Sunday, May 22, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum


Holiness of God
Isaiah 6:1-8
 
Jeril Philip
St. Thomas Delaware Valley MTC, PA

 

King Uzziah of Israel, was brave, strong and wise person.  The people had felt a sense of security during the  reign of King Uzziah . The death of the King was sudden and unexpected. This made the Israelites very confused, frustrated and depressed.  
Prophet Isaiah was a close relative and the political advisor of the king Uzziah.  As he was the prophet, Isaiah had the knowledge of knowing Gods’ will and hence advised the king accordingly.
The enemies were waiting for a chance to attack Israel.  By observing the situation of the nation, even the prophet also became upset.  The prophet knelt down and meditated at the temple of the Lord. The prophet saw a wonderful vision of the Lord, sitting on the heavenly throne, which was high and lifted up.  He saw the Lord who is the most powerful one. We should not be dismayed or discouraged when trouble comes but  kneel down and pray to the Almighty Lord.
The context of this chapter was that the king has just died and the throne of Israel was available, there was no king sitting on the throne.  Isaiah was walking into the temple of the Lord  when God opened up Isaiah’s eyes and allowed him to see the heavenly kingdom. This can be very relevant when it comes to our lives today. We can’t be looking at man or the government for direction but we need to be looking at God. Everyone is worried about the upcoming elections and picking sides hoping that person will solve the issues of our country . The reason our country has issues in the first place is that we lost sight of God and seeking Him, reading the Word, depending on the power of the Holy Spirit for salvation for change. The dollar bill that says “In God We Trust” doesn’t mean anything anymore.  It doesn’t matter who is in the White House if the people do not change. In 1 Peter 4:17 it says that, “for it is time for judgment to begin with God's household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” We are the house of the Lord but are we seeking Him first? How many of us say that we are Christians but yet we  are ensnared by  the things of the world. We care about money, power, pride, rather than  love, charity and forgiveness. We want to seek our own personal holiness rather than God’s Holiness. We say we love Jesus but hate people. Do you walk in Holiness?
What is Holiness? There are two words which are related to the word Holiness the first of which is consecration, which is our reaction to God’s love. It makes us want to separate ourselves form all the junk of the world and be closer to God.
Sanctification which is life long process in which the holy spirit sees our wellness to consecrate our self and He begins this transformation process by making us more holy and useful for the kingdom of God. In summary consecration is man’s job(
Leviticus 20:7) and sanctification is the Holy Spirit’s job (1 Thessalonians 5:23) and it starts from the time you get saved unto eternity. One will not happen without the other. What this means is that you can’t ask God to change you if you’re not willing to change.
When our life is going well, we may not be able to find time to see the Glory of the Lord. When trouble comes, we are to kneel down in His presence; and He will convert our problems into projects.  The vision of the Lord and His throne empowered the prophet to face the problems.  His negative thoughts were transformed to positive thoughts.  He realized the everlasting Lord would be with him forever, in all the circumstances of life.
The personal experience and vision of the Glory of the Lord made the prophet stronger than ever to face the realities of life.  He did not only know the Lord, but also experienced the presence and companionship of the Lord in his life. We need exactly the same experience now.
 

PRAYER

Dear God, please humble our hearts. Heal our broken lives with Your love. We ask for Your forgiveness from our sins.  Thank you for hearing our prayer in Jesus name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Don’t be worried for any reason.  The living Lord and Holy Spirit will provide the best in our life. Experience it; face the problems of life!  Let us sing with the famous gospel singer, Bill Gaither:
“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow because He lives, all fear is gone; because I know, He holds the future, And life is worth living Just because He lives.”