Monday, July 16, 2018

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY

Is. 6:3 In a great chorus they sang, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty! The whole earth is filled with his glory!”  NLT

      We sing it, but do we grasp it?  “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord, God Almighty!” What does it mean to proclaim that God is holy? Holiness is an absence of sin. When we ascribe to God holiness, we are declaring that there is absolutely no sin at all in Him or in His presence. We are declaring that He is absolutely perfect in character and incapable of anything but perfection in thought and action. He is holy. He is unaffected by sin because no sin is anywhere near Him. He is always right and never wavering in His ability to act in character. He is holy.

      We declare Him holy knowing full well that we are not. We know that we can’t be holy on our own. There is nothing in us to declare holy. We become holy only to the extent we are connected to God. The more we live in Christ, through Christ, for Christ, the more holy we become in who we are. We declare Him holy and declare our need for Him to make us holy.

      All of heaven and earth declare His glory. God has left His fingerprint on everything He has made for all to see Him in His glory. You cannot escape God’s witness. No one can claim they had no knowledge of God when His glory is evident wherever they may turn.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

GOD IN HIS GLORY

Is. 6:1,2 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the LORD. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Hovering around him were mighty seraphim, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with the remaining two they flew. NLT

       This portion of God’s Word has always ministered to me. We catch a little visual glimpse of God in His glory. Although we can never fully imagine what it is like to be in the presence of God while we are in the flesh, we can get enough of an idea to whet our appetites and cause us to bow before Him in reverence.

       The Lord was sitting on His throne. He is absolute in His existence, power, and authority. He fills up the place where He resides. He is surrounded by angelic beings who both minister to Him as they sing His praises and who honor Him in their worship and service.

       I find it noteworthy that their faces were covered by their wings. I don’t want to make this say more than it does, but it makes me think. How much do we “cover our faces” when we worship the Lord? Do we have a sense of the majesty, glory, and holiness of God? When was the last time you approached God with fear and trembling? When was the last time you were unable to look upon God because of the sin in your heart? When was the last time you felt the need to turn away your gaze from Him because He is God?

       I wonder; are we to God-friendly for our own good?

Saturday, July 14, 2018

A VISION OF GOD

Is. 6:1 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the LORD. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.   NLT

       If you were permitted to actually catch a glimpse of heaven, what would you expect to see? What would you expect to happen?  We are given very little actual insight into heaven in the Scriptures.  We are told that it is full of the glory of God and that there is continuous praise going on.  We are told that the angels are busy serving the Lord there.  We are given a picture of heaven being a place of indescribable beauty, untainted by sin in any form.  Heaven is so much more than what is revealed to us in the Scriptures

        Isaiah saw the Lord sitting on a throne.  God is spirit, but He was recognizable to Isaiah.  Isaiah had his spiritual eyes open and could see Him in a way that only the truly righteous in heart can see Him.  If our hearts are right with God, we are able to see God on a much deeper level than what is normally known of God at first glance.

      God revealed himself in human form at various times in history, so it’s not too hard to see and recognize God if we are seeing Him through the lens of our humanity.  But, will we always need to see Him as we do now?  In heaven we will have different bodies, different eyes.  We will be able to see Him differently than we do now.  We will see Him as He actually is, absolute holiness wrapped up in glory.  We will see absolute perfection.  We will see nothing but holy love.  His presence will be such that it will fill all the space we are in.  We will see the glory of God without end.  We will see Him on His throne and we will be drawn to Him on bended knee. 

      People who sit on thrones in this world are corrupted by sin.  They embrace their power and authority and feast on it.  They abuse their power for their own gain.  But it is not that way with God.  God on His throne is pure holiness.  Everything He does is good and right.  He always acts out of the context of perfection.

       Isaiah was given a glimpse of God on His throne.  There was a reason why God allowed him to see what he did.  God had huge plans for Isaiah’s life.  God was going to send him out into his world as a special ambassador for Him.  Isaiah was going to become the voice of God for his day.  Isaiah’s vision of God was going to forever change him.

       God became flesh and dwelt for a while amongst us.  He made himself known to us so that we can see Him and be changed by Him for His purposes.  God has special plans for you and wants you to look upon Jesus.  He wants to show you the way to God’s throne so that you might be saved and equipped to be His voice in your world.  Behold the Lamb of God who takes away your sins.  Do you see Him?  Do you know His saving grace today?  He is waiting for you.  Turn to Him now.  Today is the day of your salvation.

Friday, July 13, 2018

ALCOHOLIC DRINKING

Is. 5:22  Destruction is certain for those who are heroes when it comes to drinking, who boast about all the liquor they can hold.  NLT

      I don’t know what your stand is on drinking and I do not want to make an issue of whether or not it is okay to do it.  What concerns me the most is our attitude about it.  Drinking has become acceptable across most of society and the church.  It doesn’t have the stigma it once did.  The advertising world has done an excellent job in making it attractive and creating a desire in people to do it.

      What most people do not want to think about is its effect on the body, mind and soul of man.  Some try to warn people of the downside of drinking, but it usually falls on deaf ears.  It is a proven medical fact that drinking takes a toll on the body.  Prolonged drinking causes the body to malfunction.  It affects the ability of the mind to think clearly and rationally.  It causes the soul to distance itself from God.

