January 2 – Holiness Is What He Wants

“And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”” –  Isaiah 6:5 (ESV)

These words by the prophet Isaiah are found in the book with his name. Much can be learned from this passage and this verse expresses what happens when we encounter an exalted view of God and His holiness. We see a clear view of sin and a realistic view of ourselves. We understand that Isaiah may have been satisfied with his personal holiness until he saw this vision of the Lord God in His unspeakable glory. If we have a diminished view of God we will have a reduced concern for sin and an inflated view of self. Truly, it is impossible to worship God and remain unchanged. Isaiah’s encounter with holy God made him immediately and keenly aware of his own lack of holiness and of the sinfulness of those around him. God does not want us to be conformed to a sinful world seeking its pleasures and attracted by temptations that are traps and snares to unholy living. God desires in us a clear difference between ourselves and the world. God wants to sanctify us, to make us holy as He is holy. That is a promise made to every faith believer.  

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December 22 –Through All Our Days


“To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.” Luke 1:74-75 (NASB)

The singing at Christmas time reminds us of the great things God has given us through His Son Jesus. This is in line with the songs recorded in our Bible before Jesus was born as well as when He was born. We look today at a song which Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist sang when his son John was born. A few days ago we looked at a portion of Mary’s song, The Magnificat. Today we select a passage from the prophecy by sung by, Zechariah. This, of course was just six months before Jesus was born. Our verses for today remind us about what God was doing in sending His Son to earth. Jesus came to earth to serve God in holiness and righteousness. He came to help us live pleasing to God through all our days. Jesus came to be our Savior to make our lives different so that we will bring glory and honor to God the Father and Jesus our Savior, God the Son. If He is your Savior, my Friend, He will help you live today in a way that pleases God. That is a promise.

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