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The Awesome Holiness of God
By Jerry W Hulse
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
If sin in its fullness caused the judgment of God to fall on a nation in one day then the question for us today in this generation should be; “with all the violence and disregard for all that is holy, how close are we in reaping the same or worse”?
The thought for this story came to me after hearing a message from one of our newly ordained ministers expounding on the new heaven and new earth which will be filled with righteousness.
I also have been touched by reading some inspiring hubs by Christian authors on hub pages.
These inspiring hubs made me think that maybe there is hope for America and the world at large which caused me to think on the Holiness of the Living God.
Some of these hubs caused me to think of the famous sermon preached by Jonathan Edwards titled “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. This sermon caused the Holiness of God to fall mightily upon the congregation bringing the people to a realization of their sin before the eyes of a Holy God who sees and hears everything in his universe.
We remember back in the days of Lot that the search was made to find ten righteous people that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah could have been spared from the severity of God’s judgment who hates sin but there was not even ten that could be found.
If sin in its fullness caused the judgment of God to fall on a nation in that day then the question to us today in this generation should be; “with all the violence and disregard for all that is holy, how close are we in reaping the same or worse”?
We desperately need a spiritual cleansing in our world today and it needs to start with the men and women standing in their churches attempting to bring some hope and meaning to their congregations.
My question to you the reader and to myself is this; what is this cleansing fire that would cause men and women to weep and mourn before their creator?
To answer that question would be to get a glimpse of the Holiness of the Living God.
The Holiness of God is who God is. It is his character and it is that part that separates him from all other things in the universe because he does not depend on things that were created to sustain him but all creation is dependent upon him for its existence. Our God is Holy in thought and deed as I said before, it is a part of his character.
God is not held in place by anything or anyone nor is he bound or limited by space and time.
He is and has always existed and all things are held in place by the word of his power.
The most powerful Supreme Court judge holding the life and future of an individual brought before him would pale in comparison to the day that he himself will be standing in front of the Judge of the universe who created him.
If we look at Exodus 19 verse 18, we find the people trembling and the mountain shaking as God’s awesome presence and power descends upon the mountain in front of them.
This awesome presence and holiness caused Adam and Eve to hide in the garden because of failing to keep his commandment. It also caused the face of Moses to shine that he had to place a cover over it to address the people.
Dear reader if what you have read thus far does not cause you to think then I ask you to view the suffering and trial of Job who thought he was at the point of death which caused him to curse his day of birth, yes look at Job as his anguish turns into pure joy, worship and adoration when he came face to face with the holiness of God after his trial.
Look at Isaiah the sixth chapter and see the prophet of God shaking in weakness when he was confronted with the awesome keen awareness of God’s holiness and power which caused the man of God to become aware of his own sinful nature and the sin of the people around him. In verse 5 we hear him crying out that he is a man of unclean lips. He was terrified of being in the presence of a Holy God.
When we see and recognize God’s holiness, we soon become aware of our own ungodliness. Isaiah realizes that there is a whole nation of people around him in desperate need of the same cleansing he himself has just received which caused him to be filled with compassion for the lost and changed this man of God into a humble man that is filled with a desire to commit his entire life to the Lord’s service.
Our churches today need this cleansing revival fire and presence of the Living God to show up in our services which will pull the masks off of what we think are important persons and strip away the false pretenses or shall I call them actors in the house of God.
The Holiness of God will cause the souls of men and women to be laid bare before the eyes of an all knowing and all seeing God.
When God shows up in his Holiness, the works of men are tested and what we thought was the workings of his Spirit, will be shown to be nothing more than our own fleshly cravings and desires which will burned and consumed like wood, hay and stubble.
We read in the Holy Scriptures that men and women trembled in the presence of the Angels of God and my question is, “will this give us a glimpse of his Holiness and awesome presence to one day stand before him and give an account of our lives”?
It is no secret that some of our churches have become social clubs and have lost their love and zeal for the lost seated with people who use the pretense of gossip as a prayer request.
People have attempted to bring God down to their level and convince people that he has lowered his standard but my answer to all would be that according to how he has shown up in history and made himself known even in the founding of this republic called the United States of America, “He is the standard that we must measure up to”.
I close this hub with a word and a prayer and that is We the church desperately need a fresh encounter with the Holiness of God which will make us become aware of how dangerous it is to play with sin as if putting a snake in our pocket to warm up and trusting it not to bite us as if we are somehow immune to its venom and judgment of death to its victims.
Again, why doesn’t the world want what we have to offer?
Dear reader, as long as we think we are right, what need is there for a change and a voice to cry out to a Living God to come and kindle us with fresh revival cleansing fire which will consume and expose sin and its wages for what it is and that is death both spiritually and physically with eternal separation from God and all that is Holy. Amen.
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