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Soaring Into A Life of Holiness

I’m in a bit of a serious place today regarding the higher direction GOD is moving me towards.

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 …

Holiness” by Micah Stampley!

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.

As  Christians our concern should not be how close can I get to sin ( without it being a problem)? But instead we should ask, “How far can I get away from sin and live a life of holiness”?

GOD desires a life of “Holiness” for His people. And the bible clearly states this in 1 Peter 2:9

1 Peter 2:9 (New Living Translation)

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.

Holy means…

 

1.

specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated: holy ground.
2.

dedicated or devoted to the service of god, the church, or religion: a holy man.
3.

saintly; godly; pious; devout: a holy life.
4.

having a spiritually pure quality: a holy love.
Living a life of holiness is not a burden that GOD imposes upon us but instead it is an impartation of HIS very Spirit!.

It is our sin in many different forms that separates us from GOD!
There are things, people and situations that  may be permissible but they are no longer beneficial!
In order to walk in holiness we learn to desire only that which is beneficial to God’s glory:-)
Perhaps it’s time to go through the closet of  our lives and carefully consider some of  our possessions.
When going through our valuables let us  ask the Holy Spirit how HE feels about such and such or so and so remaining a central fixture in our lives.
For instance in my life I need to really go through the movies on our shelves that have been purchased over the years. Many of them no longer serve me. Perhaps they were entertaining and enjoyable at a different point in my life but now when I sit down to watch many of them I walk away having “grieved” The Holy Spirit that lives on the inside of me.
Sadly most of the things that are promoted through  media these days does NOT glorify GOD in any form.
With this being the case; Why do we as believers in Jesus Christ enjoy these things so much?
Are we loving the world? Or having a form of Godliness and then denying HIS power?
Are we desiring and embracing Christ as a Savior but not honoring HIM as our Lord and Master?
A life of Holiness means a life dedicated to the service of God!
This is not just a calling placed on a Pastor’s life. God has called HIS entire body to be holy!

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.

 

Matthew 1:18 (New Living Translation)

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!

 

Man’s Original Blessedness

My Dearest Heavenly Father,
  
You are everything and the Author ( Alpha) and finisher (Omega) of my faith!
Thank you for entrusting me with your “Word”. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight. Bless every heart that encounters theses online studies and always prosper your “Word”.
  
In Jesus name we pray…
  
Amen! 
  
  
  
Genesis 2:1-25 (Today’s Reading Verses)
  
Highlighted Vesese for today’s discussion  (Genesis 2:15-22)
  
My Thoughts and Commentary :
  
God created Adam for purposeful and meaningful work. This is why he was placed in the garden!
When GOD  blesses us with increase we are expected to take good care of it or to be good stewards. We are not to take an attitude of ownership of the gifts that GOD bestows upon us but instead we are to love and appreciate the giver of these blessings even more than before. 
  
God commanded, or told Adam what he was to do in his new home. God said ” You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of knowledge of Good and Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree you’re dead.”
  
The woman was there with the man from the start as GOD created him, but at first GOD choose to allow her to live within Adam. But as Adam named everything else he became aware of the fact that he lacked a companion as the other animals had. 
  
Do you see how our GOD helps us to become aware of a need (inside of ourselves) before providing an objective/outer solution to our longing? Adam had to discover for himself that he was better off sharing his life with a companion.
  
Adam knew he had come from GOD and that he had “dominion” over the other life forms and the ground or Earth herself but within his new found companion “Eve” he now felt he belonged to a community and this expanded or made him fruitful in his soul because he was able to share his, love life and world with his “wife”.
  
intimacy Means allowing one to see into you. Genesis chapter 2 verse 25 reads.
  
The two of them, the man and his Wife, were naked, but they felt no shame. Naked means in every way, not just physically.
  
Takeaway Study points:  

 

  

  

  • What are some of the joys and frustrations of marriage?
  • What makes forbidden things so tempting?  
  • What did God put in the middle of the Garden of Eden? (2:9)
  • What did God say was not good? (2:18)

 

 

  • How did God create woman, and what was Adam’s response to her? (2:21-23)
  • What would be the result of man becoming united with his wife? (2:24)
  • What is one thing you can do to improve your relationship with your spouse or a good friend? 

 

 For our next bible study; our reading and Study reference” The Message Bible” will take us  to the book of JOHN so that we can began to tie our learning of the Old Testament foundations into our New Testament revelations. A through knowledge of both is necessary and essential to being able to properly discern the “Word” of GOD. 

Then we will come back to Genesis for chapters 3 and 4 before once again jumping to the New Testament in the book of JOHN.
 

Learning To “Discern” The “Voice and Will of GOD” In Your Life

I love communicating with people, it is one of the ways I am able to process much of what I learn.
 
Yesterday, I spoke with a family member and it became crystal clear to me in the middle of this conversation why we all struggle with knowing what is truly on God’s mind as it pertains to our lives.
 
We like to think of ourselves as GODLY men and women.  However, very often we use GOD’s name but we deny HIS Lordship in our lives. 

GODLINESS

Piety or reverence toward God (1 Tim 2:2). Godliness means more than religious profession and a godly conduct; it also means the reality and power of a vital union with God.

Jesus knew the Will of His Father in heaven because HE was one with the Father.
 
Are we working towards being at one with Christ?
 
It seems to me we are very okay with having Christ as our Savior but we don’t want to turn over the “captain’s” seat to HIM. 

SAVIOR

A person who rescues others from evil, danger, or destruction. The Old Testament viewed God Himself as the Savior: “There is no other God besides Me, a just God and a Savior” (Isa 45:21). Because God is the source of salvation, He sent human deliverers to rescue His people, Israel (Ps 106:21; Isa 43:3,11). This word was also used to describe the judges of Israel, those “saviors” or “deliverers” who rescued God’s people from oppression by their enemies (Judg 3:9,15).

