Monday, April 29, 2013

Holy, Holy, Holy

After writing my blog post, entitled Struggling, last week; I was in a deep dark place. I had no idea how to change my life, how to start walking with the Lord...I was just confused. I recently just got out of a crazy relationship, and things are just hectic. With all of that said, Sunday I decided (like every other Sunday) to go to church. I got up, got ready, felt very pretty, and was on my way. Now, for those of you who don't know me; I grew up in a separated teen parent home...going to church every other week with my single-teen-father who was searching for "something more." So, at about 4, I was saved, and Jesus became my friend. For the past year or so...I have been attending church; not wanting to be there, yet I knew I needed to be. It wasn't until this specific Sunday that I had prayed so hard for the Lord to speak to me, to change me, and to really open my heart and clear all distractions.

It was in that sermon that I realized God is holy, I am not. God is an awesome God, and so often I feel as though in my human selfishness, I try to take pride in my being and in my accomplishments. Quite frankly, without Him, I would be nothing. My accomplishments would not exist. In this sermon, my pastor was unraveling Psalm 99, telling us about the characteristics of our God. In verses 1-3, God's sovereignty is being discussed. In verses 4-5, we are learning about his character. In verses 6-9, we learn about God's faithfulness. 

1. God is unique. Well, that's pretty vague. He is perfect, unlike His creation.
2. He is ethically pure. God cannot even approach sin. He is morally excellent. When Christ was on the cross, he had to turn his back because he could not even bear to see the sin of this world.
3. He is devoted to His glory. And we should be too.

Our God is not dead, He is alive. It's during sermons and moments like these when I realize God is holy. He IS full of grace, He IS merciful, He IS faithful. What a blessing to be able to serve someone like Him!!! Now, it's also in moments like these when many people question if God is so loving, why does he allow bad things to happen on this earth? Now, I don't know the exact reason, ask Him when you get there. The reason bad things happen is because we live a life apart from God. No matter what happens, God IS IN CONTROL. If you don't think God is in full control and has a plan for your life, He does. Exalt the name of God with your life.

Every knee shall bow, every tongue shall confess, that He is holy.

It's in moments like these where I realize how blessed I am to be able to serve such an amazing God. He loves me. He always will love me. No matter how wicked this earth may get, He is in control. He has a plan for my life. So thankful for a God who loves me and allows me to serve Him. I am so lucky.

Back to my struggling last was all part of God's perfect plan for my life.

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