Holy Ground – Standing On GOD’S Holy Ground

TEXT: EX.3:1-6; JOSH. 5:13:15
AIM: To teach us the holy character of God and the vital bearing it has in the life of believers.
M/VERSE: HEB. 12:14, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord.”

The message of this write-up is the holiness of God and the vital bearing it has in the life of those who draw near to Him. God’s holiness, as the source and basis of our own holiness, requires absolute separation from all that is unholy and profane. This is a call to take our stand on holy ground as those the Lord has called to His glory and virtue. He has called us to partake of His nature of holiness, so as to enable us to escape the moral decay that is prevalent in the world through lust and greed – 2Pet. 1:3-4.

We are called into God’s family with privileges and responsibilities which include His chastening, so that we can become true sons of God and not bastards. Divine chastening is God’s way of making us partake of His holy character so that we can truly be in His image and likeness. It is like a fire that refines gold or silver until its precious and hidden quality comes out. The process of refining the believer so that he can partake of God’s holy character is what is called “sanctification”. Heb. 12:1-17.

Those who refuse to allow God to take them through this process are regarded by Him as bastards. Bastards are illegitimate children with no right to sonship. The rights of true sonship in God are ratified through the processes of sanctification. Every true son of God must decide to stand on God’s holy ground. “Standing on holy ground” is another way of representing the process and state of sanctification. As God’s covenant people, we are called to stand on His holy ground so as to be taken through His sanctification processes. 

Those who consistently go through the process of sanctification are the ones standing on holy ground; and they are the true sons of God, with all the rights of sonship placed at their disposal. Holiness is the core nature of the Christian faith; the word “core” has to do with the central and most important characteristic quality of something. When holiness is removed from the Christian faith, life, and ministry, it becomes a mere religious exercise, which has no power to change and transformation in the life of those involved in it. And ultimately the gate of the kingdom of God remains closed against them. Heb. 12:12-17.

The phrase “holy ground was used on two occasions in the Bible. The first was when God appeared to Moses and commissioned him to go and deliver the Hebrews from the Egyptian bondage. The second was when the captain of the Lord’s host appeared to Joshua as they were about to go for the conquest of the city of Jericho.

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“Arid he said, Draw not near-here, put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground” -Ex.3:5, And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, loose thy shoes from off thy foot, for the place whereon thou standest is holy, And Joshua did so. ” Jash.5:15

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