Summary: Without Holiness no man shall see God. Every day that we live we are traveling down the "Highway of Holiness".
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Pastor James May
THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS
Isaiah 35:8, "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."
We are all on a journey right now. This journey will last for the rest of your life. It is a journey down a long and dangerous highway, one that is filled with potholes, dangerous curves, mixed up signs for directions and dangers from every side.
The road that you must travel is called “the way of holiness” and it is a road that is not traveled by many people for most do not like to lack of worldly facilities with all of their glitz and glamour. Those who travel this highway do not seem to care much for the things of this life for their eyes are set on a greater goal. They are heard to speak of a city that is not of this world but one that is far greater than any that the world can offer.
Proverbs 16:17, "The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul."
Proverbs 4:25-27, "Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil."
If we are going to travel this Highway of Holiness, the things of this world must grown dim. The desire for a better lifestyle, while not totally wrong, must always take 2nd place to our desire to “abstain from every appearance of evil” and from those “things which will deter us from our journey”.
Our eyes must be set on Christ and His way of righteousness and we must never forget that all of the beauty of this present world is going to be destroyed by fire in the end.
Guard your vision! Guard your heart! Guard your mind! Be careful of the things you hear and see, lest they cause you to leave the Highway of Holiness to be lost in the streets of sin of this present world.
You are a citizen of Heaven. You are journeying through a strange, foreign and dangerous world on your way home. Watch out for your soul, for there is nothing more important than going home.
Keep your eyes on Jesus. Don’t look at the things of this world lest your gaze creates a desire to be a part of this world. Put on your spiritual blinders and walk the straight path of holiness. Don’t allow sin to become your master. Put your body under subjection and keep your desires upon the things of God.
Every time we stray from the Highway of Holiness we miss God’s best for our lives. Every time we fall it is another delay and another spiritual hurt that God must heal.
My job and that of the leadership is to make the Highway as safe as possible for you!
Isaiah 62:10-12, "Go through…prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken."
Just as God told Isaiah to prepare the way of the people for the nation of Israel, God has given that same commission to the leadership of his church.
With God’s help, I must watch for stumbling blocks in your path. I must try to remove those rocks and stones to keep you from falling. It is my duty to see the dangers, to warn you of them and to try to steer you around them. Sometimes, trying to keep people from falling, there are things that must be said that are uncomfortable.