The Beauty of Holiness

The Beauty of Holiness

“…worship the Lord
in the beauty of holiness”
1 Chronicles 16:29

Throughout the history of the church there have been those, whose pursuit of living holy lives, have resulted in something austere, rigid and without joy. True holiness, which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, is something beautiful, joyful and pure. It is free from the hypocrisy of external things for its source is a spring continually flowing within to keep us clean.

Holiness is only valid as we abide in Him who is Holy. The more we grow in the love of the Father the freer we become from the love of the world (1 John 2:15). God Himself is the author and sustainer of holy lives.

As we partake of Him the “beauty” of holiness becomes a living garment enfolding our hearts with the very breath of heaven. There is a power to be found within the wonder of true holiness. It guards us, leads us, and enables us to live above the temptations of this world. The verity of increasing holiness will always be expressed in humility. Humility is the fruit of any life abiding in the immensity of God. Pride cannot exist in His presence. Selfishness, unforgiveness, and all the vices and impurities of the flesh are consumed in the magnificence of His Holiness.

Beauty is the unmistakable result
of Him who is Holy dwelling within.

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“He has made everything beautiful in its time”
Ecclesiastes 3:11

Brian Troxel

The Fear of the Lord

The Fear of the Lord

“But you shall fear the LORD your God,
and he will deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies”

2 Kings 17:39

Deliverance and freedom are fruits of the fear of the Lord. When we touch His Holy Presence there is a peace which settles over our entire being. Peace is the atmosphere of a life that is right with God. Through His Presence we come to know the wonder of the “fear of the Lord”. There is a sanctity which eradicates sin. The Seraphim (Fiery Ones) who stand before Him must shield their eyes from the majestic gaze of God. John in the Book of Revelation, who was walking in the fullness of the Spirit, fell down as one dead when he saw the Glorified Jesus. Men and women who do not fear God, do not know Him.

May He awaken us again to the benefits of knowing and walking in this wonder. In fearing Him we will once again discover the blessings associated with its beauty.

“The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever” (Psalm 19:9)
“Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him” (Psalm 33:18)
“In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence” (Proverbs 14:26)
“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life” (Proverbs 14:27)

SELAH
(Pause and Consider)

“Then had the churches rest throughout all Judæa and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied
Acts 9:31

The early Church walked and lived in the atmosphere of the fear of the Lord. They knew well the consequences of the actions of Ananias and Sapphira. They understood His Holiness and Fire and walked accordingly.

God gives us the key to “understanding the Fear of the Lord”.

“Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; THEN shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God”
Proverbs 2:3-5

The understanding of the fear of the Lord belongs to those who have sought for it and have discovered it riches.

“By humility and the fear of the Lord
are riches, and honour, and life”
Proverbs 22:4

Brian Troxel