H is for Holy
Holy: Whole, entire or perfect, in a moral sense. Pure in heart, free from sin
When we think of God we think of holiness. He is the standard. He can’t be any less than absolutely good, pure, and completely without sin. When we think of man we often think of sinfulness and brokenness. Which is true and on our own, no matter how hard we try we can’t achieve holiness. But God.
Because of Jesus death, holiness is obtainable. You can be holy. “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” 2 Tim. 1:19.
You can be holy.
Holy living requires wise choices on our part. We need to set our minds on the truths of God’s word and allow those truths to change our hearts and actions. Praying Scripture unleashes God’s power, enabling us to live a life of holiness. “We are 100 percent responsible for the pursuit of holiness, but at the same time we are 100 percent dependent upon the Holy Spirit to enable us in that pursuit. The pursuit of holiness is not a pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps approach to the Christian life.” Jerry Bridges.
Does that mean you won’t ever sin? Unfortunately, no. While here on earth we still have a sin nature. We won’t be sinless but we should be sinning-less. A person who is striving for a holy life will confess his sin quickly and restore the relationship with God. I’m so thankful for God’s grace because like Paul (Rom 7:15-20) I find I do what I don’t want to more than I would want to.
Praying Scripture unleashes God’s power, enabling us to live a life of holiness.
“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16
“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Cor. 7:1
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” Psalms 119:9
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Rom. 12:1
Until Jesus came into my life I never would have used that adjective to describe me. It’s still a Lord I believe help my unbelief thing. Excellent post! I love your pics and videos. I watched the skit guys one on grace this morning. So nice to have them where I can get them. Thank you.
I agree – it is hard for me to see myself as holy too. But God, being outside of time sees us past, present and future all at once and all covered by Jesus’ blood. Amazing grace!