Yesterday I had this whole post written and then it completely disappeared, so I had to rewrite it from scratch causing me to miss the deadline to post this. Maybe that was a good thing? On the rewrite, much more was added. So…In the post two days ago ★ GOD IS…A FRIEND ★, even if you do not think of God as a friend, He still desires to be your friendship with you!! As a result with our relationship with Jesus, we are automatically friends of God!! Today we are going to see that…
I have always thought about the holiness of God like a pristine white shirt and how every time I wear one and eat spaghetti with red sauce, I always get one tiny red spot on it! This is without a doubt trivial, BUT that shirt is ruined because of that tiny red stain. That is how I see sin and God’s Holiness, not even a tiny bit of sin cannot be tolerated!
All through the Bible the holiness of God is clearly shown. I think that the Torah, (the first five books of the Bible), especially highlights this attribute. The second book of the Torah recounts the deliverance of the people of Israel from 400 years of slavery. In Exodus 15, Moses and the people sang a song of deliverance about their new-found freedom. In the middle they ask this rhetorical question, Exodus 15:11 (NLT) says:
“Who is like you among the gods, O Lord — glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, performing great wonders?”
It is so important to pause and take inventory when God moves in our lives and acknowledge how glorious, how awesome and great He is!
Deuteronomy 23:1-14 is a fascinating passage of scripture in which God instructed His people on how to worship and conduct themselves within the community. Those who defile themselves must be separated from the camp because of what Deuteronomy 23:14 (NLT) says:
“The camp must be holy, for the Lord your God moves around in your camp to protect you and to defeat your enemies. He must not see any shameful thing among you, or he will turn away from you.”
Isn’t that beautiful? So long as the Israelites keep themselves and the camp holy was God was close, protecting them from their enemies. But if He even saw one thing than God would turn away from them. That is a key differentiator between God and us, there is zero compromise with God when it comes to holiness. In Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2, 20:7 God says (4) times that His people must…You know when God repeats something (4) times, you best listen up!! These words were recorded thousands of years ago and they are just as true for us today. How do i know this? Well I am glad you asked. The Apostle Peter made a call to “Holy Living” in 1 Peter chapter 1. He starts off in verses 13-14:
“So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.” 1 Peter 1:13-14 (NLT)
Part of winning a battle is a good plan of attack. Peter gives some good advice. I love the direction to “PUT ALL YOUR HOPE IN THE GRACIOUS SALVATION,” the key is to do our part. We need to be on the offensive: ready the word, maintaining boundaries from relationships or patterns of behaviors that could cause us to drift from the path or backslide into the past.
In 1 Peter 1:15-16 (NLT) he continues raising the urgency:
“But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.””
Did you catch the Leviticus quotation? “You must be holy because I am holy.” I love the synergies of the Old and New Testaments. Some people believe that since it was before Jesus, that the Old Testament is irrelevant but so much of the New Testament is built on the foundation of the Old Testament. So Peter tells us BE PREPARED, BE HOLY and then in 1 Peter 1:17-20 (NLT) we are to BE THANKFUL:
“And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.” For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose Him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.”
How amazing is that last sentence? God chose Jesus to be our “ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days He has been revealed for your sake.” Regardless of what horrific report the nightly news offers on a continually loop, God is in control, He Holy, and He loves more than we can ever imagine! You just need to make the choice that you will pursue holiness.
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