"Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." Psalm 96:9
God's calling to heavenly purity is to examine our hearts and lives, bare our souls, confess and repent of sins, and to receive His cleansing. It's not a call that we wear like a badge of honor or to receive some plaque we put on the wall. It's a calling of biblical wise actions, sensitive speech and pure thoughts in our everyday life. Walking holy before Him and the world starts inwardly with the Holy Spirit in our walk. You can't be partially holy just like you can't be partially pregnant. The evidence that holiness and humanity can be blended successfully and beautifully comes by looking at Jesus.
When lusts, anger, unforgiveness, and habits erode our integrity, create bitterness which hinder your spiritual growth to walk before Him with clean hands and pure heart, remember that we can't become Holy by ourselves, or by matching up our strength to God's. We match up our weakness to His strength and our failure to His holiness, so that our lives reflect who He is to you and those around you.
"And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD."
2 Kings 19:14 KJV
We make decisions every day of our lives. Some have more meaning than others and some have greater consequences than others. These are especially true when challenges require making a life changing decision.
Hezekiah had a magnitude of a decision to make when he faced the arrogant Sennacherib: He said "I'm coming to kill you and all your people too!". Hezekiah went immediately to the Lord. Simply and literally, he laid the threatening letter before God. Hezekiah told God, "this one is yours Lord" and God made it His. Sennacherib lost 185,000 soldiers in the middle of the night; then he lost his own life.
We don't have a guarantee that God's response to our situation will be as definitive like it was for Hezekiah. But we do know how Hezekiah got such a response. He went to God first. When your greatest challenge of addiction, anger, physical/mental healing, financial, family/marriage problems, pride have overtaken you. Try going to Him instead of a book, friend, counselor, psychiatrist or bank.
Pastor Michael Garcia
Overseer and Pastor at First Assembly HOEN