HOLINESS!! Part 1

 

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If this girl is happy to get a watermelon think how happy you will be whey you walk in “Holiness” HAPPY holiness

 

The Lord said, “be holy for I am Holy” (Leviticus 11:44, 45; 19:2; 20:7). The more we walk in holiness the greater our ability to walk in joy with Him.   Some understand holiness as a list of hard fast rules and exhausting self-denial, but the truth is that God’s holiness is the most pleasurable and exhilarating quality of life in existence. This is how God is on His Throne right now; He is Holy and Joyful. David understood this when He wrote, “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore (Ps. 16:11).

 

We get to walk forth in holiness. It is not a struggle but a joy that brings Godly pleasures, peace in our hearts, and liberty. The four living creatures are exploding with song as they gaze upon the holiness of God. Holiness leads to joy—Jesus is HOLY and He is happiest Man alive.

 

Jesus is the holiest man that lived. Why? Because He was about His Fathers business, He pursued the knowledge of God and was lead by the Holy Spirit.  John the Baptist was holy, and the angel Gabriel said that John’s ministry would, “have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth” (John 1:14). Jesus prayed, “…that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves” (John 17:13). We must set our life to know God, resist sin and satan, and pursue God and people so that we walk in happy holiness.

 

Holiness is not what we don’t do it is what we do! In order to walk forth in a life of holiness we must do two very important things: seek the superior pleasure of God, and we must set our hearts to 100 percent obedience.

 

In the midst of the escalating sin both now and in the end times, Jesus will bring His people to victory. He is returning for a Church that lives as a spotless prepared Bride that is fascinated with God and walking in His power (Rev. 19:7). When we gaze at Jesus’ beauty our body, soul and Spirit is empower to overcome even in the midst of the most lawless, demonic, and sexually perverted generation in history. Paul said “…that He [Jesus] might…cleanse her [the Church] with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:26-27).

 

We are made by God to interact with Himself and each other in a glourious way. For instance we have our minds to comprehend the majesty of God, and our hearts to feel the emotions of God. God wants us to interact with Him in a heavenly, and very real, earthly circumstances. Mike Bickle from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City shares about 7 longings that God created us to have.

 

LONGING #1: THE LONGING FOR THE ASSURANCE OF BEING ENJOYED BY GOD

9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you.” (Jn. 15:9)

We were created with a craving to be pursued, delighted in, and enjoyed, first by God and then by our loved ones. Understanding God’s affection for us is where we begin to live exhilarated by His love. There is a great difference between rebellion and spiritual immaturity (that sincerely seeks to obey God).

 

LONGING #2: THE LONGING TO BE FASCINATED

4 One thing I desired…all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD… (Ps. 27:4)

There is a craving in our spirit to be fascinated, to marvel, and be awestruck. The entertainment industry has identified this longing and exploited it to their profit—to the ruin of people. Without having a sense of awe we live aimlessly and spiritually bored. A spiritually bored Church is weak and vulnerable.

 

LONGING #3: THE LONGING TO BE BEAUTIFUL

3…to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning… (Isa. 61:3)

Every person longs to possess beauty and to feel beautiful. The beauty that God possesses is the very beauty that He imparts through redemption. His beauty is transferable to human beings through Jesus!

 

LONGING #4: THE LONGING TO BE GREAT

19“…whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 5:19)

We long to be successful. The great God created us with a desire for greatness. Jesus preached that we should strive for greatness. We were made for greatness and honor (Heb. 2:7). We cannot repent of this longing, only of pursuing it in a wrong way. Instead we must present this longing before God and ask that He teach us and cultivate our gifting so that we walk pure before Him.

 

LONGING #5: THE LONGING FOR INTIMACY WITHOUTSHAME

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant (Ps. 25:14).

We each long for intimacy without shame in knowing and being known before the Lord. Jesus shares the secrets of His heart with His people (Ps. 25:14), and we will share the secrets of our heart with Him. We desire a deep and personal loving relationship, and very seldom find that in relationship with others (no matter how God they are). We can have several, very deep and meaningful relationships. But we the longing for a deep, secret, relationship can only be satisfied by God.

 

LONGING #6: THE LONGING TO BE WHOLEHEARTED—FIRST COMMANDMENT

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’(Matt. 22:37)

We long to give our all to God with deep loyal love. He imparts to us the power to be passionate because He is a passionate God. We cannot function properly until we passionately give our heart to a Person and purpose beyond ourselves. If we don’t have something to die for, we have nothing to live for. Also we are always trying to give our self to something or someone in a wholehearted way. But we cannot give to people what is reserved only for God, and we cannot grow close to people without growing close to God. Only when we diligently work to grow in intimacy with Christ can we grow in fellowship with others (1 John 1:1-3).

 

LONGING #7: THE LONGING FOR SIGNIFICANCE—TO MAKE A LASTING IMPACT

We are desperate to live with meaning and to make a contribution that is significant to God so that He esteems and remembers it forever. This longing is satisfied by service that results in eternal impact and rewards. God designed us to long to make a difference in the lives of others.

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