If we long and wait to see the moving of God upon our nation, our family, and our life…there is a simple requirement.
There is something that God is trying to work in us and move in us.
We cannot continue to live like everyone else and still have the opportunity to experience the powerful move of the Spirit, God’s anointing, the flow of the Holy Ghost…Healings, deliverance, the miraculous…it all comes through WALKING IN THE RIGHT WAY!
I’ve said before, and I will continue to say…
You can’t live any old way.
There is a way that the Lord calls his people to walk in…
Because God wants and longs for a people who are separated from the filth and trash.
We are to be separated from the negativity and the spirit of the age.
We cannot afford to take on the characteristics of everything and everyone that we see and hear around us.
The CHURCH IS CALLED TO BE DIFFERENT.
And frankly, the environment that we place ourselves into is such a big part of the process.
If REPENTANCE is the key to a visitation from God, then surely what we are talking about today is ALSO A GREAT KEY to experiencing God’s move and his supernatural visitation.
Let me just say it…
GOD’S PEOPLE MUST BE HOLY.
Holiness Is The Key To A Holy Visitation
Holiness is not an “old fashioned” word.
It is a necessary word.
The mind of God has not changed about what he wants.
He needs, longs for, and expects his church to be full of holy people.
Those who are separated from the world.
Those who don’t consume the filth of the world.
I’m telling you, when you put in the effort to seek the Lord, he will do a work of separation in your heart.
You will start to hate the junk of the world, and you will be drawn to the things of the Spirit.
Some people wonder why they don’t feel drawn to read the Word, or to pray, or to worship.
I’ll tell you why.
You don’t want the things of God when you are still filled up with the ideas, culture, thoughts, desires, motives, and aspirations of the world.
Just as scripture tells us to come out and be separated from the world, so too, when we are obedient to act upon it and do it…God will work a work of HOLINESS IN OUR LIFE.
From the very beginning…holiness has been the MARK of God’s people.
The ways of doing things…
The difference from the nations…
These things marked the children of Israel.
Holy ways for Holy men and Holy women.
Holiness Is The Key To A Holy Visitation
Here’s what the Bible says…
2 Timothy 1:8-9 NKJV
 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,  who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
We have confused our efforts and our works by thinking they are the things that make us holy, and they are not!
When you position yourself in the presence of God…
When you lay down your life at his feet…
When you seek his face with all your heart…
When you put ALL of your HOPE, ALL of your TRUST…ALL of your FAITH in Jesus…
He MAKES YOU HOLY.
HE SEPARATES YOU OUT FROM THE WORLD!
The Bible says…
1 Peter 1:13-16 NKJV
 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;  but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,  because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
This doesn’t make sense to a world that is lost and undone.
They don’t understand what it means to lay aside the garbage and filth and take up the garments of praise and righteousness.
But I’m telling you…
FREEDOM comes when Holiness reigns.
LIBERTY comes when Holiness reigns.
VISITATION comes when Holiness reigns.
If you want to experience these things, it’s time to lay aside the filth and put on the garment of praise!
Here’s what the Bible says…
Isaiah 35:3-10 NKJV
 Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees.  Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.  Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert.  The parched ground shall become a pool, And the thirsty land springs of water; In the habitation of jackals, where each lay, There shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
This is the revival of the Holy Spirit.
This is the outpouring that we are looking for.
This is the move of God.
Seeing captives set free.
Seeing blind eyes open.
Seeing people set on fire and experience the freedom of the Lord.
But he doesn’t move like this UNTIL…
Until we allow him to change us.
Until we allow him to fill us.
Until we allow him to put us on the right path.
Until we allow God to make us holy!
 A highway shall be there, and a road, And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, But it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, Shall not go astray.
If we are going to see God move, we have to seek God until he pours holiness into our life.
We must seek God until our desires change.
We must seek God until our mind changes.
We must seek God until our heart changes.
We are not to be caught up with the ideas of culture.
