I long for holiness. My desire is for holiness to settle down upon me, flowing freely from the Throne of Grace and flood my heart and soul.
I pray that holiness penetrates and saturates my entire being.
I long for righteousness. My desire is for righteousness to flow down from the rivers of heaven and fill me to overflowing.
The Lord is Holy, therefore I desire to be Holy.
He is righteousness, therefore I desire to be righteous.
He is merciful and I need mercy.
He is gracious and oh, I need His grace.
He is compassionate and I desperately need compassion.
He is salvation and I need a Savior!
He is majestic. Glorious. Faithful. Truth. Life.
In all His ways, He is holy and righteous.
In all my ways, I am lost and undone. I am nothing.
But, praise God, through Him and because of Him, we can sanctify ourselves and partake of His holiness.
Sanctification is being set apart for God’s service. It is the ongoing process of God’s grace by which we separate ourselves from sinful things and dedicate ourselves to the righteousness of God.
Holiness is being conformed to the will of God and to be like God. It is the result of being sanctified in Him. We can’t achieve holiness on our own but we CAN make choices that allow holiness and purity to be manifest in our lives.
We can only do this through Him and His Word. Galatians 5:24 tells us, “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires”.
This is telling us that those of us who belong to Christ are not slaves to our flesh, but that we should live and walk in the Spirit.
To achieve this, we must put aside our fleshly attitudes and ask God to purify our thoughts and our hearts. We walk closely with God in bible study, prayer and right living. We guard our hearts and our minds from worldly morals and values. We must allow the Holy Spirit to fill us and transform us.
“By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10)
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14)
As a Christian, living a sanctified life is an ongoing process. We are not perfect. We will mess up. We will need His mercy and grace in our lives on a daily basis! His Word tells us in Romans, that nothing good dwells in our flesh, but if Christ is in us, we have life because of His righteousness. Glory and Hallelujah!
I am so thankful that His mercies are new every morning. I am so thankful that He is patient and loving. I am thankful that I don’t have to do it on my own - because He lives in me, I have mercy, forgiveness and redemption.
Sanctifying grace is the breath of God. It restores relationships, imparts newness, perfects us in His image and equips us to be His hands and feet.
My challenge to myself and anyone who wants to join me, is to go facedown each morning, without fail. Facedown in humility. Facedown in surrender. Asking my precious Lord to give me the strength I need each day to live a life sanctified for Him. To live a life worthy of my calling. To live a life that is pleasing to Him.
“… that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God” (Colossians 4:12)
I long for holiness.
I long for righteousness.
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