Archive for October, 2011

When rest isn’t enough

October 30, 2011

In the post I Want Some Rest!, we looked into physical and spiritual rest. When in repose, the proposition was that we would be renewed either physically, emotionally and spiritually. Fortunately for me, I did feel better after the rest. I did have a person call me about renting the house. I show it to him today at 1 p.m. I am hoping that this is the person the Lord has identified to rent who will pay consistently. Those are great, but there are times when the rest you get isn’t enough. The challenges still persists weighing us down. Let’s keep it real. Things don’t workout perfectly because we know the Lord. On the contrary, remember what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1:7-97 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”

We will go through times that we feel we can’t endure. No matter how much rest we get, the hardship is there facing us. That’s when we know that rest isn’t good enough. In fact, we are in capable of enduring them on our own. That brings us back to Hebrews 4 which was our text yesterday. 2 Corinthians 1:7-9 tells us that in their hearts, they felt the sentence of death from the circumstance they were in, but it was that they may experience the true rest: that is relying on God who can raise the dead; therefore, he can do anything else. Listen to what the writer of Hebrews tells us about how we can cope in those unbearable times of life.

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Jesus understands because He has been there. He walked in our shoes before they were our shoes. He knows our hurts and hardships. It is through Christ, the eternal priest, that we are able to approach the throne of grace which is the throne of God – God Himself to present our concerns or cares. Christ affords us access to the Father to hear our concerns or cares that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in a time of need. When rest isn’t enough, Christ affords us access to the Father to give us mercy and grace. Those two terms would take several days for us to get a minimal level of understanding. The short version is that mercy is not getting what we deserve and grace is getting what don’t deserve. Because of our sin, we deserve death. We certainly don’t deserve life and relationship with the triune God. I don’t deserve God to help me get a renter, straighten my health, bring my family back safe and sound. Shucks, I don’t deserve a home period, good health or even a family, but God has given me all those things.

Consequently, I am relying on Him and not myself for the response to all my concerns/cares for those things. Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 How about you? Where does your hope lie? If in Christ, you will be aided and rewarded.

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I Want Some Rest!

October 29, 2011

For the past month, I have been running like a chicken with its head cut off. Going to bed late; rising several hours before the sun bids itself ado. I Want Some Rest! While I would miss my wife and kids this weekend, I have been looking longly to this weekend as I would be able to come home Friday and go to sleep without regard to who would wake me. I could, Lord willing, awaken with no agenda other than to repair worn and wearied mind and body. When our minds and bodies are wrought with activity, we seek rest whenever and wherever we can.

As I contemplated the day, the Lord posed a question. “Darron, what is rest?” The Lord did not want me to miss rest and to misrepresent what rest is to those in my sphere of influence/contact.

Answer.com defined rest in the following ways:

  1. Cessation of work, exertion, or activity.
  2. Peace, ease, or refreshment resulting from sleep or the cessation of an activity.
  3. Sleep or quiet relaxation.
  4. The repose of death: eternal rest.
  5. Relief or freedom from disquiet or disturbance.
  6. Mental or emotional tranquillity.
  7. Termination or absence of motion.
  8. Music.
    1. An interval of silence corresponding to one of the possible time values within a measure.
    2. The mark or symbol indicating such a pause and its length.
  9. A short pause in a line of poetry; a caesura.
  10. A device used as a support: a back rest.  Read more:

That’s exactly what I wanted. I wanted my cessation for my body, but I also wanted cessation for my mind.  I wanted to those plaguing and nagging thoughts to dissipate like quick shower on a hot-Georgia summer’s day. In the bible, the word rest appears many times. In the context of activity, the word (mä·nō’·akh) means 1) resting place, state or condition of rest, place a) resting place b) rest, repose, condition of rest c) coming to rest. This is the type of rest the dove was looking for when Noah sent her out to see if the water had dried up in Genesis 8:9. The word mĕnuwchah (men·ü·khä’) 1) resting place, rest a) resting place b) rest, quietness. This place was symbolic of the land Jacob told his sons about in Genesis 49:15. Then there is shabbathown (shab·bä·thōn’) as in the resting of the Sabbath found in Exodus 16. In the new testament, one Greek word for rest is anapausis (ä-nä’-pau-sēs) which means 1) intermission, cessation of any motion, business or labour 2) rest, recreation. Then there is the related word anapauō (ä-nä-pau-‘ō) which means 1) to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labour in order to recover and collect his strength 2) to give rest, refresh, to give one’s self rest, take rest 3) to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation

