Allowing the
HOLINESS OF GOD
to Overcome YOU

To be overcomers we must first see, realize, and understand the complete and total holiness of God. “Who [is] like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who [is] like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful [in] praises, doing wonders?” Exodus 15:11 (KJV). We must allow his majesty and beauty to overwhelm us to the point that we see ourselves with His eyes, which see all our faults, sin, failures, shortcomings; and yet He loves us enough to be willing to die so that we may be made clean and righteous. There is no unfairness, injustice, unrighteousness, or any kind of wrongness in Him. Until we understand and accept this, we cannot go forward and enter into His righteousness. We are without merit in our flesh. We cannot abide by the laws that He has set forth for our guidance. Indeed, He knew that before He made them, but we need to see that we fail utterly to abide by even the smallest of His requirements. Until we see our need, we think we are okay. We look at others and see their failures and feel that somehow that make us acceptable, even though we have the same or worse. Jeremiah saw his own sin. “Mine heart within me is broken… because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.” Jeremiah 23:9.

God is building himself an habitation (house) made of “lively stones” (us). “Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.” Psalms 93:5. To be a part of this house we must be holy. This is not something we do but something He does in us. He commands us to be holy. “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16. “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I [am] the LORD your God.” Leviticus 20:7. “O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.” Psalms 96:9. “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.” 1 Peter 1:15. This is a process that we go through as He shows us what He sees and wants to change, and as we see and confess it as sin and run to Him for cleansing and healing.

Even after He has accomplished this, we still have no holiness of our own. “And when Peter saw [it], he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?” Acts 3:12. Peter knew that he had no power or holiness in himself. He had the right to speak the word of healing because of his relationship with the Christ. “Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” 1 Chronicles 16:29 & Psalms 29:2. We are clothed in the beauty of holiness that He has given us. It is His beauty, His holiness.

When God created man, He gave us free will. The horrors and injustices in the world are due to our misuse of that freedom, not to God’s will. His will for us is maturity (ours), joy, uprightness, courage. The trials he allows to come to us are for our growth in righteousness, not our destruction. When we are overcome by His holiness, our sin becomes abhorrent to us. We are like an old rusty fence post. When we come to Jesus for salvation, he pours his blood over us. Thereafter, when God looks at us, He sees the blood and its righteousness. Underneath, the Holy Spirit is busy with his office work flaking off the rust, dirt, and corruption from the post. As it floats to the surface, we see it, and, if we confess it as sin, he removes it. If we refuse to call it sin, it remains. God calls us holy, even though underneath we are still rusty. As we cooperate with the Holy Spirit, he begins to clean us up. It is a process that will take the rest of our earthly sojourn. “Even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness… 22But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:19 & 22. “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1. “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.” Ephesians 4:23-25.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3.

“And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it [shall be] for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err [therein].” Isaiah 35:8

“And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all [men], even as we [do] toward you: 13To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13. “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” 1 Thessalonians 4:7.

Allow God to overcome you with His holiness and establish you in His love. “[Am] I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? 24Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.” Jeremiah 23:23-24. He wants to make his home in you. He wants to fill you with joy and peace beyond imagining.

“Blessed [be] the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 69And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; 70As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 71That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72To perform the mercy [promised] to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 73The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, 74That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.” Luke 1:68-75. “But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.” Obadiah 1:17.

“My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness. Hebrews 12:5-10. “Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” Hebrews 12:14.

Yield to Him.
Allow Him to establish you in holiness.
AMEN and AMEN.

October 2000