Day 9

God Is Holy

from the Attributes of God reading plan

Leviticus 20:23-26, Isaiah 6:1-7, Hebrews 7:26-28, 1 Peter 1:14-16, Revelation 4:8-11

BY She Reads Truth

God is perfect, pure, and undefiled. He does not sin.

As God’s image-bearers, we’re called to reflect His holiness. God says, “You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy” (Leviticus 20:26). It is a seemingly impossible task. We have all been stained by sin and bear on our backs the weight of a sinful nature. Try as we might, we all “fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

When confronted with God’s holiness in the heavenly throne room, Isaiah’s response was nothing short of terror: “Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). That’s how stark the contrast is between God’s perfect, holy nature and our utter lack of holiness. It’s not even close.

To be holy is to be set apart, uncommon, and raised up. God is all of these things, and we are not. But His response to Isaiah’s woeful plea was not to leave Isaiah ruined before the throne. Instead, He extended mercy and made atonement for Isaiah’s sin (Isaiah 6:6–7). God, in His perfection, has made a way for His people to be holy, for nothing is impossible with Him (Luke 1:37).

Because of Jesus’s sacrifice for us on the cross, all things are being made new (Revelation 21:5). We have been given God’s Spirit to walk with Him and practice holiness daily. Someday, all who know Christ will be perfected in Him. On that day, we will reflect God’s holiness to all creation, just as God designed it to be from the beginning.

In the meantime, God has given us the righteousness of His Son, making us holy in His sight. We are now set apart as His “holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9) and a temple for His Spirit. The holy presence of God that once made Isaiah tremble lives inside of believers. Our hope in Christ is so sure that God already regards us as people who no longer fall short, who have become holy, just as He is holy.

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63 thoughts on "God Is Holy"

  1. Marilyn says:

    God commands us to be holy and considers being holy reasonable. God also tells us we will not see God unless we are holy. “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
    Check this out Holiness Hope this will enlighten us.

  2. Kristine Sylvester says:

    That is so painful.
    I have three grown children and only one lives at home. Our children have their own lives and their own testimony. The child that is being shunned is walking a path that is very familiar to our Lord. Let your child feel the sting so that they can, also, share in the glory. Place each of them fully into the hands of the Father and ask Him to help you to trust Him. It is SO hard; I know this, intimately. The Lord recently worked with me to address the issue of making an idol of my children. It was one of the most painful things I ever had to release; it felt like my heart was being ripped out of my chest. But, as is His way, the release has brought me great peace and freedom.

  3. Bethany says:

    Praying for you and your family, LB. Our God is gracious and compassionate. He is the Almighty One and so intimately acquainted with every detail of our lives. Trusting He will provide in beautiful ways.

  4. Heather Foord says:

    He is Holy, Lord Almighty, maker of the earth….

  5. L B. says:

    I am asking for others to please offer words of encouragement for me and prayers.
    My husband and I have 5 children 2 boys and 3 girls.
    The girls are ages 23,17and 14. There have been issues over the years too much to put here but just some relation stuff and one of our daughters has dealt with some depression . They get along at times but recently the younger 2 have really been isolating the older one. They all live at home. They for sure have different personalities and all profess a relationship with the Lord but it is hard to see in the way they relate to one another. It is a very hard position for me as a mom. My heart goes out to my oldest for being excluded from them and she doesn’t have a lot of other friends. I just don’t even know how to pray. I want them to treat one another with love and mercy and the way that honors the Lord. I try to talk to them but always a lot of excuses. Then I try to be quiet and pray and they say I take sides. It is a mess and I am just so saddened by the waste of time.

    I just lost my dad about 2 months ago and I have a brother that doesn’t speak to any of the family. When I think of that and then my girls it just makes me so angry and sad all at the same time. And seems I just don’t know what to even ask the Lord I appreciate all you reading this and praying.

  6. Elenoa Delana says:

    Amen ❤️

  7. Tiffany G says:

    I have def lost the Holiness in my mind and tongue. This scripture remind me of the power of Holiness. It sets ppl free.

  8. Tiffany G says:

    Def remind me to look at my behaviors

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