That is the greatest rest in which we all long for is peace of heart and mind which is only found in the LORD God. Aren’t anxiousness, weary eyes from looking for a way out, a despairing heart from hoping for a rescue from a tough situation and the dread of life the things we seek to have true rest from? God says that until we surrender unto him to serve Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we will have no such rest. If you are look for rest, Jesus says, “27 All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.” Matthew 11:27-29

Jesus, as well as the Father, has called us to serve and follow Him. In Deuteronomy 28, God told the Israelites the consequence for disobedience that is failure to follow Him. Listen to the Word of the Lord, ”

65Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. 66 You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. 67 In the morning you will say, “If only it were evening!” and in the evening, “If only it were morning!”—because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see. 68 The LORD will send you back in ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again. There you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.”

 

We know what happened to them. They did not listen and they did not enjoy the rest they had when they followed the Lord their God. Do you want some rest? Come to Jesus and get your rest. I did which is why I am writing so late today, but it also the reason that I am not worried about a rental going into foreclosure, an illness debilitating me, a this or that? Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Jesus is the way to God’s rest for your soul. Hebrews 4:1-2 tells us  Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.

Hear the Words of Jesus and trust Him by giving your life to Him; then regardless of your toil, your soul will always be at rest.


Got Comfort?

October 26, 2011

Hymnwriter Frances Ridley Havergal lived only forty-two years, but her influence is still felt today. Her most famous hymn, “”Take My Life and Let It Be,”” written in 1874, has inspired many Christians to devote themselves to the Lord’s service. God also used Frances Havergal’s inspiring hymns to comfort her as death approached in 1879. Shortly before she died of a lingering illness, Havergal was heard faintly singing one of the sixty hymns she had written. (from Today in the Word).

It is something about death that clamors for comfort in those who are near it or who are left as survivors for those who experienced death. In life, we go through situations or circumstances that feel like death when we don’t have the right perspective. I know that I am preoccupied with being done with the struggles of life. Let’s face it. Life is a struggle for the most of us. It does not matter if you have the material or not. Regardless, our deficits show us that we need the savior, Jesus Christ. Many of the disciples experienced hardships. The Apostle Paul understood what it meant to long for comfort.

What does comfort mean? How is one comforted? In the new testament, comfort is the Hebrew word parakaleō or paraklēsis. While there is a difference in the two words primarily used for comfort in the New Testament, the general idea is to have one come along side for encouragement or consolation. Whether we fully understand that concept or not, we all know that when we are down we want to be helped in our feeling of loss. How does that happen? 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 is one passage that gives us insight to that. Here are a few verses. 

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

The entire passage is powerful, so please read it. Here we see Paul giving praise to God the Father for the comfort that is in Him and the Son. It is clear that true comfort only comes from Jehovah, the triune God. The passage tells us that we go through hardships even facing death for one primary purpose. Verse 9 tells us that “But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” Our greatest concern is death. Paul’s position is that God, through Jesus Christ, raises us from the dead, so what fear should we have. We can be comforted in hardship or death since it will not mean the end for us who trust in Christ. Again, as the disciples said, What Manner of Man is This? If we want comfort, we must have Christ.



The Worlds Most Polluted

October 24, 2011

Linfen, China is the most polluted city on earth. According to The Daily Green, if one puts laundry out to dry, it will turn black before finishing drying. Located in China’s coal belt, spending one day in Linfen is equivalent to smoking three packs of cigarettes. 3 million people are affected by Linfen‘s coal and particulates pollution, which is residue from automobile and industrial emissions. in 2006, the Blacksmith Institute also developed the top ten most polluted places.

We are all aware of the various ills that pollution causes on our environment. From poor drinking water to contaminated air and soil, we know the impact is far-reaching into several decades and generations. While those contaminations are bad, they are not the worst case of pollution. Replace environmental pollution with moral filth, and you have an accurate picture of the human condition. We see this played out in the lives of man throughout time. From the beginning, when Adam failed to obey God and encourage his wife, Eve, to do the same, the pollution of the human heart prevailed. Again, when two angels arrived at Sodom to destroy the city because of the polluted behavior of the men, man showed the condition of his heart. Were it not for the grace of God, Lot and his entire family would have been caught in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Moreover, as Lot and family escaped, his daughters got their father drunk committing incest with him leading to the creation of the Moabites and the Ammonites. R.C Sproul stated children often repeat the sins of their parents, and so the later enmity between Israel and the peoples of Ammon and Moab is not surprising. Just as the sons of Jacob were not to follow the evil customs of these nations but instead be a light to them (Isa. 42:6–7).

