Scriptures: Isaiah 6:1-8, Hosea 11:9, Exodus 15:11, Matthew 12:34, 1 John 1:9
The world sometimes tells us that God is One Who accepts everyone just the way they are and never bothers trying to change them. Or that God is One Who gives us everything and never expects anything in return. Or even that He honors all religions and sees one way to Him just as good as another. None of those are true for one simple reason: God is a holy God. Because He is holy, and separate from us, our view of Him must necessarily be God-centered. When it is, we discover that His holiness deeply affects how we know and relate to Him.
More than anything else in this world, our culture needs a fresh vision of God. The church needs a fresh vision of God. We need a fresh vision of God. We need to see God not as we think He is, but we need to see God as Isaiah did; the way He really is. For once you see the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the great God in all of His glory, you will not, and cannot, ever be the same again. In this message, Dr. Merritt reveals a God high and lifted up, and explores His holiness and what it means to know that God is holy.
"We need clean lips to witness for God. We need clean hands to work for God. We need clean feet to walk before God. We need clean hearts to worship God. And the holiness of God, which reveals the sinfulness of man, will always result in the forgiveness of sin. God does not demand a perfect vessel, but He does demand a clean vessel." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.