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Summary: GOD WANTS HIS PEOPLE TO LIVE HOLY, SEPARATE LIVES UNTO HIM. SOMETIMES THIS CAN PROVE TO BE INCONVENIENT AND SHALLENGING FOR US, ALTHOUGH IT IS ALWAYS POSITIVE AND REWARDING IN THE END.

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THE CHALLENGE OF HOLINESS

EXODUS 3:1-3

INTRODUCTION:

START OUT BY TALKING ABOUT HOW NORMAL THIS DAY STARTED FOR MOSES

AT THIS TIME MOSES WAS JUST AN AVERAGE MAN

WITH AN AVERAGE JOB

ON AN AVERAGE DAY

DESCRIBE WHAT HE SAW:

WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH MOSE’S MIND AS HE APPROACHED THE BURNING BUSH

WAS IT A MAJOR FIRE

WAS IT A DISTRACTION FOR ROBBERS

HE HAD TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON.

I’VE ALWAYS FELT THAT MOSES WAS ONE OF THE GIANTS OF THE FAITH, BUT HERE HE SEEMS JUST LIKE ANY ONE OF US.

OFTEN DURING THE COURSE OF OUR DAILY WALK, WE ARE SO CAUGHT UP IN WHAT WE HAVE TO DO, IT TAKES SOMETHING LIKE A BURNING BUSH INCIDENT FOR US TO THINK ABOUT GOD.

BURNING BUSHES DON’T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE BAD EVENTS, BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS BE LIFE CHANGING EVENTS. THEY CAN BE:

FINANCIAL CRISIS

HEALTH CRISIS

EMPLOYMENT ISSUES LOSING A JOB

GETTING THAT PROMOTION

DEATH ISSUES

THE BIRTH OF A CHILD

MEETING THE ONE YOU ARE GOING TO MARRY

WHEN YOU BECAME A CHRISTIAN

THESE AND SEVERAL OTHERS CAN HAPPEN DURING THE COURSE OF OUR LIFETIME AND RADICALLY CHANGE THE OUTCOME OF OUR LIVES, JUST AS IT DID FOR MOSES.

THE SECOND THING THAT GOD DID WHEN HE GOT MOSES ATTENTION WAS TO GIVE HIM THE UNUSUAL COMMAND TO TAKE OFF HIS SANDALS.

WHY? BECAUSE THE PLACE WHERE MOSES WAS STANDING WAS HOLY GROUND.

THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO EXPLORE FOR A FEW MOMENTS TODAY. WHAT MADE THAT HOLY GROUND, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHAT IS THE HOLY GROUND IN OUR LIVES?

ON THE SURFACE IT WOULD SEEM LIKE AN EASY QUESTION. IT IS HOLY BECAUSE GOD IS THERE, AND THIS WOULD BE RIGHT. BUT GOD IS EVERYWHERE RIGHT. YET WE WOULD NOT RECOGNIZE ALL PLACES AS HOLY. THEREFORE THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE INTERACTION BETWEEN MOSES AND GOD THAT MAKES THIS PLACE HOLY. KNOWING THAT, THE THING THAT CREATES HOLINESS IN OUR LIVES CANNOT BE ONLY WHAT WE DO, BUT IT HAS TO INCLUDE OUR INTERACTION WITH GOD AS THE REASON FOR WHAT WE DO. THIS IS WHAT SEPARATES GOOD WORKS FROM GODLY WORKS.

WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT THIS ISSUE FROM THREE STANDPOINTS. WHAT HOLINESS IS NOT, WHAT HOLINESS IS, AND THE RESULTS OF A HOLY LIFE.

POINT ONE: WHAT HOLINESS IS NOT:

FIRST OF ALL THE GROUND WAS NOT HOLY. IT WAS THE SAME BUSH AND SAND THAT WAS THERE THE DAY BEFORE AND THE DAY AFTER.

THEE IS NO HOLINESS IN A PLACE OR THING. PLACES OR THINGS CAN BE SPECIAL, BUT THEY CANNOT BE HOLY.

ILLUSTRATE: THE EXAMPLE OF GETTING MARRIED IN A CHURCH, BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE GOD’S PRESENCE IS.

IF THERE IS NO INTERACTION THEN THERE IS NO PRESENCE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS.

ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION. IF THIS CHURCH SHOULD NOT BE HERE TOMORROW DOES THAT MEAN THAT GOD WOULD NOT BE HERE TOMORROW? WHAT ABOUT AREAS THAT DON’T HAVE A CHURCH, DOES THAT MEAN THAT GOD IS NOT THERE? WE KNOW THAT SOME OF THE GREATEST GROWTH AREAS OF THE CHURCH ARE WHERE THERE ARE NO CHURCHES.

HOLINESS WAS NOT IN THE GROUND THAT DAY, BUT IT WAS IN THE INTERACTION BETWEEN GOD AND MOSES.

SECOND, THE PRESENCE OF GOD, DID NOT MAKE THE PLACE HOLY.

NOW ON THE SURFACE YOU MAY WANT TO DISAGREE WITH THAT STATEMENT, BUT FOLLOW ME THROUGH ON THIS.


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