Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty

“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts, the earth is full of His glory.” Isaiah 6:3

“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, which was, and is and is to come.” Revelation 4:8

My prayer

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, show us Your glory, Your holiness, Your face. Oh, Lord, You alone are Holy, Holy, Holy. I love Your holiness. I long to see you face to face. I long to reflect Your holiness. Oh, Lord, thank You for who You are. Your holiness is too majestic, too good, too lovely for me to understand, and yet, You draw me near. I love You, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

4 Key Spiritual Questions

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And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. Mark 9:2-4 

Loved by Jesus and led by Jesus, John saw Jesus transfigured on the high mountain. Jesus commanded Peter, James, and John to keep what had happened a secret until after he rose from the dead. Imagine keeping such an experience a secret!

After the death of Jesus, after the church had become established, and after apostles had established churches and served the Lord well, one-by-one the apostles were martyred.

Now, only 95 or 96-year-old John was alive.

Eusebius wrote that rulers tried to kill John by boiling him in oil, but he survived. Consequently, he was exiled to the island of Patmos. The rocky Greek island of a little over 17 miles is near Ephesus in the Aegean Sea.

Alone.

Exiled.

In a cave.

In the Spirit.

On the Lord’s Day.

Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.  In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last,  and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Revelation 1:12-18

Priestly King.

Holy and pure.

All seeing.

Holy Judge.

Keeper of His bride.

Word of God.

Brilliant, True Light.

Holy, Holy, Holy!

John had served the Lord for decades. He walked and talked with the Son of Man, he ate with Him, he learned from Him, and he received power from Him. John stood at the foot of the cross and watched Jesus give up His life to pay the price for the world’s sins. He took Jesus’ mother into his home to care for her after Jesus’ death. He established churches; he learned of his brothers’ martyrdom; he was boiled in oil and lived, as a result, he was now on this small, lonely island … in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day.

4 Key Spiritual Questions

  1. Are we diligent to meditate on what Jesus has done for us and worship Him? John was in the Spirit observing the Lord’s Day, probably in a cave on the rocky island. Spiritual discipline, mixed with gratitude for what Jesus had done for him. As we choose to observe the Lord’s Day in genuine worship and gratitude, our lives are changed.
  2. When we hear His voice, do we turn all our focus upon Him? John heard a voice behind him and turned. Throughout the years, John had learned to listen for the voice of Jesus, and he was quick to turn his focus to the Lord. As we pray and worship, we learn to recognize the voice of God. 
  3. Do we realize that we can do nothing until we are touched by Jesus and empowered by Him? John recognized the holiness of Jesus and his standing before this Holy One. That knowledge brought him to the feet of Jesus. Only when Jesus touched John, was he able to rise. In our prayers and worship, we hear from God and turn to Him. When we see His holiness, we realize our depravity and weakness.
  4. Have we accepted the calling of Jesus, obeyed His command, and taken action through His power and guidance? Jesus commanded John to write what he had seen, what is and what will soon take place, and John wrote the letter of Revelation to the seven churches. Sometimes, the calling is uncomfortable, but as we step out in faith, Jesus equips us for success.

My Prayer

All-knowing, All-powerful, All-loving Father, thank You for the Revelation of Jesus Christ. May the holiness of Jesus permeate our very being. As we meditate upon His sacrifice, bring to remembrance all that You have done for us and spark a life of gratitude in us that will turn our focus away from us and fix our gaze upon You. Cause us to realize that we can do nothing of significance without the touch of Your own dear Son.  Touch us, empower us to accomplish the works that You have prepared for us to achieve from before the foundation of the world.

Holy, Holy, Holy are You, Lord God Almighty!

I know that you have insight in recognizing God at work in your life. Won’t you share that insight with our readers in the comment section, so that we can all learn together?

