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December 30, 2020 2:00 am
The word holiness hardly seems like an appropriate word for the twenty-first century. But in the message "Holy, Holy, Holy!" we discover why God's holiness is the one attribute that binds all His other attributes together.
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God in his holiness conviction God and his love cleanses you.
God in his wisdom calls you and God and his power qualifies you will discover that God calls you as soon as you go here I am, send me soon as you step into that God will give you a qualification comes with all the help you sculpt what you picture when you think of God's holiness monks wearing robes and living in monasteries.
That's not really what holiness is today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip continues to explore God's holiness and shares why can transform your life. First, we want to share about where you can hear even more encouraging Bible messages from Skip rights, connect with skip. I think Fontana last Saturdays at 4:30 PM now, or catch on TPN on Sundays at 5:30 AM Eastern.
Be sure to tune in and hear more solid Bible teaching from skip. You can play a vital role in keeping the power of Scripture on-air for you and so many others call right now to give 800 9218 8800 9218 eight or visit connectwithskip.com/donate that connectwithskip.com/donate. Thank you. Now we're in Isaiah chapter 6 as we dive into her study with Skip Heitzig for the day Jesus and Peter go fishing early on in Jesus ministry appeared in quite understand who he was dealing with an Jesus was.
So what is the let's go out with go fishing and Peter was look I've been fishing all night and I caught that nothing, zero, zip, zilch, not so your preacher on a fisherman. I know my business when I can catch anything but I'll humor you. Let's go out nevertheless to your workbook so that God fishing you know the story Jesus is toss your nets over here, Peter does and they he catches so much fish he can even pull a man right. The nets are about to break. Suddenly, Peter changes and he says, depart from me, Lord.
I'm a sinful man when you are Peter the field and stream guide just a minute ago you were the great fisherman of the Sea of Galilee. You fished all night and caught nothing, but now he realizes who is dealing with. This is the Lord depart from me, Lord, I am a sinful man. Here's another example we just read it or I read it to you. Revelation chapter 4. There are 24 thrones, and 24 elders gathered around the throne of God. Not all of them take off their crown of authority and throw it down on the ground submitting to that one on the throne we might be something special to be up there in heaven but were not like him. He is holy, holy, holy.
So holiness magnifies corruption. Think of it this way, you might fancy yourself as a rock 'n' roll singer because you can sing in the shower but put you on stage next to Beyoncé or Ray Lafontaine and and you don't sound that good in comparison. You might think you know I'm a pretty good golfer but but do around with Tiger and see how you do, you might say, you know, I was pretty good at baseball my college days, but get you on the field with Mike Trout. It's a different ballgame, literally and figuratively. Cato put it this way you don't impress the officials at Nassau with a paper airplane. You don't boast about your crayon sketches in the presence of Picasso me, it's Picasso. So show me a prideful person and I'll show you somebody who has never met God meeting God is going to change you, and do something in deflating your pride so that even a prophet like Isaiah next to the purity of God's holiness must cry oh is me/cringe whenever I hear people I've heard people say stuff like this one. I see God. I have a few things I want to tell him when people say that the registered step back a few steps is going for lightning anytime now. I want to be out of the vicinity to tell God if you listen when you see God in a fall at your feet is dead. That's what happened to John in the book of Revelation when I saw him, I fell at his feet as a dead man to be mouthing off to the holy one, so holiness means separation and holiness magnifies corruption. There's 1/3 way the God God's holiness should affect us holiness mandates purification follow my thinking here when you understand who God really is and then you suddenly compare yourself to that you know what you do want to keep it that way right you want to move into the next phase to do something about what you have discovered that is purification so that happens here verse six. Then I love these little connectives. Then, as if to say immediately or to solve the problem that I saw in verse five. Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a little live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar picture that I know sometimes hard to do but picture that a life goal little hot red hot white-hot brick at that. He took with the tongs of the author and he touched my mouth with it. Ouch. Good thing this is a vision how seven sound pleasant. I'm of the first time when I moved from California and sat down to a meal and they asked me a question you like green or red green or red what Chilean and so I'm not even while I like chili I grew up with Jillian Oak beans and hamburger chili right.
I little did I know this was chili and so I said green and I member it touched my lips cease so so so so to get this idea here I took a life: it's the idea here is purification.
I think I was terrified at night it cured everything I came in there with but but notice this, he touched my mouth with the verse seven and said, behold, this has touched your lips, your iniquity and send your your sin, your iniquity is taken away and your sin is purged or forgiven.
