Summary: Holiness without no man shall see the Lord. In games directions tell us what to do to be victorious the Bible tells us how to be victorious if we just follow the directions.
“Be Ye Holy”
“Follow the Directions”
District Elder M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
Lev. 11:44-45 – “For I [am] the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I [am] holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God ye shall therefore be ye holy for I am holy.
1st Pet 1:15-16 – “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. Because it is written, Be ye holy for I am holy.
Deut. 12:28 – “Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee forever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the Lord thy God”.
Heb. 12:14 – “Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord”.
OPENING: - It’s a sad, sad shame and an utter disgrace unto the Lord, but we have preachers now days talking about I don’t want to offend people so I’m only going to preach positive thinking, prosperous motivating, and seeker friendly messages, because I want people to have a friendly atmosphere in the church. I say get that hell out of here, the Bible says in Matthew 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force”. Preacher’s must follow the directions, the Bible says 2 Tim 4 “I charge thee therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word, be instant in season out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lust shall they heap to themselves teachers having itchy ears and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”
The Word of God is truly awesome. It is a book that never gets out of date. It is a book that is full of everything you could possibly imagine. History is in this book. Prophecy is in this book. Poetry is in this book. Law is in this book. The Greatest Love Story ever is in this book. Romance is in this book. Murder is in this book. Lust and Seduction is in this book. Self help programs, mysteries, and everything else is in this book. It has been on the best sellers list for hundreds of years. Every time you read it you get something new out of it. It is a mirror to the soul of man and truly a love letter from God himself.
Truly the Psalmist said it best when he said in Psalms 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”. Not only that but he goes on to say in verse 106 “I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments”. In other words I will follow the directions.
There is a song that we learned in VBS years ago (Sunday school teachers I want you to teach it to our children soon).
The words are The B.I.B.L.E. yes that’s the book for me.
I stand alone on the Word of God The B.I.B.L.E.
The B.I.B.L.E. I’ll take it along with me, I’ll read and pray and then obey the B.I.B.L.E..
By F.A.I.T.H. I’m S.A.V.E.D. I’ll stand alone on the word of God the B.I.B.L.E.
The B.L.O.O. D. that Jesus shed for me
Cleansed me from sin I belong to him the B.L.O.O.D.
I stand alone on the word of God the B.I.B.L.E.
(Show PPT) There’s a saying that the word Bible can be used as an acronym for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. We are strangers passing through this land. We are trying to get to heaven and in order to get there we must follow the directions in order to prepare us so we can go there.
God was dealing with me on this message and literally just blowing my mind as He was revealing His Rhema word to me. It is amazing the simplicity of what He is and was saying. Yet people find it hard to understand the word of God. I understand that this is because of several reasons.
1. 2nd Cor. 4:3-4 says But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. The devil has blinded the eyes of the people because he doesn’t want them to follow the directions.