Holiness is passionately beautiful.

Posted: June 3, 2012 in From the Wall
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“Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!”  (Psalm 96:9)

There are so many different things that can take hold of our hearts and lead us down nasty alleys to messy dead ends.  But there is only One thing that can lead us rightly:  true devotion to a God we really know and have experienced.

The main struggle with the issue of holiness is that many see it as a list of do’s and don’t’s, and that if we don’t avoid certain things, they will defile us.  But the real definition of holiness is connected to devotion and being set apart — it is really about passionate pursuit of an amazing, fascinating, beautiful God who makes all other pursuits seem like the death and grayness that they really are.  And when you really know this God, the do’s and don’t’s make a lot of sense.

That is why many second-generation people after the great Azusa Street Revival rejected the Pentecostal Holiness experience.  The ones who were at Azusa and elsewhere experienced the fire of Pentecost, and it made them willing to “forsake all other lovers” in order to stay in communion with HimBut the next generation didn’t have this experience, so the form of religion their parents practiced seemed legalistic and boring.  But when God shows up, everything changes.  That is why we so desperately need real revival — why we so desperately need a fresh, life-transforming encounter with the Living God.


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