The LORD is Holy and the Call to Holiness

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011

One of the wonders of  God’s Word is that the Wisdom it contains is of infinite depth and breadth.  That is to say, no matter how much we study, we are never done learning. There is always new and greater insight into God and His Kingdom Way to be gained. This also means there will be passages and concepts which confound us at times.  For instance, once such concept for me was the understanding that God is holy juxta-positioned with the command that we are to be holy as He is holy.

Until I looked up its definition, the word ‘holiness’ seemed to represent God’s perfection.  How could we ever be perfect?!? (We can’t.)  I understood that through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross I was washed clean, purified, forgiven of my imperfections, but how could I ever be holy?!?

As often happens, when I don’t understand a word, I looked up “holy” in the dictionary and began to study the various Scripture verses associated with it.  Just as He promises, as I questioned and sought, God opened my eyes and helped me understand holy and holiness a little bit more…

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary has four definitions for “holy” which help provide the answer.  First, “holy” is defined as “exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness”.  That definitely describes GOD!!!  The second definition describes Him as well: “divine”.  It is the third definition which applies to us: “DEVOTED ENTIRELY TO THE DEITY OR THE WORK OF THE DEITY.”  Indeed, that’s us!!!

A confirmation is found in the root Hebrew word: “kadash”, which is used to describe God and also means to be sanctified. “To sanctify” means: to be set apart for a sacred purpose or for a religious use.  “Consecrate” is listed as a synomym and means: dedicated to a sacred purpose.  “Sacred” which is found in the definitions of “sanctify” and “consecrate” means: dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity.

Therefore God is perfect and holy and when we become believers through Jesus, God makes us holy – not because we become perfect, but because now our lives are set apart and dedicated to Him and His use.

Delight that He makes us holy!  What a mighty God we serve!

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1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”  4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the  temple was filled with smoke.  (Isa. 6:1-4)

The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread. (Isa. 8:13)

“Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.” (Lev. 19:2)

“Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God. 8 Keep my decrees and follow them.  I am the LORD, who makes you holy.” (Lev. 20:7)

“There is no holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” (1 Sam. 2:2)

“Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.” (Ps. 99:5)

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Remember to view the new song, “One Nation Under God” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  Share the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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