And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Isaiah 6:5
Isaiah was such a godly man in comparison to the rest of humanity and he lived among the Jews in Jerusalem… the best people of the day! But it was the first hand experience of the blazing white-hot holiness of the Almighty that ruined him and left him breathless! But what are the practical takeaways for our lives here at The Journey?
Consider the following questions based on Isaiah’s admission of his own lack of holiness:
What do I enjoy, laugh at, or approve? How many times in the TV shows that I watch do I see one of the 10 commandments broken and call it “entertaining”?
What does “wholesomeness” or “modesty” mean to me? What do I allow my eyes to gaze at and upon what do I allow my mind to ponder? What words do I give myself permission to speak? What is the direction and intentions of my conversations with others?
Do I excuse impurity as simply “a part of culture” or do I see it as an offense against The High King of Heaven? Does the violation of God’s purity and morality bother me OR AM I NUMB TO IT?
There are huge price tags for our lack of practical holiness!
strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see The Lord.
2 Timothy 2:21
… if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
If I want to see The Lord and be used of God for honorable things; holiness is a must.
What practical steps can we take toward holiness?
I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.
2 Timothy 2:19 & 22
… “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” … So flee youthful passionsand pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
After we’ve put away those things that we know are an offense to The Almighty let us come before God each day humbly and give Him permission to examine us, convict us, and deliver us from our lack of holiness!
Consider praying back to God this prayer from King David:
Psalm 139:23–24 23
Search me, O God, and know my heart!Try me and know my thoughts! 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!