These and other accounts are written as warnings for the community of believers who would be tempted to embrace sin (violence, idolatry, and immorality) which is spiritual pollution. God wanted to show the impact of spiritual pollution. When sin pollutes the heart, the human spiritual condition begins to decay similarly to the physical condition of a polluted river or soil. Just as God provided a way out for Lot who trusted in HIm, He also provides Christ as the way out of spiritual pollution, so the church, the Israel of God today (Gal. 6:16), must strive to point ungodly people to Christ. Pray for a friend who does not know Jesus and seek opportunities to share your faith with him.

The heart of man is the most polluted place; however, God has provided Christ as the way to escape the death caused by spiritual pollution. Jeremiah and Isaiah tells us the impact of a polluted heart. Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Isaiah 59:2 tells us 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. Surrender to Christ to be saved from the pollution of your heart.

What Manner of Man is This? II

October 23, 2011

When pursuing the idea of the holiness of God, we should look for characteristics of God that idea sets him apart from everything else ( Exod 15:11 ; Isa 6:3 ; Rev 4:8 ). Holiness is what God is. Jesus separated Himself from man. There is not a man on earth nor has there been or will be who possesses the power to do what Jesus did. By virtue of that display of sovereignty, Jesus separated Himself from all mankind.

In What Manner of Man is This?, Jesus was so holy much that the disciples showed that fear was their first response to his separateness. That is that which distinguishes Him from man. Remember, they were afraid of the storm but they were very fearful or terrified when the wind and waves obeyed Jesus’ command. They asked “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” He is the holy of holies. Today, we find another text, John 21, with the disciples experiencing the holiness of God. This text further distinguishes Jesus as this was after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

John 21 is the famous passage where a few of the disciples had been out fishing all night but had caught nothing. They had gone back to what they were doing before they met Jesus, but I digress. They spent all night out trying to catch fish. They expended their energy, time and expertise to no avail. Now, a seemingly stranger tells them to cast their net in a different position, the right side of boat. Like the right side of God where provision is provided. They were so desperate that they listened to the advice of an unknown. It is something about being humble and obedient when we need help that God responds. Once John told them that it was Jesus who had directed their nets, Peter jumped out of the boat to go to Him. This is how we should respond when the Holy of Holies speaks to us and provides for us. We need to come appropriately and quickly. As Matthew Henry says, we should note that Christ is often nearer to us than we think he is, and so we shall find afterwards, to our comfort. I am sure their comfort level was increased by His presence and His provision, large sums of fish. Be sure that those that would have supplies from Christ must own themselves empty and needy.

As the other disciples in the directed the boat to the shore where Jesus was, their nets became abundantly full. Now, they had been fishing all night with not one fish being caught. At Jesus’ direction, their nets became full because they realized the deficit and need. We are devoid of holiness of our own. Christ has shown that He is a different manner of man than we are. Christ has shown His holiness and the ability to make anyone holy who trusts in His incarnation and resurrection as testaments to who He is – God the Son.

What Manner of Man is This II? The one who listens to the needs of man and is able to provide for all their needs both spiritual and any other kind. Have you, like the disciples, toiled expending time and energy for naught? Christ is the means to be considered holy. Remember, without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14). Holiness is only found in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is Jesus who makes us holy. Without His presence in your life by your unconditional surrender to follow Him and His ways, you will not be holy, and since not, you will not see God. You decide.

 

What Manner of Man is This?

October 22, 2011

Sorry that I have been off-line over this past week. In continuing to pursue the holiness of God, I listened to a one message, The Holiness of Christ, in a teaching series by R.C. Sproul. Remember from the post God is Holy, All of heaven’s hosts, Israel, and the church ascribe praise to a holy God because that idea sets him apart from everything else ( Exod 15:11 ; Isa 6:3 ; Rev 4:8 ). Holiness is what God is. Holiness also comprises his plan for his people. (Baker)

Let’s get right into the text of the day, Mark 4:35-41 and the assertion by Dr. Sproul that when man encounters a holy God we are uncomfortable and we are dreadfully aware of our unholiness. We see it when we speak to a person and don’t realize their commitment to the faith. Some words or thoughts that one might normally say are withheld. Proverbs 28:1 “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” People are uncomfortable around true believers not be cause we are so holy, but because we represent the one, Christ, who is truly holy.

