The Invitation: Holy
God's desire for all who belong to Him is to occupy their hearts, to be known by them as they are known by Him.
The Lord's direction for Four Seasons Christian Fellowship was to do nothing except Worship and the Word, to follow Holy Spirit's lead and let Jesus build this Church.
We have faithfully sought, and waited on, God for these fifteen years. We have resisted the impulse to do those things that Churches do because they can draw people. Good ideas, but, maybe, not God ideas.
The Lord has responded through a prophetic Word to Four Seasons Christian Fellowship. It is an invitation, personal and corporate, with God inviting us to prepare a table and a throne for Him where He can share, and dwell, with us.
The first line of that Word is as follows.
“For I, the Lord, am Holy, and Oh how I long to come into a Holy Place.”
That God is holy is clearly established in God's Word. His holiness is not one of His characteristics, it is who He is, His essence.
The Lord is Holy
Isaiah 6:1-3 is a key passage regarding the Holiness of God. Isaiah speaking says...
"In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with , and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord; the whole earth is full of His glory."
The Greatness of God
Among men, kings are of the highest order. Among kings there are those great and small. The greater the king, the larger and more lavish the Palace, the Throne, the Robe.
Isaiah is making a statement about the power, authority, and holiness of God. His throne is loftier than any other, His robe is grander than any other king's. It is a description of the vast expanse between the greatness of God and that of earthly kings.
The Holiness of God
In the third verse of Isaiah chapter six the seraphim say to one another, as they hover in the presence of God, "Holy, Holy, Holy".
Often when we hear the word "Holy" we think of purity and moral perfection, and this would not be wrong. But there are two primary Hebrew words in the Old Testament that the word "Holy" is translated from.
The first is "kadosh" (Strong's H6918). It is an adjective whose definition is "clean, free from defilment, consecrated, separate. The second is "kadash" (Strong's H6942). It is a verb whose definition is "to be pure, clean, consecrated, separated.
Moving to the New Testament there is really only one Greek word from which the word "Holy" is translated. It is "Hagios" (Strong's G40) an adjective. According to Vine's "fundamentally signifies 'separated'"
It is interesting that in the Old Testament Hebrew there are two words for holiness, one a verb, which speaks of the act of being holy. This would be a reference to keeping the law. Then the adjective that describes as holy those who keep, or work the law as holy. In the New Testament, however, there is basically the one word which is an adjective. In the New Testament there is no verb because we are not made holy by our works, but by our faith in Christ's work alone. It is only necessary to describe our state as holy because of our faith in Jesus.
Hebrew and Greek the one common understanding of the concept of Holiness is that of Separation. As God's holiness separates Him from this world, so to our holiness for we who are called by His name.
"But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."
1 Peter 1:15-16 KJV
God has called us to be holy, but He has not left that work to us. It is the work of the Holy Spirit. We do not achieve holiness by our own effort but as we listen and yield the Holy Spirit's direction.
When we come to salvation in Christ, we come as we are. Our spirits that were once dead to God are reborn, made new, and Holy Spirit takes up residence within us. From that point on the job of Holy Spirit is to separate us from this world and the spirit who is at work in it.
Holiness is not just about being separated from the World, it is being separated to God. Our part in the process is to position ourselves, everyday, to hear the Holy Spirit and then actually do what we perceive Him leading us to do.
First Things First
We must understand, and commit to, the process of the separating work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This is the process that underlies the work of preparing a table and a throne for the Lord in our lives.
We cannot be double-minded, we cannot love two masters. The depth of our Intimacy and Anointing is directly proportional to the separation between us and the world.
From the beginning of the history of man, God has been calling him to walk with Him and labor together with Him. But He will not force this walk upon us. He wants us to choose Him, to voluntarily separate ourselves, more and more to Him. Sanctification, Holiness, Separation.
As we progress in this separating process we become more focused on God and His kingdom. As this happens His kingdom will come and His will will be done right here on earth, just as it is in Heaven.
The times we are in signal the soon return of our Lord. There is much to be done before He does. We are the called, the chosen. He will give us the power to release His kingdom here on earth, if we give ourselves to Him.
The time is now. Let's seize this invitation and participate with the Holy Spirit, and move into our destiny.