Hebrews 7:26 The Message – No One Higher

“So now we have a high priest who perfectly fits our needs: completely holy, uncompromised by sin, with authority extending as high as God’s presence in heaven itself.”

God is set apart from all other things. God is holy; His nature is holy; His name is holy and His dwelling place is holy. As I lay in bed last night, the thought of God being above all things resounded in my mind. God is far above, beyond and outside all of created order.

And in the midst of our imperfections, God calls us to be holy as He is holy. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1 NKJV) God’s pattern of thought and attitude of His heart is holy, righteous and good. It is expressed in His Word and also in the outworking of His mercy and grace; ultimately beyond human understanding.

But there is hope. We as believers have the mind of Christ. “For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16 NKJV) Through the Holy Spirit, we have understanding of the things of God. The mind of Christ reveals the essence of God’s nature; including God’s holy nature. Having the mind of Christ leads to holiness. Believers are enabled to grow in holiness on account of the sacrifice Jesus paid on the cross and through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.

What should our response be to God’s calling us to be holy? We are to have a repentant heart, obedient to God’s call, and driven by faith.

1 John 1:9 NKJV – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 Peter 1:22 NKJV – Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.

Galatians 5:5 NKJV – For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Friend, the holiness of Jesus Christ is seen in His divine nature and work, as He stands apart from and above the created world with divine power, authority and purity. Recognition of the holiness of Jesus leads both to a realization of sin and unworthiness, but also it leads us to worship and adoration of Him. Prayer is the highest form of worship. Why? Because it sets God in a place where He is higher than all things. Prayer says, “Holy God, we acknowledge that it is only You who can answer this prayer. Meet me God at my need.” Think about this friend. Our Holy God wants to gather up your prayer and take it Heavenward to be captured by His mercy and grace and to be answered for God’s glory and your good. Hallelujah!!!

Precious Lord, You are higher than all things and we praise Your Holy Name. Help us Lord to live a life of praise to You. Thank You Lord that You give us Your mind and by Your Holy Spirit we have understanding of the things of God. Teach us to grow in holiness through repentance, obedience, and faith. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Psalm 29:2 NKJV – In the beauty of Your Holiness

“Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness.”

I was moved by this verse this morning. This verse speaks of the Lord’s reputation that He has achieved throughout all of history. The works of the Lord cause us to see His glorious beauty in the midst of His holiness.

The nature of God is to be uniquely holy. “No one is holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God.” (1 Samuel 2:2 NKJV) Truly, there is none like You, Lord. I confess that there are times when I miss recognizing the beauty of God and His majesty. My wife, Nancy, often sees it. She sees things from a different perspective. She notices things in ways that seem to pass me by. But Nancy takes the time to see with sensitivity the glory and beauty of the Lord.

I will gaze upon a tree turning color in the fall and see that winter fast approaches. Nancy will gaze upon that same tree and see the fingerprint of God upon it. She will see the Master Painter, hand painting each leaf. She will give God glory for the privilege to see His Masterpiece. Now, I am not a hopeless case when gazing at things of God’s handiwork. I am very sensitive to the smile of a child and a tear that is shed by someone in the midst of worshiping the King. So we both see God’s beauty in the midst of His holiness.

Scripture stresses the beauty of God Himself and His creation. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV) God is complete. He is flawless and faultless. God is totally sufficient in every aspect. And that perfection is made known in Jesus Christ, His Son; the ultimate goal of every Christian.   Psalm 25:8 teaches us that, “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He teaches sinners in the way.” (NKJV) Jesus Christ, He is the way to life. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV)

Friend, God’s beauty is everywhere and His Holiness surrounds Him. His glory speaks His name. In our times of intimate prayer, let us take some time to dwell on the beauty and the holiness of God. When we enter into prayer, let us be reminded of the Lord’s Prayer. Let us begin our prayer time with the Lord by saying, “Our Father, who art in Heaven. Hallowed by thy name.”

Heavenly Father, Your glory and majesty abounds in all things. Your creation speaks of Your beauty. Lord, lead us to honor You with our prayers of adoration giving You the Honor You deserve. Hallowed be Thy Name, Lord. For You alone are Holy and deserve all of our thanks and praise. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!