“Trusting Holiness Over Happiness”
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
Point number 1: If you’re HOLY and you know it, say amen!
Why do we treat happiness like it’s an ETERNAL, consistent aspect of life, when it’s one of the most CONDITIONAL parts of life?
You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.
God is LOVING, all the time.
God is PRESENT, all the time.
God is FOR us, all the time.
God DESIRES for us to live in eternity with Him, all the time.
God GAVE His son to die for us, and if we went back in time, He would DO it AGAIN.
Point number 2: HAPPINESS vs. HOLINESS, which will you choose?
God does not tell us to be HAPPY, He commands us to BE HOLY.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
We must realize WHO God is and who we ARE in order to really appreciate and live in holiness.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
One day as Jesus was standing by the lake, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything…
Point number 3- It’s DIFFICULT to TRUST God ALL the time.
“BUT because You say so…I will let down the nets.”
Point number 4- EVEN WHEN
Where do you NEED an EVEN WHEN in your life?
We need to stop giving God ONE opportunity to DISPLAY his trustworthiness to us and allow Him to show us His FAITHFULNESS all day long.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on YOUR OWN understanding; in ALL your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”