that have eternal value and that God Himself desires.
You cannot lift your soul up in vanity.
Step 14: Do not swear deceitfully:
“…nor sworn deceitfully” – Psalm 24:4 AMP.
Making useless promises is a sure step away from the Anointing.
An Anointed person has to keep his word. He cannot deceive with his words.
He is a proclaimer of God’s Word and God’s purpose.
Step 15: Seek the Lord:
“This is the generation [description] of those who seek Him [who inquire of and for Him and of necessity require Him], who seek Your face, [O God of] Jacob. Selah [pause, and think of that]”! – Psalm 24:6 AMP.
Seeking the Lord and waiting on Him is a sure way to approach the Anointing.
He that waits on the Lord will surely renew his strength.
Step 16: Follow the light and truth of God’s Word:
“O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling. 4Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy; yes, with the lyre will I praise You, O God, my God’! – Psalm 24:3-4 AMP.
As you follow the light of God’s Word, you will come into a place of Anointing.
The light and truth of God’s Word brings you to the presence of God.
IT IS TIME TO GO DEEPER…
IT IS TIME TO GO HIGHER…
So, let’s practice these principles, and go to the mountain of the Lord…to the “HOLY HILL…”