How we view God’s holiness effects how we see our sins. God is a holy God and sin cannot enter into His presence. Sin cannot and will not stand in the presence of God.
Recognizing God’s holiness guides and governs our lives. If a person does not truly recognize that God is holy they will never truly repent. Some people are more concerned about being caught in their sin then they are about being sorry that they sinned against a holy God.
1. We need to see ourselves as we are…we must be honest.
2. We need to acknowledge God for Who He is … a holy and righteous God.
3. We must see sin for what it is confess it, repent of it, and forsake it.
Exodus 3:1-6 NKJV
“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father–the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.”
What would have happened to Moses if he had not recognized God’s holy presence when he encountered God’s manifest presence? God expected Moses to recognize His holiness and obey Him in order for Moses to draw closer to Him. How we regard God’s holiness matters to Him. God told Moses to remove his sandals as an acknowledgement of His holiness and authority. When we encounter the presence of God we too must acknowledge His holiness and His authority and submit to Him.
Joshua 5:13-15 NKJV
And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.”
Throughout the ages God has manifested Himself over and over. When God shows Himself, He expects something out of us. He expects us to recognize His holiness and sovereignty.
Isaiah 6:1-5 NKJV
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”
When Isaiah encountered the presence of God he realized that he was a sinful man standing in the presence of a holy God. When Isaiah confessed his sinful state God was quick to forgive him and from that point on Isaiah was used by God as a mighty prophet.