This is symbolic of cleansing. It touches his lips. Why is lips what you just said I'm a man of unclean. What lips I have a mouth problem. So God applied for the Angel applied the touching of the coal to burn away the sin that he himself confessed. I got a mouth problem. I'm a man of unclean lips. I little around a bunch of foulmouthed people. So the angel took the brick at and touched his lips and said your sin is forgiven and why is that because here's the principle unholiness cannot coexist with holiness. Unholiness cannot coexist with holiness. Either God must destroy that which is unholy or else God must somehow remove the sin and that this happens to be the whole story of the Bible front to back. It's all about taking a coal and touching areas of people's lives there mouth their hearts, their minds, their decisions, cleansing it and bringing forgiveness to weathers of the Old Testament Tabernacle were you bring in animal and the animal would die in your place so that your sin could be forgiven all of that anticipatory to the great sacrifice of Jesus on the cross where he functioned as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and in that moment, God the father and Jesus were separated.
Jesus was judicially separated from the father so that the weight of sin fell on him. He is purging our sins, he is purifying us and taking it away. That's the message of the gospel the message of the gospel is that a holy God has made a way for on holy people.
That's why were excited because the way God deals with us God's solution isn't to destroy the unholy, though he will do that one day he's not above doing that, but his solution for us is not to destroy the unholy but to declare the unholy is holy, so as soon as I said, Rosemary, and he confessed to sin, unclean lips as soon as he did that that area was touched and the proclamation was given your forgiven your cleanse your purifying first Peter chapter 3 verse 18's neatly sums it up for Christ died for sins once for all the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God. There is, he died once for all the righteous one for the unrighteous one so that he can declare the unrighteous one righteous is the gospel. Isaiah understood that there is a golf between unholy me, and holy God.
That's what he said. Woe is me, but then he was shown by the angel that God's forgiveness could bridge that gap.
So Isaiah said woe is me, the angel comes in basically says yeah what was you, but wow was God because your sin now is forgiven you are purified by the way, this is the reason why so many people can go to church claim to be religious people all llama I'm a religious.
I'm a Christian and I'll make that claim, but their lives are not changed. It's because they don't really believe or understand the great golf between holy God and sinful man.
I've even heard people pray some like this will Lord if I've send.
I just want to say I'm sorry if you stand, excuse me if I wire you have been praying about it if you're not sure I've always love the story about Frederick the great who toured the Berlin prison he was the King of Prussia at the time and he went to prison and in the cells were all the inmates in as he appeared in his robes as the king all the inmates. All of them one by one claimed his innocence. I should be here. I don't deserve this.
I'm I'm innocent.
Let me go.
All of them except one was one guy in the cell alone with his head down, who said nothing and the king stopped in front of that little cell and said I suppose you gonna tell me you're innocent as well and the man shook his head said no, your Majesty, I am not innocent.
I am guilty and I deserve punishment the full extent of the law was surprised Frederick stood up, and then he made this proclamation release this last school before he corrupts all these fine innocent people, what got him out of jail.
The admission that he should be there. I'm guilty he said. Isaiah said, I'm guilty. God said your cleanse your forgiven not his wife's self-righteous people.
That is why just religious people don't go to heaven because they never admit they have a need.
I'm good. I try harder work car to go to church and doing my best.
How about, there's nothing I could do they ever deserve it.
I'm a sinner. That's how you get guises. Okay, you've admitted the truth. Now I can cleanse you and by the way, that's what keeps us going back to the throne of grace is his holiness. First John chapter 1 verse nine if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It's a regular practice of ours, is it not to seek God's forgiveness because we blow it a lot. It's routine so holiness means separation holiness magnifies corruption and holiness mandates purification may give your fourth and will close because it's in the text. Holiness motivates commission that you would think after verse seven that Isaiah could just go home and it is been a good day he saw God I saw how holy God was how bad he was.
He asked for forgiveness. He got it gone now Isaiah you're a good profit you think about these things you think about your life that didn't happen. It seems like God has work to do and he's looking for a preacher to do it. So in verse eight, the Angels have been speaking but now it's different God. For the first time in the text. God has something to say I heard of the voice of the Lord saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us. There's a whole nation out there that needs to hear a message and then I said, here am I send me notice how quickly. Isaiah volunteered.
He wasn't coerced.
Does that sound coerced no this is not coerced, he's just cleansed and he gladly offers himself to God. Send me all go some years ago I was in a grocery store in the in the checkout line and other was a woman in front of me with her groceries and a card I had mine and we got to talking. This is the checker was checking her out so she said so what you do. I said I'm a pastor. She kinda winced like that. She looked at me and she's then she looked me up and down and I thought Anna know what that's all about. Maybe she she thinks I I don't look like pastor, which I always take as a compliment. By the way, when people tell me that it'll look like, but you look at me to men she said you're a preacher your minister said yes ma'am I am and then she said this simply she said why I just why I was struck by that I mean it was as if she was saying. Really, you couldn't get a job anywhere else 7-Eleven wasn't hiring so you joined the ministry item if it is as if I had been forced to do it rather than I've been called to do it. Here's the truth.
