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The Holiness of God

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W e live in a world that consistently tells us to act, think, and feel any way we want to. The world says be yourself, live for yourself, and do not let anyone tell you otherwise. However, those that will become followers of God by Christ know that this mindset cannot be the dominating force in one’s life.  Many individuals claim that message of Jesus Christ was love and that we should not focus on one’s activities but one’s beliefs. These things are partially true. Jesus did come to demonstrate to us the love of God; however, He came to save men from sin. This shows us that there are certain things that God considers immoral or wrong; that is, sin. Jesus came to save us from sins that we will no longer live in sin, regardless of the nature of it. We cannot forget the holiness of God because of the love and mercy He provides to us. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And o

God Understands

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             D avid proclaimed that God was great, and His ways were past finding out. There are many dimensions to His eternal nature and character, which sometimes frustrate men in their pursuit and perception of Him. Though God is love and has great mercy, He also requires man to live according to His standards. But, when someone fails in their pursuit of Him, God does not cast us aside, if we will come to Him in sincerity and with a mind to turn from things that are displeasing to Him. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 (KJV) Though Israel had departed from God, He yet declares His intent to fellowship with them and forgive them. He told them that though they were guilty, they could come to Him and have a dialogue. They could tell Him why they disobeyed and what their problem was. In doing so, He declared His intent to forgive.

Acceptable Worship

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  I s your worship to God acceptable? Is it pleasing in His sight? These questions should evoke self-examination in any sincere Christian. These questions lead us to a more important question, “What makes our worship and religious activities acceptable unto God? Both Testaments agree that acceptable worship does not begin with adherence to traditions, rituals, and gatherings, but in an individual’s daily life before God. Religious activities cannot be used as a substitute for a personal, vibrant, and healthy relationship with Christ. Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Isaiah 1:13-15 (KJV

Delayed, Not Denied

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    L ife comes with many difficulties. Just when it seems as if things are getting better, they can suddenly take a change for the worse. Sometimes these events can have devastating effects on an individual. Even as Christians, it can seem as if we face more problems and obstacles than others. This can leave many frustrated; even standing in doubt of God’s power, presence, and promises. Joseph’s life took unfortunate turns. Promises from God were made to him, but problems only persisted for years. After interpreting the dreams for the butler and the baker, Joseph states, For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. Gen 40:15 (KJV) I can only imagine how Joseph felt. After having dreams of greatness, his life took a sudden turn for the worse. For thirteen years, he suffered many setbacks and delays in his personal life. However, from his story, we see God’s continual favor and goodness. In