Self Realization

Isaiah 6:5   (KJV)   5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.

The prophet Isaiah realized the sobering truth of His wretchedness and gave at least two reasons for His clear realization and humble admission. The first reason he gave was the uncleanness of his lips. The interpretations of which vary, but we can generalize it as Isaiah 6.5 - Realization of Real Selfuncleanness. This uncleanness wasn’t only in his personal sphere but even communal—the people around him were also unclean. The second reason he gave was him seeing the Lord. Seeing the Lord in His majesty and utter holiness has that kind of effect.

The holiest of us, left to ourselves, are unclean. The unholy in the presence of the Most Holy isn’t a good scenario unless it’s a process of cleansing and forgiveness. No matter how highly people esteem themselves to be, no matter how self-righteous, how much better they see themselves to be in comparison to others, their exaggerated view of themselves will embarrassingly shrink when presented with the picture of their true state and presented before the presence of the one and only true holy God.

It’s a good first step though to humbly admit our spiritual bankruptcy. It’s those who realize the poverty in their spirit who receive the kingdom of heaven. It’s good to see Who the answer to our need is. He Who is Holy lovingly, willingly, graciously, and abundantly imparts His holiness to those who reach out to Him in full dependence and surrender. We’re hopeful even when we see what’s devastatingly wrong with us, knowing that Someone can make it wonderfully right.

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The Word, Life, and Light

John 1.4 - The Word, Life, and Light - 2John‬ ‭1:4‬   (KJV‬‬)   In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Jesus is the Word; He is the Light of the world; He is life. As the Word, He gives life; as Life, He brings light. Because of the Word, creation exists; because of life, death is overcome, because of light, darkness flees.

God doesn’t run out of resources. He spoke and the worlds came into being. He doesn’t need anything to create something; His Word is more than enough to create reality. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. God speaks life. He is our life-source; He’s also our life-support. God illuminates our world; in Him, everything is exposed; everything is made clear.

We have no fear of lack; God has promised more than enough provisions for those who seek Him, His Kingdom, and His righteousness first. His Word is our bond; nothing’s surer. We have no fear of death; we who believe, although we die, we will live, and those of us who live and believe will never die. Death really has lost its sting. We no longer live in darkness; we’re free from sin, guilt, and shame. We know where we’re headed. He is the Light that marks our destiny, the Lamp of our feet, the Light of our path. We’re not lost.