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Saturday, November 3, 2012

HOLINESS: Seeing God-Asher Intrater

Holiness: Seeing God

By Asher Intrater
Holiness is the pure and perfect character of God. He is so holy, that He is actually "Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:2)." Isaiah saw Him in that holiness. "My eyes have seen the King (Isaiah 6:5)." While we cannot attain that level of holiness, He does demand us to become holy like Him. "Be holy for I am holy (Leviticus 19:2)".
To be holy we must put a distance between ourselves and the influences in society which encourage immorality (I Thessalonians 4:3, Numbers 15:39-40, Job 31:1). Because of the increased technology in the arts and entertainment, advertising and media, there is a flood of lustful imagery today unknown to any previous generation.
The human heart has the ability to see spiritual things (John 3:3). We have spiritual "eyes" (Ephesians 1:18, Acts 26:18). When pictures of lust fill our imagination, we cannot see the things of the kingdom of God. Purity of heart enables us to see God (Matthew 5:8). Without holiness we cannot see God - "Holiness, without which no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14)." If without holiness we cannot see God, then with holiness we can.
Holiness is a means to see God. The purpose and motivation to be holy is to see Him. Holiness is simply looking in the right direction. What Isaiah saw in chapter 6 is promised to us all in chapter 33. "Your eyes will see the King in His beauty (Isaiah 33:17)." Holiness is the ability to see God's beauty; it is the desire of our hearts to focus our attention on Him. Let's not let lust rob us of such a beautiful vision.

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