When we are in extreme danger with no means of escape and some one rescues us, we are always grateful and appreciative. In fact, we some times go overboard with our gratitude. Again, let’s look at our text in conjunction with what has been said above.

35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Jesus asks the disciples two questions one of which was Why are you so afraid? It’s not as though Jesus did not know, but the emphasis is on how not one but all responded. They responded in fear as they had never seen anyone who had control over nature. That when He spoke to the wind and the waves they obeyed and the danger from the storm immediately ceased. Again, we seek help when there are dangers beyond our control or our belief of control. I know the disciples did not expect Jesus to command the wind and the waves to be quiet and still. He did and they complied. This is holiness of God. Truly, Jesus separated Himself from man. There is not a man on earth nor has there been or will be who possesses the power to do what Jesus did. By virtue of that display of sovereignty, Jesus separated Himself from all mankind. Jesus was holy so much so that the disciples fear was escalated. They were afraid of the storm but they were very fearful or terrified when the wind and waves obeyed Jesus’ command. They asked “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” He is the holy of holies.

That is the manner of man Jesus is – holy.

Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit

October 19, 2011

Today’s post will be short and hopefully powerful. We have explored what is holiness. We know that holiness is an essence of God’s character. It is the presence and proclamation of  God that makes people or things holy. When I was saved, the Holy Spirit came to live inside me (Ephesians 1:4,13;2:22;3:17). At the point where God entered me and set me apart for His purposes, I became holy. What does that mean for us? God wants people whose hearts are set on living for him aspiring to evidence the character of God rather than the character of sin. Our text today states that clearly. 2 Corinthians 7:1 says “Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”

Again, this refers to the sanctification process each believer is expected to matriculate during his/her time on earth. God expects us to aspire to a higher, distinct and separate way of living – a holy living if you will. We see this in the passage that proceeds our verse for the day. In 2 Corinthians 6:16b-18, God, through Paul, says:

As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

 17 “Therefore come out from them
and be separate,
says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
and I will receive you.”
18 “I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”

The expectation for the believer is that we rely on God to change us through our obedience to Him. That means to separate ourselves from the behavior that we once beheld before we surrendered our lives to the lordship of Jesus Christ. As followers of Christ, we must be holy as He was holy. We see the promise in verse 18: God says He will be a Father to us and we will be sons and daughters to Him; therefore Paul says in 7:1 Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”

If the promise of being a child of God means anything to you, then you, through faith and obedience to Christ, must commit to purifying or cleansing ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit. What are those things that contaminate body and spirit? We will look more deeply at that tomorrow; however today, it is anything being a thought, word or action that is in contradiction to the Word of God.  Sin contradicts. What do we do that violates the Word of God? We all struggle with different things, but it means for us to listen to the Spirit as He identifies that which contaminates body and spirit.  What has He said to you? Be blessed.

Holiness only through the Blood of the Lamb

October 17, 2011

We know that Without Holiness No One Will See The Lord. Since that is the case, it must be our goal to attain holiness, but what exactly is holiness? Holiness is the condition of being holy. Pastor Ray Pritchard wrote much about the meaning of holy. Holy, in its purest sense, “to be set apart.” Pastor Pritchard said, “A thing is holy if it is set apart for a special use”. This is of course in the context of God setting it apart not us. Pastor Pritchard went on to say “we can go a step farther and say that anything is “holy” that is “set apart” for God. Holiness is an attribute of God that he allows man, in part, to share only through Christ.

In Christ, man becomes set apart for holy use for God when He chooses to use you for His purposes. 1 Corinthians 1:28-30 tells us 28 “He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” Again, to be of holy use is to be in Christ or should I say to have Christ in you through the Spirit. A.W. Tozer said, “It is possible to have same truth in the mind without having the Spirit in the heart, but it is never possible to have the Spirit apart from truth.”

Tozer, in Knowledge of The Holy, goes on to say “God is holy with an absolute holiness that knows no degrees, and this He cannot impart to His creatures. But there is a relative and contingent holiness which He shares with angels and seraphim in heaven and with redeemed men on earth as their preparation for heaven. This holiness God can and does impart to His children. He shares it with them by imputation and by impartation, and because He has made it available to them through the blood of the Lamb, He requires it of them. To Israel first and later to His Church God spoke, saying, “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” He did not say “Be ye as holy as I am holy,” for that would be to demand of us absolute holiness, something that belongs to God alone.”