       Alcohol consumption easily can become a god to man.  People begin to live for the next drink.  It consumes their thinking and becomes their chosen way of unwinding from the stresses of living.  It soon takes over a person’s life and creates a need for a drink in almost all social activities.  It gets to the point where a person cannot function for long without a pick-me-up drink. 

      People have different tolerant levels for alcohol and few are able to recognize and stay within their tolerance level.  Drinking tends to dull the mind’s ability to know when the body has had enough.  Drinking more alcohol than the body can safely handle causes all kinds of destruction.  It destroys the body and mind and has an adverse effect on all who come in contact with the person who is drunk. 

      The Word of God declares that anything that is done in excess is sin.  Many of the Proverbs speak about the dangers of alcoholic consumption.  The issue that we must consider is whether or not it is okay to take the risk of what drinking might do to us in light of what the Word says and medical science backs up.  Does God approve of our putting ourselves and others at risk when we drink?  It is an issue each of us must decide before God.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

NOT SO WISE

Is. 5:21 Destruction is certain for those who think they are wise and consider themselves to be clever. NLT

        There are a lot of people who think they know it all. They may be highly educated and like to flaunt the fact. They may be influential in their community or in their chosen profession. They may be rich and believe their wealth makes them wiser and more special than most. And, there are people who think they are wise who don’t fit into any of the categories above. Regardless, anyone who thinks he is wise and clever needs to know that pride leads to destruction.

     Wisdom comes from God alone. True wisdom is the right application of God’s Word to daily living. It is the Spirit of God who makes us wise. He opens our eyes to see and understand God’s truth and directs us how to live it. Wise is he who humbly accepts what God teaches him with thanksgiving and thanks living. Wise is he who is not content with what God has taught him, but seeks to learn more. Wise is he who understands that he never gets to the point where he can rest in his knowledge and understanding of Truth. Wise is he who knows who he is in God’s eyes and not his own.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WHAT GOD SAYS IS

Is. 5:20 Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. NLT

     Trying to say that sin is not sin is futile just like trying to say truth is not truth is futile. Saying doesn’t change it. God has declared it is so and so it is. What God says is absolute. There is no discussion or debate. We may not understand it, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is the way it is. We may convince ourselves that we know what God knows to be true, but when it comes down to it, only God knows the whole truth and how it all fits together. There is no misinformation given. Everything God has revealed to us makes sense and someday we will see the sense of it all. Until then, we trust Him.

      We mess with God’s truth at our own risk. All who deny the truth and seek to live by other rules face a godless eternity in hell. Confusion plagues those who will not believe God. They have no clue as to who they are, why they are here, where they are going, and what life is all about. They walk in the darkness of their befuddled minds and live without hope and meaning.

      Know that what God says is absolute truth from beginning to end. It is not up to us to decide whether or not it’s all truth or not. Any attempt to pick and choose from God’s Word what we want to believe is utter foolishness and sin. Apply to your life all that you know and can. What you don’t know, rest in the knowledge that it is true because God says it is so. Someday you will get it. Until then live by faith.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CONFUSED ABOUT SIN?

Is. 5:20  Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. NLT

      There is no confusion with what God says.  People don’t always want to hear what God has to say and they may try to make it say what it doesn’t say, but it doesn’t change what is.  People have always tried to make evil good.  Sin is the most lucrative business on earth.  Sin is made out to be attractive and something to be desired.  Sin is used extensively to “get ahead” in the world.  It is the way the world operates.  Sinful behavior is the norm.  We are constantly bombarded with sin.  It influences the way we think and live.  Sin is not seen by the world as something evil, it is seen as something good and useful.  God declares that evil is not good and those who say it is are bound for destruction.

      People also declare that good is evil.  There is much opposition to those who stand strong on what God declares to be true and good.   The world has very little tolerance for people who oppose what they do.  The world has always fought vigorously to try and silence God’s goodness.  They declare that good is bad.  They oppose those who declare sinful behavior to be sin.  They don’t want to be told that there is a godly standard to live by and to be held accountable for.  The world will do everything it can to deny the fact that they can’t do what they want to do.  In the world’s eyes, good is evil because it opposes what the world wants to do.  God declares that those who oppose good and call it evil are bound for destruction.

      When God speaks of destruction, He is not talking about annihilation as some declare He is.  Destruction is spending eternity in hell.  It is alienation from God.  It is an inescapable sentence of being an outcast from God’s presence.  Destruction is an eternity without hope.  It is eternal torment and anguish of heart over blown opportunities to repent.  God will not be mocked.  Truth will prevail.  Evil is evil and good is good.  It behooves us to educate ourselves about all that God declares is good so that we might live it.  Many things that we think are good are not; they are evil.  Ignorance is no excuse.  God has given us His Word to educate us.  We must be willing to listen and learn so that we can live lives that are pleasing and acceptable to God.  God does not confuse us.  He guides us into all truth and we had better pay attention.  Destruction is certain for all who do not walk in the light of God’s revealed truth.