Once you've been cleansed, you're gonna want to be commissioned. That's just the natural pattern of Christian life, one should cleansed you want to be commissioned. I see it all the time. Every pastor on the staff every every ministry leader. Who are they there all saves sinners who met a holy God, and now want to serve them to simple as that.
Here I am, send me so. God in his holiness convicts you.
God in his love cleanses you. God in his wisdom calls you and God and his power qualifies you, you'll discover that if God calls you soon as you go here I am, send me soon as you step into that God will give you a qualification that comes with the calling will help you do what is called you to do and it's all prompted by his holiness. It's how he makes us holy I want you to listen to this.
Think of it this way.
His holiness leads to our wholeness. His holiness leads to our wholeness.
You want to be a whole complete person be drawn to his holiness because it happens to be an attribute he wants to share with you is not like God is holy.
Let's just leave it at that time on holy God is holy. No, God actually wants you to be like him, Leviticus chapter 11 also quoted by Peter in the New Testament God said you must be holy because I am holy I want you to be like me. I want you to share this trait. This characteristic Hebrews chapter 12 pursue peace with all people, and holiness without which no one will see the Lord just in case you still wonder of God's will for you is to be holy. First Thessalonians chapter 4 verse three for this is the will of God.
Even your sanctification is a 50 send word for being holy God wants us to be holy. So bottom line is this a relationship with God is always transformative is always transformative.
Once you meet holy God. You'll never be the same.
And what happens is you start becoming holy somebody put it, God loves you the way you are, but he loves you too much to leave you the way you are. So we take you just as you are, but then you are transformed by that encounter, and it's a constant transformation so the Bible says be holy because God is holy, then the question kinda kinda comes naturally. So how do I know when I'm holy beards long ropes sandals right. How do I know what I'm holy hair shirts stone cells stained glass. Note we know God is holy because of two things is µ God hates sin. God loves righteousness. This is that simple. God hates sin. God loves righteous.
That's why is holy, so how do you know when you're holy you can hate what God hates you and love God loves right and make sense you find yourself hating Cindy to find yourself loving righteousness. That's the gauge that we go by does it mean wherever perfect, but it does mean we are purposeful in our pursuit of God and in becoming an pleasing becoming what God wants to become. I think of the best single sentence definition of holiness. I found is given to us by Chuck Colson take a look at it. Holiness is the everyday business of the Christian. It evidences itself in the decisions we make and the things we do our by our day by day. It's that simple.
Every day you and I make decisions should be say that she would not say that should we do this, should we not do this. She would go with that group that person or not.
Go with and you evaluate hopefully and you say, what with the Lord want me to do in this choice, and when you make the right choices you find yourself growing in holiness. You're well on the way to be holy, for I am holy God is holy, holy, holy. Either way I read do you Revelation 4 we read together.
Isaiah 6. Did you notice the lyrics of the song haven't changed okay so it's a scene in heaven. Isaiah here's holy, holy, holy, John has a vision of heaven same lyrics same zone, holy, holy, holy. Now Isaiah wrote around 740 BC John sees the vision to hundred 80s… Say there's roughly 750 years between what Isaiah saw in heaven and what John sans have and what's striking is there singing the same worship song you hear an angel and could could we like update things around or we would sing holy, holy, holy, for 750 years and we can we just make things cooler than that. No, here's the point. There are some truths that transcend crazes and trends, and their still captivated by God and still captivated by God's holiness.
So there's still going holy, holy, holy, and guess what, I think you can hear that tune yourself in heaven or close with a quote because I think it personalizes this truth for us is a W toes are. He said are we losing our oh no don't read that like oh the ideas are we losing our when the heart is on its new yard when the heart on its knees, moves into the awesome presence and hears with fear and wonder things not lawful to water the mind falls flat and words. Previously, his faithful servants become weak and totally incapable of telling what the heart here's an sees in that awesome moment the worshiper can only try that conclude Skip a text message from the series 20 right now want to share about an exciting resource that will help you rediscover the power. Recent research has found that Google searches for the word prayer surged worldwide alongside the spread of the novel coronavirus Google trends data shows that the search intensity for prayer doubles every 8000 2/19 cases, but is there a right way or a more effective way to bring tears best-selling author King Arthur, where the battles ranging were to be on the frontlines on the front lines on her knees on the frontline standing in the full armor of God Chi's book Lord, teach me to pray in 28 days offers simple but powerful instruction on how and what to pray and what to expect when you do, and it's on our way to see you when you give a gift of $25 or more today to help keep this ministry on the air. Give online securely and connectwithskip.com/offer for call 800-922-1888. The Scripture works in you as you read it plainly, the Bible is powerful and change his life change happening in your life as well as in the lives of so many others around the world.
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