And you shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all of your heart! (Jeremiah 29:13)
The LORD is good to those that wait for Him; to the soul that seeks Him. (Lamentations 3:25)
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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
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.