“So Jacob told everyone in his household, ‘Get rid of all your pagan idols, purify yourselves, and put on clean clothing.” “We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone.’” Genesis 35:3 NLT

When you are preparing to move, chances are that you get boxes to start packing up things that your are going to take with you. In some instances you also throw some things away because they are not needed in your next place.

When I got married my wife didn’t let me bring my furniture I had as a bachelor. It wasn’t needed.

Depending on where you’re headed there may be some things you will not need in the place you’re moving to.

Jacob was moving to Bethel, the house of bread. This was the place where God revealed himself to Jacob. This is the place where God changed Jacobs name from trickster to one who has fought with God and has overcome.

Jacob had to prepare to move.

  1. Get rid of all your pagan idols. When Jacob left Laban, his wife stole her Father’s pagan idols. When her father accused Jacob of stealing the idols he searched for them. Jacob’s wife, Rachael, sit on them to hide them pretending she was on her cycle. Rachael took idol gods with her when she left her daddy’s house but she didn’t need them in her Father’s (God’s) house. What idols do you need to get rid of in this next move?
  2. Purify yourselves. They were moving to Bethel. This was the place where God revealed himself in a vision to Jacob. In the vision he saw angels ascending and descending. He woke up and said, “God was here and I didn’t even know it!” Once he knew where he was moving to he made adjustments in his approach. Consecration is preparation to be in God’s presence. What do you need to clean up before God can show up?
  3. Put on some clean clothes. This is further acknowledgement from Jacob respecting the Holiness of God. We need to dress for where we are going not for where we are presently. You always need to be conscious of how you are dressed because you never know who you will run into on your way to where you are going.

Dear God,

We are headed in a new direction. Help us to get rid of the things that represent our old way of thinking. God it’s time for me to move. Than you for moving me!

I moved from my old house

I moved from my old friends

I moved from my old way of strife

Thank God I moved out to a brand new life

You changed my old way with words

You changed my old leveled mind

You changed my heart and gave me a new start

Thank God I moved out to a brand new life

In Jesus Name,

Amen