We are forever learning about our Lord and our faith and trust in Him.
Hebrews 8:1-2 speaks of a true tabernacle, a tent of meeting, a sacred tent made by the Lord.
A temple of the Holy Spirit for us to enter into, to manifest the Kingdom of our God.
In Numbers chapter 4 the bible mentions twelve different times the words “the service in the tent of meeting”.
The duties of the different families of the Levites all had a part to play, a service to fulfil.
The root of this word for service is tsava, a military term. (Maybe similar to our national service during the 2nd world war)
The service was of spiritual warfare, protecting the Holiness of the Lord our God.
It was to keep “unclean things” from touching anything of God.
Our God will fight to keep us His people Holy as He is.
We should respond to His will and His way and submit to His Holiness and resist everything that is evil. Eph (6:11)
Often the fruit of our life lived is dependent on where we are rooted.
Romans 11:16 For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
You shall be Holy as I am Holy says our Lord and saviour.
Not you shall be with a threat but Father says “This is for you my child”.
Mature reasoning brings revelation, He and His Holiness is for me.
Holiness is more than a feeling, it is an experience of a life to live, it is His character, God alive and active in us.
We will never know the Holiness of God manifest if we have not died to self, because Holiness
can only be lived in the new life, not the old.
If we have received the Holy Spirit then we grow in Him, become like Him, His character rubs off onto us. It maybe true that you feel you cannot live a Holy life, but you can let Him make you Holy, if you are willing.
Living through the new life of the Holy Spirit transforms us from the old way of life, to living a new way of life, a Holy and fulfilling life. Out of and into something more.
The old has passed away, I am a new person, I am not what I was. (2 Cor 5:17)
Holiness is progressive, it will be moving deeper into our spiritual life.
God's purpose on earth is to show how Holy He is, first to His people, then to the world.
His ongoing desire is that all people be free from everything that is unholy.
Un-holiness brings death and pain and rejection etc. and can open the door to anything that is not Holy from being part of our lives.
Eph 1:4 He has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him.
The only test spiritually is by their fruit you shall know them. Isn’t it the fruit of Holiness He loves?
When Holiness manifests in a person it changes their character within them, they have more love joy peace etc. Feeling like He does has to be feeling free, loving and caring.
His Holiness is something that can only be worked out when we are aware that it is in there.
Practical Holiness is the only Holiness of any value in this world.
It has to do something. Manifest God in the natural realm, God has to be seen.
Everything that is unclean will seek to attack this Holiness within us.
That is why the word tsava is placed in dealing with things that are Holy, there is a spiritual battle in these end times for the church, to keep His tent of meeting Holy, which is His tabernacle.
Jesus knew that we could not be Holy without His help, He came to make us so.
Personal Holiness is not the ground of acceptance by the Lord of us.
Acceptance is on the grounds of what He has done, (His death on the cross), and our willingness to receive it.
There is required a hunger and thirst after this character of God.
It is His character flowing out of you and me that makes any gathering of His people, saints and not sinners.
Sins power was broken on the cross by Jesus’ death, now we have to apply that sin’s power is kept in check by the Holiness of God.
Sin runs from His Holiness because it is always exposed and dealt with.
The power to live above sins temptations is to be in tune with the Holiness of God within.
People will laugh at you if you live a Holy life, sinners can only mock, from a distance.
It is like He has shipped something so precious into us.
We cannot make ourselves Holy by anything that is natural.
But if we allow His Holiness to have His way with us, then His power will be seen in all the earth. In everything we do. There is a whole new life to live in Christ.
The calling of all watchmen and spiritual warriors is to serve the Lord by protecting this Holiness in these end days.
The Holy Spirit alone does in us, what Jesus did for us.
For us it is the Holy Spirit that convicts of sin. A conviction with a view to us being drawn closer not driven away. A gentle conviction because of disappointments, of feeling unloved, rejected hurting, condemned. He loves us and always reaches out to us because of His love for us.
It is part of our spiritual life to discern the spiritual world around us. Spiritual things are spiritually discerned by spiritual people. When He comes into our lives He energises our spirit then the rest depends upon me and my response to what He has given. It is my responsibility to respond to His Holiness in me. To accept or to reject its work and power through me.
The Holy Spirit is a person and not just an influence. He is alive and active as a person.
We are partakers of the divine nature. Holiness has a liberty beyond anything that is natural.
It has a power that sets people free from their sin. It has power to destroy the unclean, sickness and death.
Rom 6:13-16 Who are you presenting yourself to? He will bring freedom for each one who comes to Him and acknowledges His right to change their life.
The human spirit uninspired by the Holy Spirit only honours Jesus when He does things. This is often the root of unbelief and doubts.
Rev 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
It is difficult to live this life, yes that's maybe true, but in and through His HOLY Spirit we can and we will, because we choose too.
As one of His prayer warriors, is this not worth fighting for? HIS HOLINESS?