Holiness To The Lord 

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and Who is and Who is to come! Revelation 4:8 As He who called you is holy. You also be holy in all your conduct. 1Peter 1:15 Being confident of this very thing, that He who has began a good work in you will complete it, until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

Almighty or All-Matey
Whatever happened to the worship of the true and living God Almighty? What has replaced the awe and wonder of the all-powerful, omnipotent Creator? What has been exchanged for the preeminent, omniscient, Lord of heaven and earth? What is this ‘God All-Matey‘ that has crept into the vision of so many today? He is indeed our Saviour and Shepherd; our Friend and Bridegroom, but His loving-kindness has been converted into indulgence. His powerful strength has been metamorphosed into soppy weakness.

Awe-Inspiring Majesty
Oh, He remains Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End the First and the Last:- His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were as a flame of fire, and His feet like unto fine brass – as if they burned in a furnace and His voice as the sound of many waters. And He had in His right hand seven stars, and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was as the sun shining in his strength. And John, the beloved disciple who leaned on His breast.. fell at His feet as though dead. John like Daniel was a man greatly beloved, but he fell with his face toward the ground and became dumb.

Worshipped by Angels
Angels and Seraphs veil their faces at the splendour of His majesty.. before Him, in Whose sight the heavens are unclean. And they cry in ethereal, rapturous bliss:- Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come! Revelation 4:8. For He is the One Whose Character is Holy, and Who demands holiness of us.

Reverenced by Men
The young Isaiah cried out in a voice of utter lamenting and grief:-woe is me for I am undone, I am a man of unclean lips.. and I live among a people of unclean lips – for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Isaiah 6:5. Moses shrank down to the ground and removed the shoes from off his feet: for the place where you are standing is holy ground – and Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. Exodus 3:6

Slipping Standards
How quickly the awe and wonder of the three Persons of the Trinity, Who demand the deep reverence of bowed worship and hushed prayer – where sinners and saints alike tremble in His glorious presence… how quickly the awe and wonder has been replaced with chattering clamour and musical merriment!!

Carelessness Conduct
As reverence towards the Almighty diminishes, so too the morals and laxity of those who worship – resulting in a carelessness of conduct and a slipping of standards. The practices of much of Christendom today, would have been regarded as disgraceful – and viewed with stunned shame in years gone by. The growth of sin in the corporate life of nations and the domestic life of individuals, causes one to tremble as one kneels at the feet of a Holy God.

Changeless Creator
But God is the One that never changes: I am the Lord, I change not. Malachi 3:6 He is the One that remains Holy – yesterday today and for ever. Hebrews 13:8. And it is this standard that He requires of us: holiness unto to Lord. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you? Do you not know the Holy Spirit within you is from God? Do you not know you are not your own – you are bought with a price?

Gracious Father
Just as the vessels of the Temple were set apart and sprinkled with blood, so we are set apart and sprinkled with the blood of Christ Jesus. Just as the Tabernacle with its hides and skins, poles and curtains were cleansed – so we. Just as the priests with their priestly robes were purified and pure – so we. When God started His work in Moses the Lord told Him: certainly I will be with thee. Exodus 3:12. At the start of his ministry Isaiah cried in full submission to the Almighty God: Lord, Here am I, send me. Isaiah 6:8

Holy to the Lord
Daniel’s love for the Lord was evident, for Daniel purposed in his heart that he would be holy and not defile himself. Daniel 1:8. And the beloved John who laid down his fishing net so many years before, started to write:- about the things which were and are and are to come. Revelation1:19

Good Work
God started a good work in Moses. He started a good work in Isaiah. He started a good work in Daniel. He started a good work in John. And He started a good work in you, beloved child of God and He started a good work in me. And every day of this life is a step forward from the things that were.. to the things that shall be hereafter, For we are confident of this very thing – that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work.. until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again. Philippians 1:6. Yes, He Who started a good work in you and He Who started a good work in me.. will day by day and step by step continue His perfecting work, in your life and in mine.. until He brings to perfection that which He started in us, so long ago.

Chosen in Christ
He chose us In Christ from the foundation of the world. He purposed to make us holy as He is holy. He started to conform us into His image when we first trusted in Him.. and He continues to perform His work in us as we remain in Him and He in us.


Bible References

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;

And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.

10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

Psalm 142


In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.

Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.

I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?

Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?

Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.

11 I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

14 Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.

15 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.

17 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.

18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.

19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

20 Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

80 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.

Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.

Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?

Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.

Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.

Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land.

10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars.

11 She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.

12 Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her?

13 The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.

14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;

15 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.

16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.

17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.

18 So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.

19 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Psalm 142

142 I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication.

I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.

I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.

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