The sense of God’s holiness is one of the main reasons why the first-century church was so powerful. As Jewish people they knew the holiness of God’s law. But, as Christians they possessed the knowledge of His grace. They knew what Jesus had done. They knew the height of God’s truth is balanced by the depth of His grace.

John 1:17 – “grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ”

Why are there so few who enter? Because the exodus from the mind to the heart demands we become honest with ourselves. Many people the world over celebrate the forgiveness of sins in Jesus, but they end their experience with God there.

The reality is we must see both the justice of God but also the forgiveness of sins. Our salvation begins with seeing the kingdom and expands to entering it. There are many times when we feel unworthy, when we seek to escape from God. In these times, the last one we want to face is God in His holiness. But in the midst of our unworthiness, we need to call upon the Lord.

We must face and conquer the giants of sin, condemnation and ignorance. We are seeking the Living God who promised, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13)

When John the Baptist looked at Jesus, he told his disciples, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)

Remember the nature of God is LOVE. We are going to see the truth of Christ and the lie of our old selves and, instead of being overwhelmed, we will stand in faith knowing the grace of God is upon us.

Doug Everaard is a husband, dad, and die hard OU. He loves watching movies and hanging with youth pastors and their families. Doug is the District Youth Director for Oklahoma Youth Ministries.

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