The Face Holiness Part 3


“Living the Christian Life”

 “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:18-20)

Since the beginning of mankind, God has made His way known. It is not a mystery and it is not a secret. However, through the years man has chosen to follow the darkness of their foolish hearts. The words on Romans 1:18-20 should not be taken lightly; living outside of God’s holiness leads to terrible consequences. The truth is being suppressed and it is time for the fullness of the truth to be released in America.

We must be careful with what is behind the spirit of our patriotism as it refers to America. We can find ourselves worshiping a nation over God. Statements that point at America as “exceptional” deeply concern me. The Word Exceptional means: “Outstanding, excellent, brilliant, special, extraordinary and incomparable.” With these kinds of adjectives, who needs God? It is as if America has no need for repentance. Apologies around the world by our President is not what this nation needs; we as a nation stand in great need of repentance. This is not the time for laughter and this is not the time for dancing. This is a time of weeping, for our sin is great before the Lord and our pride stands as a great wall between us and the great move of God’s Spirit in the hearts of man.  Until we see how worthless we are without God, we will never embrace the need in our lives for holiness. First Corinthians 7:29-31 tells:

“What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep;1 those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.”

I believe that we have gotten too, comfortable with God in our approach to Him and we are relying on a false mercy that requires no correction; a false mercy that tells us: “Its okay, nobody is perfect; if God wants this or that thing out of me, He can take it away from me at any time.” In the process, we are still in love with our sins and we continue in our destructive paths. My words may sound too tough, some may accuse me of being legalistic or into works; but such accusations are false. This writer is not judging or condemning you; this writer is simply fed-up with sin because I have seen first hand the devastating consequences of sin. Maybe you have lived in a little castle your whole life where everything has been cookies and flowers with no mayor issues. You always made the right decisions and everything has always been in order. If that is you; this article is not for you. However, let me warn you, your brokenness is on its way; for you are going to be useless with your perfect religiosity to serve our current fallen humanity. All-stars for the most part make terrible coaches. The average players in terms of talents are the ones that usually rise up as great coaches because they understand the struggles of the particular sport they play. Maybe you have managed to stay out of trouble; maybe you learn some things quickly; maybe it did not take all that for you to learn the tough lessons…God bless you my brother and my sister! But it was not so for many of us! Many of us have seen the devastating consequences of sin and decisions made in the flesh and perhaps there is a greater desperation in our voices that make you uncomfortable; I pray that it will not take” all that” for you to learn what we are learning the hard way. So I sound the trumpet: “Prepare the way of the Lord!”

5 thoughts on “The Face Holiness Part 3

  1. Here is a little rule I have come to believe: the more dramatic and pious we become about our faith, the more likely it is that we are trying to please the gods of this earth—sometimes disguised in religious or patriotic robes—rather than the one true and holy God. So we can be deceived.

    At our best, we see a mixture of sin (actions or attitudes). When we least suspect it, we find a pollution of pride, self-will, unbelief, or idolatry. And like you said, we can even find ourselves worshiping a nation over God.

    But America’s spirit of patriotism cannot save us; only God can do that. Long before political signs were posted in our front yards, the Bible posted this message: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” It’s even more dangerous when we turn our spirit of patriotism into a god.

    No one can deny that we are going through some of the most trying times our nation has known during our lifetime. The “soul” of this nation may very well be hanging in the balance like a loose tooth. But substituting a “false god” ideology for an alleged “no god” one, will not solve the problem. The call is still closely aligned with 2 Chronicles 7:14—not around America’s spirit of patriotism.

    The Bible warns us that sin is deceitful (Heb 13:13). Thus we must take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor 10:5). Sin engulfs the mind in a cloud of excuses and cover-ups as it seeks to keep itself alive. It distorts the truth, and without plans for repentance it calmly reassures us, “God understands, he will never judge me.”

    However, Proverbs 29:1 warns, “A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly broken beyond remedy.” Paul also warns of those whom “God gave…over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them.” Why? Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie” (Rom 1:24-25). Every sin is the exchange of the truth of God for a lie. Consequently, the more truthful one becomes with himself and God, the more he is delivered from the “deceitfulness of sin” (Heb 3:13), allowing righteousness to come forth.

    To become blameless is to be free from falsehood; it is to be delivered from sin and the deception that protects sin. Yet this process of deliverance is not attained if we are only casually committed to the Lord Jesus. We must be dedicated to the way of truth. So I join with you in sounding the trumpet: “Prepare the way of the Lord!”

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    1. May the Lord help us to sound the trumpet and implore this nation to prepare the way of the Lord as we ourselves stay broken before the Lord! Good word Dennis… Thank you!

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  2. Let the words of the psalmist be the cry of our hearts: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and put a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

    Almighty God, You alone are purity and holiness. Create a pure heart in Angel and I and renew us in perseverance and steadfastness to continue to pursue holiness unto the Lord.

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  3. I say Amen! to all it was said. And I recite Psalm 51 with my soul. Padre… se propicio a mi pecador. And please don’t leave us where we are Oh Lord… but have mercy on me, my wife, my son, all of us… OH! Precious JESUS!

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