Without the blood of the Lamb of God, holiness is unattainable and man is doomed in this state. As one covered by the blood of the Lamb, I must subscribe to God’s way of loving righteousness and abhorring sin. What does holiness look like in my everyday living? John 3 is a text that describes the new life, the one of righteousness and not sinfulness. John 3:30 tells us plainly. John says “He must increase, but I must decrease.” As I commit my thoughts, words and ways to God, I become more like God – a continual aspiration to god-like character is how were are sanctified. My complete holiness was achieved only through the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.

Without Holiness No One Will See The Lord

October 15, 2011

This elusive definition of holiness is shaping up. We see that we need to be separate from the world in the sense of what we think, say and do. It is with these faculties that our holiness is measured. God wants people whose hearts are set on living for him aspiring to evidence the character of God rather than the character of sin.

Another Greek word for holiness is hagiasmos. It means 1) consecration, purification 2) the effect of consecration a) sanctification of heart and life. Simply, a devotion of ourselves to the purity and sanctity of God’s way of life. God expects us who are sinful to be increasingly less sinful – the process of sanctification. Romans 12:1-3 tells us that God wants to transform and sanctify us by the renewing of our minds. He wants to transform us into the express image of His Son Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:17-18) by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells (Ephesians 1:4,13;2:22;3:17) in every believer.

We see this in Hebrews 12:14 where God says 14 “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” A.W. Tozer, in Knowledge of The Holy said, “No honest man can say “I am holy,” but neither is any honest man willing to ignore the solemn words of the inspired writer, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Caught in this dilemma, what are we Christians to do? We must like Moses cover ourselves with faith and humility while we steal a quick look at the God whom no man can see and live. The broken and the contrite heart He will not despise. We must hide our unholiness in the wounds of Christ as Moses hid himself in the cleft of the rock while the glory of God passed by. We must take refuge from God in God. Above all we must believe that God sees us perfect in His Son while He disciplines and chastens and purges us that we may be partakers of His holiness.

In Get Jesus: Get Holy, we saw that the Word says As He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. We have the mandate and we have the man, Jesus, who can make us holy. Surrender to Jesus Christ, so you can be made holy because without Christ there is no possible way for you to be holy and Without Holiness No One Will See The Lord.

 

Get Jesus: Get Holy

October 13, 2011

Pastor Ray Pritchard wrote much about the meaning of holy. Holy, in its purest sense, “to be set apart.” Pastor Pritchard said, “A thing is holy if it is set apart for a special use”. This is of course in the context of God setting it apart not us. Other words you might use are words like distinctive or different. Applied to God, holiness is that characteristic that sets him apart from his creation. There are many verses that speak of God being “on high,” “reigning,” “in his holy temple,” “sitting on the throne.” These verses all picture God as separate from creation and reigning over it.

Pastor Pritchard went on to say “we can go a step farther and say that anything is “holy” that is “set apart” for God. That’s why we call the Bible the Holy Bible-it contains the Word of God. We call Israel the Holy Land because it is the land he chose for his own people. The angels are holy angels because they belong to God. The sabbath is holy because he set it apart for himself. And when Moses stood before the burning bush, he was told to take off his shoes because he was standing on “holy ground”-ground that God had set apart for himself. There is a second important meaning of the word holy: “Utterly pure, separated from sin.” The Bible tells us that God hates sin, that he cannot sin nor will he tempt others to sin. God is so pure that he cannot tolerate sin in any form in his presence. One day he will destroy sin forever.”

That last sentence corresponds to what we previously discussed. Because God was there in the burning bush to speak with Moses, the ground became holy. In my own thinking, it appears that what is holy is what God sets apart and what he possesses or takes as His own. It is the presence and proclamation of  God that makes people or things holy. When I was saved, the Holy Spirit came to live inside me (Ephesians 1:4,13;2:22;3:17). At the point where God entered me and set me apart for His purposes, I became holy. As I stated in As He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, I know to be holy is to be separate for godly character not sinful character.

Have you asked Christ to be the Lord and Savior of your soul? If you have not, there is no way to become holy. If you are not holy, you will not be united with God. If not united with God, you will not enjoy the fullness of His love, peace, joy and ultimately eternal life with Him. Get Jesus: Get Holy