Do We Even Get It?

August 17, 2015

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!


Hebrews 12:14 

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?


Psalm 101:3 

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!

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