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Summary: How do we become Holy? The Hebrew word translated Holy is Qodesh it means a sacred place or object set apart consecrated and dedicated to God. Beloved there is a vast difference between Holy and Purity.

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For those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are three Scripture readings prior to the Message. The appointed Scriptures for this day are: 1 Samuel 1:4-20; Hebrews 10:10-25, and Mark 13:1-8

When Satan,..... tempted the woman in the garden, it was not with great theological points of doctrine..... Rather it was an appeal ....to her desires. (Genesis 3:6)

Doesn't that fruit look good? ...... Surely a loving God ...wouldn't keep something this good... from you.

You must have misunderstood .....his instructions.

Beloved.....Satan used that strategy then .....and he uses it today.

Satan knows that Sin is pleasing to our senses.... to our desires.... and it is very foolish.... for us to pretend .....otherwise.

The Lord commands us..... to be Holy .....and the truth is, .....we have made doctrines .......around .....being Holy.

We abstain from things ....that are pleasing to our senses ......to seemingly gain a level ....of holiness.

Yet .....we have seen .....even the quote.... "Great Christians" ....give way to temptation.... and sin.

And we may wonder...... will anyone.... make it?

There is ....some truth .....in keeping ourselves apart ......abstaining from the things ....our senses desire.

For it is true ....some things ....are displeasing... to God.

Yet how do we attain holiness?

The Scripture speak to Holiness... and sanctification.

Both The Old and the new Testament speak to Holiness.

Hear God's Word from the book of Isaiah: BIBLE "And a main road ....will go through that once deserted land..... It will be named..... the Highway of Holiness..... Evil hearted people ....will never travel on it..... It will be only for those.... who walk in God's ways;..... fools ....will never.... walk there." END Isaiah 35:8

The Hebrew word translated Holy is.... Qodesh (Ko-dish) it means a sacred place or object ....set apart .....consecrated ....and dedicated...... to God

The Altar of Incense ....was Holy ....because it was set apart .....for a very specific purpose.

The moment a priest used it..... for any other purpose, .....even to warm his hands .....it was defiled .....and made unholy.

Holy....., set apart for a purpose.

In your cupboards ......you may have some fine China .....and fine crystal glassware.

You do not use it every day, .....but on special occasions .....you bring it out.

It is set apart .....for a special use, .... to use it for any other purpose ....would negate its.... "special status".

So to be Holy before the Lord .....is to be set apart ....to Him.

In the Church .....we have often viewed Holiness as a defensive act..... that is.... to not do something

But in reality.... it is an offensive act .... We are ......to do something.

I am not Holy.... because I do not sin,... that's called purity, .....and purity is about cleansing ..... purging and refining our lives ......allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us ......into the image of Christ Jesus.

Holiness is something ....different then purity.

It is about ....being set apart .....for a purpose.

God the Father ....is worshiped in heaven and earth, not for his ability to remain sinless.... for that is part of his very being.


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