Promises, that which is Holy
INTRODUCTION: I want to speak on the subject of PRAYER PROMISES. This is not a message on the promises God has made to us while we remain in His will. Rather it has to do with PROMISES MADE TO GOD WHILE PRAYING..
Let’s lay some ground work for this message by reading this very familiar verse, found in Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Right in the middle of this verse is the word “HOLY.”
Over in I Peter 1:15-16 we read, "But, as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (literally of life). Because it is written, Be you holy; for I am holy." This was taken from Leviticus 19:2 where we read, "Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy; for I, the Lord your God, am holy."
At the foundation of this message is the word “HOLY”. In the Bible, the word holy can be translated by these three words: SANCTIFY, SANCTIFICATION, or SAINT. Sanctification is not sinless perfection. Rather, it means to be set apart for a purpose.
When the word HOLY refers to God, it means He is SUPERIOR to all other BEINGS.
When the word HOLY refers to humans, it means s/he is SEPARATED UNTO GOD.
When the word HOLY refers to things, it means they are SET APART for the service of God.
For example, this pulpit is SANCTIFIED. It has been set apart for the specific purpose of preaching and teaching the Word of God. Now it is not a perfect pulpit; it does have some nicks in it. But none the less, it is a sanctified pulpit. It has been set apart for God. That means there is nothing wrong with calling this a sacred desk.
For example, in the Bible we are told we are SAINTS. Now the word saint comes from the same root word that is translated as holy or sanctified.. In I Corinthians 1:2 we read, "Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are SANCTIFIED in Christ Jesus, called to be SAINTS…"
Now the church saints at Corinth were anything but sanctified. The church people in Corinth were very sinful. Yet they were called saints; the Bible says they were sanctified. So they were saints, they were sanctified, but they were not perfect.
Again, the word sanctified does not mean being made perfect, rather it means being set apart for the service of God. Now listen very carefully,
WHEN SOMETHING BECAME SANCTIFIED IN THE BIBLE,
MAN COULD NOT TOUCH IT.
THAT WHICH WAS SANCTIFIED, AND THAT WHICH WAS MADE HOLY,
NOW BELONGED UNTO GOD.
IT BECAME SEPARATED FOR GOD TO USE.
For example, the Ark of the Covenant was SANCTIFIED. In the Old Testament, in the place of worship called the tabernacle there was a sacred room called the “Holy of Holies.” Inside this room was the “ark of the covenant,” and on it was a lid called the “mercy seat.” Once a year, on the day of Atonement, the blood of a sacrificed bullock was sprinkled upon this piece of furniture.
This piece of furniture was sanctified; it belonged unto God and that meant no man could touch it.
In fact even the priests, in carrying the “ark of the covenant,” could not touch it. Because it was sanctified, it was picked up and carried by the priests with staves.
However, if you remember in II Samuel 6:3-8, one man by the name of Uzzah reached out and touched the “ark of the covenant” to keep it from falling. He immediately dropped dead. Why? Because he touched something that belonged to God.
This evening I have brought with me a box that will represent the TREASURY OF GOD. In it I am going to place some things that the Bible says are sanctified.
FIRST: The Tithe is SANCTIFIED The first thing I am going to place in the treasury of God is the tithe. The tithe which is holy represents the first tenth of what comes to you (salary, inheritance, gifts) – that belongs unto God. For in Leviticus 27:30-34 we read,
“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD's: it is holy unto the LORD. (31) And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. (32) And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD. (33) He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed. (34) These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.”
Notice in verse 30, "all the tithe…is holy unto the Lord."
What does the word HOLY mean? It means SANCTIFIED.
What does the word SANCTIFIED mean? It means to be set apart for God's use.
So the tithe is holy, it is set apart for God's use. Now by placing this first tenth in the treasury of God, whose is it? "It belongs to God." That means this tithe no longer belongs to me, correct?
So let's suppose I came down to the end of the month and I need some money for the house payment or for some groceries. DO I HAVE A RIGHT TO GO OVER TO THIS BOX AND TAKE SOME OF THE TITHE OUT? No, I don't have a right to do that.
WHY? Because it is sanctified.
WHY? Because it is holy.
WHY? Because it has been set apart for God's use.
Listen, it is just as much a sacrilege for you to touch this TITHE as it was for UZZAH to reach out and touch the “ark of the covenant.” Why? Because this TITHE is just as sacred to God as that piece of furniture. THE TITHE BELONGS TO GOD!
That is why we are commanded in the New Testament I Corinthians 16:2, "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." This verse is telling us that upon the first day of the week, Sunday, we are to bring our tithes to the church house.
