A HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS
“A highway will be there, a roadway,
And it will be called the Highway of Holiness.
The unclean will not travel on it,
But it will be for him who walks that way,
And fools will not wander on it.
No lion will be there,
Nor will any vicious beast go up on it;
These will not be found there.
But the redeemed will walk there,
And the ransomed of the Lord will return
And come with joyful shouting to Zion,
With everlasting joy upon their heads.
They will find gladness and joy,
And sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
There was a time when the Spirit of God spoke through the prophet Isaiah about a time when God Himself would establish a highway called the Highway of Holiness. God has not changed His agenda, it’s still on HIS calendar.
Today, there are many who preach, teach, and write about the word of God, on television, through social media, and in congregations across the nation. Many claim the Spirit of God in them is revealing the word of God through them, yet, sin is rampant in the lives of those, who, both are putting forth His word and in the lives of those listening to God’s words.
Don’t deceive yourself. My words, written or spoken, your words, or any teacher, preacher, or rabbi who speaks forth God’s word, unless those words act like a sword regarding sin, piercing the hearts and minds of those who hear them, will be powerless to become a highway of holiness.
Why must our words be like a sword regarding sin? The reason is that our people and nation have lost their fear of God, and consequently lost their fear of sin. Scripture declares that when God builds a highway, it is a highway of holiness, and without exposing sin, there can be no holiness.
When God creates a highway of holiness, He exposes sin like a refiner’s fire, and repentance and confession of sin are the result. This is because Scripture declares, “The unclean cannot walk on it!” It is for others, who understand the overpowering awesome holiness of our God.
Today, we have a generation that has little or no experience of the holiness of God, because one cannot experience the holiness of God without His refining fire touching every fiber of our being.
This is why when you hear someone teach or preach, the Spirit of God allows you to recognize and understand clearly whether it is just a sermon, or a word from The God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, The Holy One of Israel!
Today, God is looking for holiness, not just sermons. I believe there can be no revival in our great nation without holiness in our leaders, teachers, preachers, and rabbis.
Since God is holy, our lives must also be holy. Holy means separated unto, set apart.
Psalm 24 declares, “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord, or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of His salvation.”
So many people today want God to heal our land, but they are not willing to hold themselves accountable to a holy God regarding their sin.
Scripture asks each of us the question, “Who can ascend the mountain of the Lord?” Scripture provides the answer, “He who has clean hands and a pure heart!”
Have you gone before God confessing your sins, transgressions, and iniquities against Him?
Have you gone before our holy God and confessed the sins of our nation against Him?
God says He hates the shedding of innocent blood! Yet, we are a nation who has murdered 60 million unborn babies.
We are a nation that has legislated God completely out of our lives through the Supreme Court, the highest court in our country. We have removed prayer from our schools, sporting events, counsel meetings, and almost every sector of public life.
The Supreme Court has even changed the meaning of marriage. An institution God created, not man.
Through the actions of the Supreme Court they have removed His 10 Commandments from public buildings and from our schools. They have legalized abortion, which God sees as the shedding of innocent blood.
We are a people and a nation who have sinned against God and turned from Him and His ways.
So I ask you the question, “Are you one who is repenting, confessing, and pleading with God to forgive our sins, transgressions, and iniquities? Are you one who is crying out for our people to turn from our wicked ways, and for God to forgive our sins, and heal our land?”
If the fate of our nation depended on your prayer life, would our nation be redeemed? If your answer is no, then you need to change your prayer life.
If you were to ask many pastors and rabbis today, “Do you believe in prayer?” Most would say, “Absolutely.”
Then you might ask, “How often do you pray and how often do you pray with others and with your family?”
The honest ones will say,” Not often enough, or that’s a weak point in my life, or there is so little time.”
Go to a prayer meeting today in almost any congregation and see how many attend? That is the heart of our problem today. For most, the truth is in our heads, but it has not reached our hearts!
Fervent and frequent prayer brings you into the presence of God. The more you pray the closer you get to the point where God can transform your heart through His word and His Spirit.
Once your heart is transformed, it impacts the way you live, the way you speak, and how you act so that it begins to impact those around you. God has begun the process of matching your heart to His heart.
Have you ever read about the prophet Elijah? He was a man just like you and me, yet there was one big difference – Elijah prayed!
More importantly, when Elijah prayed, God did something. So ask yourself, “When you pray, do you expect God to answer you?”
Have you been praying or not praying for something you know you should be praying for? If you have been praying does it bother you that God has not answered you, yet?
Elijah prayed and it did not rain for three years and six months. Then, Elijah prayed and it did rain, and the entire nation of Israel was brought back to God!
So today, tomorrow, and next week go before the Lord and beseech Him, “Lord I believe You are real and You hear my prayers. Lord it is not a matter of me just praying, its a matter of my praying and when I have prayed something happens according to Your will, not mine!”
Read what Elijah prayed and how he prayed in
1 Kings 18:36-37
At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah, the prophet came near and said, “O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word. “Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again.”
Elijah prayed and God answered his prayers and an entire nation turned back to God!
“Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God; the Lord, He is God.” 1 Kings 18:38-39
Lord, help us to pray like Elijah for our nation and our families. Lord, help me to understand what it means to become a righteous man or woman, to become one with “clean hands and a pure heart”, so I can stand on Your holy mountain. As I confess my sins and the sins of my nation, deal radically with my sins and the sins of our nation. Turn the hearts of your people back to you dear Lord, cause us to turn from our wicked ways, cleanse us, heal us, and heal our land!