 

 

Authentic Christianity Begins …

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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. 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. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:1-8

For 52 years, King Uzziah ruled Israel, and the people loved him.
“And as long as he [King Uzziah] sought the Lord, God made him to prosper” (II Chronicles 26:5).
Who could fill the throne as well as King Uzziah? What would become of the nation?
An empty throne. A failing Northern Kingdom. Confusion and despair.
In a time of hopelessness, Isaiah sees the Lord of Hosts on the throne. Holy. Exalted. Worshipped.
I love the song, “I Can Only Imagine.” “Will I sing ‘Hallelujah’? Will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine.”
Isaiah’s response was different. When he saw the holiness of God, he realized his depravity.
He was unable to remove his guilt and his sin, but when the altar’s burning coal touched his lips, he was cleansed.
Then, the call to an authentic walk with God.
“Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
“Here am I. Send me!”
And the Lord sent him to warn the people to turn from their sin.
Most of us don’t have a dramatic encounter with God like Isaiah did. However, we have glimpses of God’s glory in each day’s sunrise and sunset, the unfolding of a rose, or the birth of a baby.
We have a love letter from God, the Bible, that shows us God’s nature, and we have the Holy Spirit to teach us.
God is at work in us, and we may recognize it in the small things: a prompting to pray for a friend – later, you find out that the friend was just diagnosed with cancer, a “yes” to a prayer, a door closed and a better opportunity opened.
Authentic Christianity begins with the recognition of God’s holiness and our depravity.
As we think about God’s nature, His holiness, His love for us, our initial response is “Woe is me! I am unclean.”
The altar’s burning coal, Jesus’s death on the cross, cleanses us. Jesus paid the price for our sin, and He conquered death by rising from the dead three days after His crucifixion.
After the burning coal’s touch, Isaiah never said “Woe is me! I am unclean.” He went where God sent him, and he served the Lord and the Lord’s people.
An authentic Christian’s response to glimpses of the majesty of the Lord God Almighty is “Send me.”
God equips.
We go.
We serve.
Remaining authentic is the key.

My prayer:

Lord God Almighty, we are humbled that You would share glimpses of Your holiness and exalted nature with us. Great are You, Lord. Holy, Holy, Holy are You, Lord God Almighty. We praise You and give You honor. Bless Your people as we study Your Word and learn how to follow You authentically. Amen.
Let’s study authenticity together in a series of posts.
Please share your insights or questions about the authentic Christian
in the comment section.

Do you know the Holy?

The Knowledge of the Holy   -     By: A.W. Tozer

Have you tried to grasp the wonder of the nature of God?

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

And yet, the Word of God is given to us to learn of God, and the Holy Spirit dwells within God’s people to guide us and teach us.

In The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer prayerfully approaches the nature of God and reveals His majesty and glimpses of God’s height, width, and depth of nature.

Although Tozer examines 21 attributes of God, he writes

“In studying any attribute, the essential oneness of all the attribues soon becomes apparent. We see, for instance, that if God is self-existent He must be also self-sufficient; and if He has power He, being infinite, must have all power. If He possesses knowledge, His infinitude assures us that He possesses all knowledge. Similarly, His immutability presupposes His faithfulness. If He is unchanging, it follows that He could not be unfaithful, since that would require Him to change … Thus the attributes explain each other and prove that they are but glimpses the mind enjoys of the absolutely perfect Godhead.” pp. 78-79

From the eternity of God to His omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence, to God’s faithfulness, goodness, justice, mercy, grace, and love, Tozer wraps God’s attributes in the absolute holiness of our sovereign God.

This book was the last book Tozer wrote. It is evident that this book was the culmination of a lifetime of intimately walking with God. Although the book is only 117 pages long, I took my time and often reread paragraphs.

A.W. Tozer has a special place in my heart, and this is a book that I will read periodically.  I purchased it to read before I read the follow-up to The Knowledge of the Holy, Delighting in God.

My prayer:

Father, thank You for revealing Your majesty to Your children. Help us to grow in understanding and awe as we walk with You. Reveal Your holiness to us, and lead us by the right hand as we grow more intimate with You. I am awestruck by You, and I want to know Your ways, Your thoughts, Your nature more deeply. Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen!

This week, take a few minutes every day to think about God’s holiness. Share what the Holy Spirit reveals to you in the comments below. I can’t wait to read what He will teach you.