And since the tithe is holy that means every penny placed into the offering plate is sacred and guarded in order to be spent for God's work. Thank God for those in this church who are responsible for our financial accountability.
Since the tithe is the Lord's…God's money:
Neither the government in this borough or county, nor the government in Harrisburg, nor the government in Washington DC has any right to reach into the treasury of the Lord and extract taxes for its use.
Remember the tithe is the Lord’s, therefore every believer is obligated to give it unto Him.
SECOND: Every first born child is SANCTIFIED In Exodus 13:12-13 we read,
“That thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the LORD's. (13) And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.” The first born was to be sanctified unto the Lord.
Now what was true then is true even today. Parents if you have given your children in dedication unto the Lord, you can't take them back. Why? Because they are sanctified, they are set apart for God's use.
There was a day when each of our children was given in dedication to the Lord. On that day, I pledged to raise His children (given to me on loan) for His sake and His glory. Therefore I have no right to step in and take one of them back for my use. They belong to God.
THIRD: The Bible is SANCTIFIED It is Holy unto God. Does not the cover of your Bible say HOLY BIBLE? Are not these the HOLY WORDS of God? Therefore,
I have no right to tamper with the Bible to change it.
I have no right to alter the wording, nor the context of scripture.
That is why I am not for any new Bibles or new versions or translations. We have the Bible, why work to change it? Remember what we read in Revelation 22:18-19,
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: (19) And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
That means I can't change its doctrine.
That means I can't change its words.
Be careful as the church of the Latter Day Saints is using some very deceptive advertisement saying they are giving away a King James Version of the Bible. Don't be deceived; they have not changed their theology. That is just a come on to get unsuspecting Christians to think they are alright, while they slip in their damnable heresies.
FOURTH: The Body is also HOLY
I Corinthians 3:16-17, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is HOLY, which temple ye are.”
I Corinthians 6:19-20, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
That means as a Christian your body belongs unto God. It is His. It is sanctified. It is holy. That means you dare not misuse His body for your purposes as with drugs, alcohol, gluttony or for the misuse of sex.
FIFTH: The Lord's day is HOLY We are living in a day and time in which Sunday is just another WORK day or another BUSINESS day or another PLEASURE day. The world looks upon Sunday no different than any other day of the week. However, that is not how God looks upon Sunday.
In Exodus 20: 8-11 we have been given the 4th of the Ten Commandments where we read,
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. (9) Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: (10) But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: (11) For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
Notice verse 8 "the Sabbath day, we are to keep it HOLY." While reading the New Testament, we recognize that the sacred day of the week has changed from the Sabbath to Sunday because of the resurrection of Jesus on the first day. Upon this day, we are to REST and WORSHIP.
If I place Sunday, the Lord’s day, into the treasury of God, no believer has any right to use that day for other purposes. You might think that you don't have to be in church on Sunday. I challenge you to think again.
It is a holy day; it is God’s day.
It is a day separated unto God and for God.
It is a day of worship, a day to turn your attention unto God.
WHAT A SACRILEGE FOR YOU TO REACH INTO THE TREASURY OF GOD AND TAKE OUT SUNDAY, THE LORD'S DAY, AND USE IT FOR A HOLIDAY OF PLEASURE, OR A DAY FOR SPORTS AND RECREATION, INSTEAD OF A HOLY DAY OF WORSHIP UNTO GOD.
We have allowed so many things to come into our lives, to occupy our time and attention on Sunday, the Lord’s Day, that we have no longer made this a special day set aside for God.
We have made it a special day set aside for ME, for what would benefit me.
We have allowed sports, and family outings, and travel, and picnics, and whatever to take the place of us being in the House of God worshipping God, and then resting the rest of the day.
My friends, there is something terribly wrong with our SPIRITUAL PRIORITIES. And who is paying the price? Our children see Sunday as a day to choose what they want to do instead of what God demands and requires.
How serious is it to reach out and touch that which has been made Holy, to reach out to touch that which has been set apart, to reach out and take what belongs to God?
Take, for example, the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. There God said to them, “Every tree in the garden is yours except one. That one is mine, and don't you to touch it.”
That tree was God's just like the FIRST TENTH was GOD'S.
That tree was God's just like the BIBLE is Holy.
That tree was God's just like the first-born child was dedicated to GOD.
That tree was God's just like the Sabbath (now our Sunday) is Holy unto God.
So when Adam and Eve took the fruit, they were robbing God of His portion. Therefore the sin that caused the entire human race to fall was the SIN OF NOT TITHING. Adam and Eve did the same thing that you do on Sunday if you don't give the tithe or the first tenth that belongs unto God.
