“For the Lord thy God, walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.” Deut. 23:14
God detests sin. Holiness, on the other hand, will entertain Him. For us to have a continuous fellowship with Him, we must be pure. In the Old Testament, the lamb was used as a symbol of purity. That was why it was mostly used for sacrifices to God.
If we intend to maintain the presence of the Holy Spirit, we cannot continue to be liars and maintain His presence. Fornication and adultery will scare Him away. Strife and pornography will chase Him away. We cannot afford to have marital strife and conduct a cold war with our spouses for three weeks; something higher is at stake.
“I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:” (Psalms 26:6) Here, David is saying, “I cannot live in your presence if I do not sanctify myself.” He knew he could not be entertained around the altar if he was not clean.
Do not let your lifestyle drive away the presence of God.