For us…EVERY SINGLE PERSON MATTERS.
For the church, no matter what color, or race…no matter when you were born…no matter what your current financial status…no matter your nationality…if you don’t know JESUS…You MATTER TO GOD!
LOST PEOPLE MATTER.
HURTING PEOPLE MATTER.
DISCOURAGED PEOPLE MATTER.
When holiness comes into your heart, PEOPLE MATTER PERIOD!
PEOPLE ARE THE HEARTBEAT OF GOD.
He longs to pull you into a place where “NO EVIL SHALL BEFALL YOU…”
He longs to take you to a place where “NO PLAGUE SHALL COME NEAR YOUR DWELLING…”
IT IS THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS.
 No lion shall be there, Nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; It shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there,  And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Walking in the path of God’s holiness not only brings revival, but it brings JOY!
Holiness will cause you to worship.
Holiness will make you know PEACE with God.
Holiness removes all FEAR.
Holiness equips you for battle.
Here’s the Word from the Lord…
- “I am laying out a highway for my people… I am calling my people to a life of holiness, not only repentance… But holiness.
- It is absolutely a holiness of separation.
- My people are to be separated from evil and sin, falsehood and lying, distraction and violence…
- My people are to be separate. But it is not only a holiness that marks what you are separated from, but it is a holiness of what you are separated unto.”
Here’s what we must understand…
We are called to be holy so that we might represent a holy God in the earth.
That by our JOY and PEACE, we might be a witness to the nations that don’t serve the Lord.
That there is something DIFFERENT inside of us.
That our life is ON FIRE and FULL OF PASSION for Jesus.
That by our spirit of worship, we might exemplify that there is a LIVING GOD who reigns supreme upon the throne of grace.
Holiness and worship go hand in hand.
When our life is not as it should be, we feel distance from the Lord.
It’s hard to press in.
It’s hard to lift up the Lord.
It’s hard to feel his presence.
But when we lay down our desires and fully give ourselves over to the Lord, he puts us on the highway of holiness.
A SOUND from heaven rushes into our soul.
Our mouth and our heart cannot help but lift up and worship him.
Joy becomes the hallmark of our gathering.
Freedom becomes the symbol of our life.
God moves in, demons move out, battles are won, deliverance happens,
Captives go free, the lost are found.
When the people of God GET ON THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS!
The Bible says…
Isaiah 62:8-12 NKJV
 The LORD has sworn by His right hand And by the arm of His strength: “Surely I will no longer give your grain As food for your enemies; And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, For which you have labored.  But those who have gathered it shall eat it, And praise the LORD; Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.”
Then he says THIS…
 Go through, Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; Build up, Build up the highway! Take out the stones, Lift up a banner for the peoples!
It’s time for the church to BUILD UP the highway!
QUIT worrying what people think about us and begin to seek out the Lord.
Quit worrying about being different…because we are CALLED to be different.
Quit worrying and start worshipping!
 Indeed the LORD has proclaimed To the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.'”  And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.
This God of ours calls us to be different in that we absolutely believe in HOPE.
Hope is not dead for our nation or even for the earth for that matter but we are called apart and separated out unto holiness to proclaim the hope of the world found in Jesus Christ!
There IS a Highway of holiness!
IF want the visitation of the Holy Spirit…
We must walk in THAT highway!
We must seek the Holy Ghost.
We must allow God to separate us out.
We must worship with abandon.
We must operate in freedom.
We must lift up the banner of Jesus.
We must not be ashamed or afraid.
We must love the lost.
We must love the hurting.
We must love the outcast.
We must pursue hard after God.
We must pray like it matters.
We must fight in the Spirit.
We must open our heart.
We must live in his word.
We must lay aside the filth.
We must put on the garment of praise instead of the spirit of heaviness!
When HOLINESS fills our life:
Joy will come.
Freedom will come.
Repentance will come.
Fire will come.
Revival will come.
Holy Spirit will come.
Visitation will come.