Here is something amazing. Horticulturalists tell us there were nine trees in the Garden of Eden. There were
Pomegranates Rue Ebony Berry Mulberry
Nut Vine Palm Rose
From these nine trees in the Garden of Eden, every other tree in the world has come into being. By adding the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, that makes ten trees.
God must have said to Adam and Eve, “You may have the nine-tenths for your use, but leave me the tenth for my use.” But Adam and Eve, being tempted of the Devil, reached out and took also of the 10th tree that belonged unto God. As a result, the whole human race came under the curse of sin and death.
It is a tragic thing when God's people rob God of the first fruits of their income. That's what caused the whole human race to fall.
It is not a matter this church needs the money
It is not a matter that you need a blessing
It is not a matter that you will receive riches.
You ought to tithe because it the right things to do
You ought to tithe because it is the commanded thing to do.
You ought to Tithe because it is the Holy thing to do.
And if you take that tithe and use it for any other purpose you are doing the same thing that Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden when they took of the fruits of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Take, for example, the story of Joshua in Joshua chapter 6 and 7. You may recall when the Israelites went inside the Promise land, the first city to be taken was Jericho. In Joshua 6:17-21 instructions were given regarding the animals, people and things inside of Jericho.
“And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city. (17) And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. (18) And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. (19) But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD. (20) So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. (21) And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.”
Notice in chapter 6:19 the word "consecrated." This is another word for “sanctified.”
Now, why did God say this about Jericho? Because Jericho was the first city.. God said that the first CITY was His. The city of Jericho was God's. All the gold and all the silver was to go into His treasury. The city was sacred; it was holy. It was set apart for God.
Jericho was the only city that God gave these specific instructions regarding. Now what sin did Achan in Joshua 7 commit? He committed the sin of stealing the tithe. Because Achan didn't tithe, he was killed, his wife was killed, his family was killed, and everything he owned was destroyed.
Now listen carefully. The reason why you are to tithe is because the first-tenth of your income is holy, sanctified, and set apart for God's use. It belongs to God. If you keep it, you are doing exactly:
What UZZAH did when He tried to touch the Ark.
What ADAM and EVE did when they ate of God's tree in the Garden of Eden.
What ACHAN did when he took of the accursed thing in Jericho.
So far, we have talked only about the things that God has made holy by putting them into this treasury box.
The first tithe, God made holy.
The first-born child, God made holy.
The Bible, God made holy.
The body, God made holy.
The Lord's Day, SUNDAY, God made holy,
Now, there are other things that are sanctified beside what God has sanctified. They are the things you and I make holy. These are the things that you and I make holy when we come to the throne of grace in prayer and promise God that we will do something.
Please turn with me to Ecclesiastics 5 and follow me as I read verses 1-8.
“Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. (2) Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. (3) For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words. (4) When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. (5) Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. (6) Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?”
Notice again verse 4, "When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it:…" That means when I, in prayer, vow to God to do something, that vow becomes sacred, it becomes holy, it becomes God's and I have an obligation to follow through and pay it.
Let’s take a minute to apply what we’ve learned in a very practical way.
Have you ever promised God an offering?
Have you promised God you would go soul winning?
Have you promised God you would hand out tracts?
Have you made a promise to God to pray for someone?
Have you made a promise this year to read your Bible daily or through?
Have you made a promise to serve the Lord in some area of the ministry?
Have you walked the isle and made a promise to God?
If you have made a vow to God, you have placed a promise into the treasury of God. That promise has become holy. You have no right to remove it from the treasury of God. Your promise has been sanctified by God.
On the basis of the opening text, Romans 12:1, I challenge you to renew your vows. Whatever you have placed into the Treasury of God you are to honor, and not take it back.
If God has spoken to your heart after reading the sermon “Promises, that which is Holy” right now talk to God about what He has spoken to you.
Do you have the assurance that one day you will go to heaven? If you have no assurance that you know Jesus Christ, then I trust you will decide to accept Him as your personal Savior. The Bible tells us in
Acts 16:31, “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”
Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
This prayer is here for those who need to ask Jesus to be their personal Savior: “I do want to go to Heaven. I know I am a sinner, and I do believe Jesus Christ died for me. I realize I cannot buy this great salvation, nor can I earn it. Knowing Jesus died on the cross and arose from the grave to pay my sin debt and to purchase my salvation, I do now trust Him as my Savior, and from this moment on I am completely depending on Him for my salvation.”
If you made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, please let me know. Please send an e-mail to pdmikBBM@aol.com and I will send you some literature that will help you in your Christian life.
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