Things we need to know about being Holy

Holiness is one of the defining points of God’s people. Edom is represented by stubble, while Israel is represented by fire. God’s people are to be consumed and marked by the fire of God’s holiness so that the stubble of pride, deception, greed, betrayal, and rebellion can be burned up and overcome in our lives. God desires that we walk in the full possession of our inheritance in Him.

Colossians 3:1-17 tells us that relationships often prove to be the crucible in which our godliness is tested. Colossians challenges us to bring the life and character of Christ into the way we relate to others. Drawing strength from the power and might of His glory, we must remove and discard our old ways of living and relating. God has made us new creations in Christ; let us be continually renewed to live and love in a manner worthy of our Lord. So we should put on love, and from the core of our being, be tender, merciful, humble, patient, and forgiving in all relationships. We should let the peace of Christ control our thoughts and emotions, and be thankful, study, think about, memorize, believe and live the Word of God so that it becomes part of who we are. Let the Word inhabit your conversation with others and your worship of God. Devote yourself to Jesus and to knowing God’s Word.

Dear God, please help me to seek and pursue holiness and welcome the fire of Your holiness in my life. In Your mercy God, please burn up the dry and lifeless or activity that You consider stubble in my life.  Help me understand that You want me to live in holiness so that  I will be able to possess fully all that You have for me (I Corinthians 3:12-15).

Just wanted to say something about pride. It being the opposite of humility, can strike at any time if we do not take time to be Holy as He is Holy. Because of my pride, I made a terrible mistake. I want to share with you what happened. I saw the chance to get dental implants so I was thinking about how much better I would look with them. While there’s nothing wrong with that per say, it becomes wrong when you make it your focus. I hated the way I looked, and didn’t bother to think about this or to pray about this before I did it. I know that I should have at least prayed about it.

When we make quick decisions instead of praying about it, it usually results in sin because we have to rush into something without thinking. So I did all the thinking afterwards which was a little too late. I ended up in the hospital because of an infection that somehow got into the bloodstream. I was septic and the Dr’s in ER said I was lucky to come in when I did. They said I would have died in four hours. I had several problems associated with this that caused me to stay in the hospital for 16 days. After I got home from the hospital, it took 2 months to recover. It was almost like God was saying to me….”Do I have your attention now?”  OK, let me be clear on this. I know God did not do this to me, He allowed it to happen just like He allowed bad things to happen to Job. I had been so busy all the time doing the yard, in fact I spent more time doing the yard than anything else.

Pastor Paul Wilkerson came to visit me in the hospital and I was telling him that I thought maybe God was telling me that I was doing too much and wouldn’t let anyone help me, so now I have no choice. He asked me if I thought I was better than everyone else, so I just replied, yeah…..I never really thought that, but when he asked, I guess because I thought if I wanted something done right, I had to do it myself.  Later, I wanted to call him and tell him I didn’t really mean that, but truth is I wouldn’t let anyone help, then I thought about what it says in Philippians 2:1-3 1)Therefore if you have any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2)then make my joy complete by being of one mind, having the same love, being united in spirit and purpose. 3)Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves.

Doing the yard took up all of my time, so I realized I had to change things. I had to spend time talking to God through prayer and reading His Word.  I needed to have a closer relationship with God. I knew that more than anything else, God seeks an intimate relationship with us, but I just didn’t take the time, and now I had all the time in the world…..I realized now that I didn’t take the time to be Holy, when the Bible clearly says, “Be Holy, for I am Holy”

1 Peter 1:15-16 New International Version (NIV)
15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

4 thoughts on “Things we need to know about being Holy

  1. Thanks for sharing your example of God’s grace as He teaches us and uses all the experiences in our lives to make us Holy. These painful times of learning to follow His will are not unlike the painful times we experience even as toddlers and youngsters who learn from our earthy parents, good and helpful boundaries, meant to make our lives better. We are His children and will grow in His likeness day by day. There is joy to be found when revelation comes as we see God’s goodness in lovingly redirecting our steps or plucking out a weed here and there! God bless you. Love, Mary

  2. Reblogged this on sandy229's Blog and commented:

    I edited this because I wanted to make it clear that God did not do this to me, He allowed it to happen just like He did with Job when Satan did all those things to Job. Satan cannot do anything to us unless he has God’s permission, but God allowed this to help me realize what I was doing.

  3. I get what you are sharing Sandy. I always understood you were sharing what God revealed to you and not what He did to you. Today, in my morning time with God, it was revealed to me that while born-again believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, no believer is controlled by the Holy Spirit 100% of the time as Jesus was, and we all will walk in the flesh from time to time until Heaven. How wonderful and loving is our Father to allow us our momentary fleshly desires, while guiding us back to Him and His ways, without ever leaving us or abandoning us. We are not un-dwelt, just free to make choices, both pleasing and unpleasing to Him, yet all beneficial when under God’s watchful, perfect and loving ways. I thank you again for your honesty and willingness to share what God has done inside your heart and also your heartfelt plea for holiness and rightness before God. I suspect in His eyes, your smile is more radiant than ever because He doesn’t see the work that needs doing but the end result …….. which is so lovely. God bless you good my friend. Love, Mary

  4. Thank you Mary! It’s comforting to know we are a work in progress, and our sinful nature can be changed by listening to the prompting’s of the Holy Spirit.I am so very thankful for your friendship that God has given me, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t do it on our own, we need this relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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