The Road Less Travelled

Because the road you travel is not the shortcut

 

Isaiah 35:8-10. 

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness.  The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.

No light will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; They will not be found there.  But only the redeemed will walk there,

And the ransomed of the Lord will return.  They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.  Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

In December 1992 God built a highway and connected it to my life.  A highway over which He is traveling, A Highway of Holiness.  It is a highway still under construction.  Every day it is getting closer to completion.  Sometimes he has to come back and patch up some round and broken parts.  Sometimes, he has to come back and do complete reconstruction.

When you travel this highway, you are in the presence of God.  Let me share with you what I have found on this highway.

Three Prominent Principles

  1. In God’s presence all sin is exposed.
  2. You are not in God’s presence if your sin has never been exposed. Look for a moment at the vision Isaiah had. It is found in Isaiah 6: 1-8.
    1. Isaiah’s vision was up ward. (Read the scripture slide) He literally saw the Lord high and exalted.  And what he saw so overwhelmed him.  Look at how he described God:
      1. Seated on a throne.
      2. High and exalted.
  • His royal robe filled the temple.
  1. It was an inward vision. (Scripture Slide, Read) He saw himself. Not as man sees him, but as God sees him.  Isaiah cried out, “I have seen him and I am ruined.  I am unclean and I live among a people of unclean lips.”  And in his brokenness, he repented.  And God cleansed him of his impurities and sin.
  2. It was an outward vision. (Scripture Slide) He overheard the conversation taking place between the triune God. The Lord was asking, “whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

When God issues and invitation, it either has to be accepted or rejected.  Isaiah accepted the invitation.

  1. When God creates a highway of holiness He exposes sin like a refiner and purifier. Look at Malachi 3:3:  He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.  Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness.
    1. You cannot talk about holiness and not have the refiner touch every area of your life!
  2. I am convinced much of our praying is an offense to God.
    1. Psalm 24:3-5: Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.  He will receive blessings from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior.
    2. Much of our praying is striving to get something from the Lord. True prayer must be founded upon a desire to be united with the Lord.
    3. Intercession is born out of maintaining the position of John at the Last Supper, leaning our head on His breast where we can hear is heart beat.

NEXT WEEK WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THE THREE PROMINENT PRINCIPLES ABOUT GOD’S PRESENCE