It is time for us to begin seeking a deeper and deeper relationship with our LORD. It is time for us to truly begin to know Him for who He is and begin to truly make that who we are. It is time for us to move into a more personal and more intimate relationship with the Creator of all - the only True and Living God.
How do we begin to do this? By starting to seek true holiness in our lives. We need to be unsatisfied in our spiritual walks. Unsatisfied to the point that it causes us to begin to dig deeper into His Word. To begin to search farther than we ever have before. Searching daily for a fresh revelation in His Word. Looking for nuggets of TRUTH that will feed our spirits.
The bible tells us in 1 Timothy 4 that we have to be nourished in the Word. That means we have to be feeding ourselves the precious scriptures. We have to be feasting on the God-breathed Word of God and allowing it to seep deep within our bones and settle. Planting it and watering it and allowing it to grow.
We have to open our ears to hear the Word spoken and then hide it within our hearts so it can begin to do a good work. We can't just hear and do nothing with it, we must take it and apply it to our lives so it can begin to change us into who He desires for us to be. We have to live out the TRUTH! Ponder on it and study it and allow the Holy Spirit to put it to work in us. Striving to be Holy as our God is Holy.
Holiness is not about following rules - it is about following Christ. It's about walking in the footsteps of the Holy. It's about obeying what His Word tells us to do. It's about knowing what Christ expects of us by reading the bible. He tells us clearly in the written Word how we are to behave if we are His children.
The more we allow Christ to dwell in our hearts and teach us and grow us, the more we realize just how far we have to go. The more we learn, the more we realize there is to learn. The more we seek, the more there is to seek. The closer we draw to our Lord, the farther away we realize we were. God takes us from strength to strength, teaching us along the way and helping us to grow step-by-step into who He saved us to be.
What does it mean to be Holy? To be spiritually pure. To be filled with TRUTH. To be devoted to the service of God. To be godly and devout in our behavior. To be like Him.
Holiness is about searching our hearts and confronting the impurities found within. It's about recognizing the things inside of us that don't bring glory and honor to Christ. It's about seeing the things that go against TRUTH and determining to turn them into TRUTH.
"Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may
stand in His Holy place? He who has clean hands and a
pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and
has not sworn deceitfully."
If there is deceit in our hearts, we can't find God. If there are lies where there should be TRUTH, we can't find God. How can we serve Him if our soul is unclean? It is time to walk through the furnace of TRUTH and allow the things that are lies and falsehoods to be burned away. To abide in the Holy place of Christ requires that we be honest and TRUTHful. TRUTHfulness leads to Holiness every time.
May we have a zeal for TRUTH as we pursue a life of Holiness in Christ! As we search God's heart, we will find TRUTH and in the process we will find our own hearts as well. As we find Him, we discover ourselves. We begin to see our hearts in the light of His heart and TRUTH is revealed. No condemnation, but a chance to confess and repent so we can be cleansed and forgiven. And then we will be delivered from the power of sin and deception.
As we begin striving for TRUTH, the striving for Holiness follows. Let's allow the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and reveal our sinful nature and less than truthful ways. Allow His TRUTH to penetrate us so we can begin making the necessary changes in our lives and in our hearts and in our spirits to truly pursue a life of Holiness. He is worthy.