This morning as I started my day; I’d already prepped a post for today, but the verse I am now hearing is…and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Which comes from Hebrews 12:14.

The KJV Dictionary defines holiness: 1. Applied to human beings, holiness is purity of heart or dispositions; sanctified affections; piety; moral goodness, but not perfect.

It amazes me how far removed some of us have become from this basic biblical principle. Holiness is a way of life—where accountability and discipline are paramount and some of us would rather dance around instead of accepting this truth and walking in it. Yet I can hear the echoing voice of God saying “For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. (Leviticus 11:44 NKJV)

Enoch walked in itAnd Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. (Genesis 5:24) And again he is mentioned in Hebrews with more clarity…By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. (Hebrews 11:5 NKJV)

Noah walked in itBut Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God(Genesis 6:9 NKJV) That’s why God knew He could trust Noah with following His instructions concerning building the ark. He knew Noah would obey Him. Is it not written? Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did. (Genesis 6:22 NKJV)

Job walked in it for it is written…Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”: (Job 1:8 NKJV) And in verse 11 God has so much confidence in Job’s holiness that he tells Satan…“But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” (Job 1:11 NKJV) And we know the many calamities that Job faced. Yet through it all…But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. (Job 2:10 NKJV)

Some would challenge this post and say it was much easier for them to follow God back then because their temptations weren’t as immense as they are today. They had less as modernization would go but had more to be thankful for. Because they had a closer relationship with God founded on Who He Is, not because of what He can give. There is much revelation in the scripture… And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”(Job 28:28 NKJV)

If we’ve been seeking God for the wrong reasons—perhaps we should take Jacob’s attitude. Go back to where God first revealed Himself, the place we experienced our true love for God; our thirst and passion for His Word. When Jacob went back to Bethel he rededicated himself and his entire household to God at the altar in a place where God first revealed Himself. (Genesis 35:1-7 NKJV) After this… Then God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan Aram, and blessed him. (Genesis 35:9 NKJV)

Upon this preface, I will leave this scripture for study, meditation or reflection…

To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:  “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars, and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love. (Revelations 2:1-4)

May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Have a phenomenal week….Blessings and Peace!

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