Friday, April 11, 2008

This is a previous post from my other blog, but I wanted to post it here also because I believe it has a very important message.

Passion For Personal Holiness

I want to share one the devotions that I read yesterday. It is from “Reflecting God: Devotions for Holy Living”. The scripture reference is 2 Tim. 2:20-21.

Being passionate for personal holiness is an attitude that develops in a person because they “seen God’s heart” on the issue of personl holiness (Isa. 1:1-8). How can a deeper passion to “cleanse ourselves” be developed?

First, realize that personal purity comes from living according to God’s Word (see Ps. 119:9). Second, memorize and meditate on God’s Word consistently so you do not sin (see Ps. 119:9). Third, realize that personal purtiy is not a once for all experience, but rather a daily discipline that requires keeping your body and mind under the Spirit’s control (see 1 cor. 9:27).

You cannot decide you will be pure for the rest of your life and then never think about it again. It is a daily passion you must nurture. Today, ask God to break your heart over the things that break His heart when He sees what is happening in our world. Get angry in your spirit at sin when you see it, but love the peole who are involved in it. Pray for them, “that they will come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil” (2 Tim. 2:26). “Cleanse yourself and become an instrument for noble purposes!”–Rev. larry McKain

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is found in 2 Timothy. It is chapter 2, verse 19, and it says: “But the firm foundation of God Stands, sure and unshaken, bearing this seal: The Lord knows those who are His, and Let everyone who names himself by the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it.”

We are called to live a holy life unto the Lord. So, please do not call yourself a Christian unless you are willing to imitate Christ. It is no small thing. You won’t fool the Lord, He knows who are His. You are only fooling yourself and that has severe consequenses for eternity.