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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Foundations - Holiness

This week, we continue our series examining the divine attributes of God as we look at "holiness". Throughout Scripture, we see the holiness of God affirmed on nearly every page.

He created us, but our sin has totally separated from Him. In our earthly desires, we separate ourselves from God by following down paths He never intended for us. We chase pride, pleasure, lust, greed, ambition, and other desires. We find safety in the world we make for ourselves. But it is a false safety full of lies and danger. We are lost and wandering, alone and living in darkness. He is the light, but we hide from it (John 3:19) and try to keep our evil deeds hidden from the light (John 3:20).

Thankfully, God is not satisfied with this relationship (2 Peter 3:9). He takes it upon Himself to reconcile us back to Him, to redeem us (2 Corinthians 5:18). He reaches down from Heaven and forms a bond with us. He adopts us as His children (Ephesians 1:5) and guides on us paths of righteousness (Psalm 23:3).

Many people think the holiness of God means we can never be with Him. We can never be good enough. We can never do enough. When we study our Bibles, what we see instead, is that it is because of the very holiness of God and His love for His children that He "became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption," (1 Corinthians 1:30).

Has Christ become your wisdom? Is He now a natural part of your way of thinking? Do you consider His Name when you speak and act? Have you been redeemed and transformed? Have you been adopted into God's family?

If not, why not? What's holding you back from God's love? What keeps you from Him? I pray we do not love our sin more than our saviour. I pray that in our humility we turn and listen and hear. I pray we come out of this darkness we cling to and run to the light of life. I pray we finally find the peace He has prepared for us (Philippians 4:7).

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