Deception is the greatest sign of the end times. We are deceived today! We think that we can say one prayer and enter Heaven! What pride that we think we can truly walk with God while casting Him aside! We have the form of godliness but deny the power! What pride! Didn't I do works in Your name? "I never knew you." Oh, Father, let me know You intimately!
When Esther walked into the presence of the king, she was always aware that he was king and she was not. Sometimes she dared to approach him without permission, but never without reason.
To come into God's presence I need a revelation of who He is. I need willingness and obedience, and He will train me in them.
All fear is not holy. The Israelites were afraid of God--they didn't want to listen directly to Him. But they did not fear Him.
There are three levels on which we communicate to God: words, deeds, and heart.
Galatians 1:11-17 is a key verse with me. God used someone who had never had "training" from people who were already ministers. Paul gained Peter's respect. God can use me.
For I want you to know, brethren, that the Gospel which was proclaimed and made known by me is not man's gospel - a human invention, according to or patterned after any human standard.
For indeed I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it; [it came to me] through a [direct revelation [given] by Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
You have heard of my earlier career and forme manner of life in the Jewish religion (Judaism), how I persecuted and abused the church of God furiously and extensively, and [with fanatical zeal] did my best to make havoc of it and destroy it.
And [have heard how] I outstripped many of the men of my own generation among the people of my race, in [my advancement in study and observance of the laws of] Judaism, so extremely enthusiastic and zealous I was for the traditions of my ancestors.
But when He Who had chosen and set me apart [even] before I was born, and had called me by His grace (His undeserved favor and blessing), [Is. 49:1; Jer. 1:5.]
Saw fit and was pleased to reveal (unveil, disclose) His Son within me so that I might proclaim Him among the Gentiles [the non-Jewish world] as the glad tidings, immediately I did not confer with flesh and blood - did not consult or counsel with any frail human being or communicate with anyone.
Nor did I [even] go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles - special messengers of Christ - before I was; but I went away and retired into Arabia, and afterward I came back again to Damascus.
Paul had a background in Judaism. He knew all the right things. But he took the Gospel to the Gentiles!