I guess sometimes in some part of my brain I want to take little vacations and not be fully responsible for all my choices.
As I read my bible daily I noticed that GOD would question the ancient Israelite’s for any choices that they made that were outside of HIS Will. So since that course of action did not work for the children of Israel I’m sure that it will not work-out well for me either.
Yes we live in the dispensation of grace and not under the law such as in the Old Testament but sowing and reaping still apply. I see it in action each spring when I plant seeds in our backyard garden! But it also applies to the gardens of our lives:-)
You see I am a dedicated vessel unto The Lord Jesus Christ. I am bought through the price of HIS blood and I can not just do as I will.
HE has a plan and purpose for my life and HIS standards for me are much higher than my own devoid of HIM.
But then if you are a believer in Jesus Christ His standards for you are high as well!
These high standards would scare me silly if I did not understand that it is not by my power that I will ever live up to any of God’s dreams for my life.
Hosea 1:7 (New Living Translation)
7 But I will show love to the people of Judah. I will free them from their enemies—not with weapons and armies or horses and charioteers, but by my power as the Lord their God.”
One of my favorite worship songs is …
It starts off stating.
Holiness, holiness is what I long for. Holiness is what I need!
Pastor Mike of Focal Point Ministries confirmed something that God had already been “dealing” with me on.
GOD desires a life of “Holiness” for His people. And the bible clearly states this in 1 Peter 2:9
9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,[a] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
Leviticus 20:7 (New Living Translation)
7 So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I am the Lord your God.
A life of holiness requires careful attention to all the details that make our world.
It is through God’s love for us and then this love returned to HIM that walking out a life of holiness becomes a joy and pure pleasure and form of worship to HIM!
We have HIS Spirit to instruct us in all things and this includes lessons on how to live a live of holiness:-)
Let’s look at how powerful having the Holy Spirit is.
The Birth of Jesus the Messiah
18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is powerful enough to over-shadow a woman and give her a child without having known a man!
I just know that The Holy Spirit can instruct us and overshadow and clothe us with “Holiness” all we have to do is say yes to HIS Will and yes to HIS Ways. I want a soul that says … YES to GOD in every way!
Here is Micah Stampley’s Holiness I hope you enjoy this song at least half as much as I do!
- The Characteristics Of The Holy Spirit. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)