In the New Testament the word for savior describes both God the Father (1 Tim 1:1; Jude 25) and Jesus Christ the Son (Acts 5:31; Phil 3:20). The apostles rejoiced that in Christ, God had become the “Savior of all men” (1 Tim 4:10). He was the Savior of Gentiles as well as Jews. As Christians, we are exhorted to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

 
Do any of you remember, the song by Janet Jackson back in 1985 or 86 “Control”?
 
The bridge of that song is song like this…
 
I’m in control, now I’ve got a lot
 
I’m in control, to get what I want.
 
I’m in control, never gonna stop.
 
I’m in control, now that I’m all grown up.
 
Free, at last!  
 
That was one of my favorite songs, back then! 
 
Our own quest for power is one of the main reasons and ways we deny HIS Lordship.
 
POWER

The ability or strength to perform an activity or deed. Power is sometimes used with the word authority. If power suggests physical strength, authority suggests a moral right or privilege. One can have power to perform a task but not authority to do it. Jesus Christ had both power and authority (Luke 4:36), and He bestowed these upon His followers (Luke 10:19).

My taste in music has changed considerably since turning my life over to Christ and getting to know HIS love and power has been a deeply engaging process for me and my surrender to HIM has been sweeter than I ever thought a transfer of power could be
 
How else do we deny His Lordship?
 
By bowing to other powers and principalities.
 
Let me tell you “Who” God is…
 Jehovah/Yahweh. One of the most important names for God in the Old Testament is Yahweh, or Jehovah, from the verb “to be,” meaning simply but profoundly, “I am who I am,” and “I will be who I will be.” The four-letter Hebrew word YHWH was the name by which God revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush (Ex 3:14). This bush was a vivid symbol of the inexhaustible dynamism of God who burns like a fire with love and righteousness, yet remains the same and never diminishes. Some English translations of the Bible translate the word as Jehovah, while others use Yahweh.

God is the author of life and salvation. His “I am” expresses the fact that He is the infinite and original personal God who is behind everything and to whom everything must finally be traced. This name, “I am who I am,” signals the truth that nothing else defines who God is but God Himself. What He says and does is who He is. The inspired Scriptures are the infallible guide to understanding who God is by what He says about Himself and what He does. Yahweh is the all-powerful and sovereign God who alone defines Himself and establishes truth for His creatures and works for their salvation.

 
As I have studied nutrition over the years (from worldly sources) and gained knowledge; it was not until I brought what I had learned to HIM did I begin to gain understanding and proper application of the knowledge I had obtained. I am totally into how HE tells me things in our quite time together and when I go and research those things, they always turn out to be true!!  
 
So, I have learned that HE is the authority or power that I seek first in every department of life (even on matters such as nutrition).
 
I bow to what HE tells me about how to feed my body and not to some other power or principality (over HIS Word to me).
 
When we are faced with  important decisions most often the first voice in our hearts that speaks is our own.
 
You may be thinking ” so what is wrong with that”?
 
The problem with listening to our own inner voice is that it is a jambalaya of different things we have pick-up over the years and most of what we have “learned” is not biblically based.
 
Any information that you pick-up along the way has to be taken by the “Master” to discern what is useable by HIM and is not a hinderance to the plan that HE has for your life.
 
It is this jambalaya of stray ideas that fights against the true promptings of the Holy Spirit.
 
Many of the things we engage in feed our “souls” appetites but not our spirit.
 
Only the Word of GOD can feed your spirit.
 
WORD OF GOD 

The means by which God makes Himself known, declares His will, and brings about His purposes. The phrases such as word of God, and word of the Lord are applied to the commanding word of God that brought creation into existence (Gen 1; 2 Peter 3:5) and also destroyed that same world through the waters of the Flood (2 Peter 3:6); to God’s announcement of an impending or future act of judgment (Ex 9:20-21; 1 Kings 2:27); to the word that declares God’s commitment and promises His blessing (Gen 15:1,4); and to a particular instruction from God (Josh 8:27).

God’s word is the primary means by which He is present and working in the world. He is not Himself part of this world, but He acts in it by means of His word. He becomes personally known through His word (1 Sam 3:21). His word is powerfully creative (Ezek 37:4) and its purposes are irresistible (Isa 55:11; Jer 23:29). God’s word is totally dependable; it represents His permanent commitment (Isa 40:8). When heard and responded to, His word meets deep needs in the human heart and provides joy, satisfaction, and confident direction which can be achieved in no other manner (Deut 8:3; Ps 119:162; Jer 15:16). God’s word has the power to penetrate all pretense and discern “the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb 4:12).

 
When we make choices outside of GOD, we will most always choose what is easiest or most  convenient from some perspective.
 
There are reasons that extend beyond martyrdom for taking the long way around (at least  from GOD’s perspective).
 
In most cases, it will have to do with building your character and your faith in HIM.
 
GOD always promotes based on our characters and our willingness to bow to HIM and serve.
 
Our lessons and trials and taking the long way around purge us of fear, which is the opposite of faith!
 
Fear acts as a buffer and conceals “truth” and revelations that The Holy Spirit wants to impart in our lives.  
 
As disciples of Jesus Christ right and wrong are clearly defined but doing what is righteous in the eyes and heart of GOD will not feel good or right to our fleshy thinking and its drives and urges. 
 
As we spend time in GOD’s Word daily and get to know His very essence through HIS words, we will begin to experience HIS righteousness as we have none outside of HIM. Our sense of right and wrong is usually very subjective, thus controlled by our feelings and past experiences. We are righteous, when we stand with GOD’s opinion. This leads to a lifestyle of praise and worship.
 
 
 
Jennifer Boddie
 
 

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