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A Thought for the Day--Be Holy as God Is Holy
September 19, 2008
"...as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, 'Be holy, for I am holy.'" (1 Peter 1:15-16 NKJ)
God is holy; He loves to do what is right. He loves to live in a place where those with Him love to do what is right. Heaven, where He dwells, is such a place. He created His world to be such a place. God in His holiness removes all that is in opposition to Him, so that He can maintain His place as a holy place. He loves people. He wants people to know He loves them and wants them to live in a place where there is no evil and where His will is received and followed. He wants us to be holy, like Him, so we live in harmony with Him and with each other.
Because of sin, we do not always think that being holy is good or possible. There are spirits in this world that like to sin; they want us to be like them. When Adam sinned he welcomed them into the world. Now the world system tells us that we need to have a little bit of sin in our lives in order to be happy. The world tells us that we need to enjoy the pleasures of sin and to watch and participate with those who want to live in this way. The spirits of this world have deceived and deluded us into thinking that their way of living is better than God's way.
BUT GOD knows the absolute joy of being holy. He wants this for us. He is longsuffering, patiently revealing Himself and His ways to us. He is merciful, believing that we will want, receive and manifest His plan and ways to make us holy as He is holy, so others can know the joy of being holy as God is holy.
God provided the way of removing our unholy ways from us, through the cross of Jesus. He now can impart His holy ways into us through Christ, and energize them through the power of His Holy Spirit, and enable us to live in His kingdom NOW. By living in the continual flow of the Spirit of God into and through us, we can live in Christ and His ways, so that we can be holy as He is holy. The Bible says, "...those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:17 NKJ).
As we behold Jesus, seeing Him filled with glory and power for us, we can be partakers of the Divine Power of God, to walk in His Spirit and not fulfill the desires of our flesh (Galatians 5:16). God, who is holy, can and will impart His holy nature into us, making us holy as He is holy. We are receiving a kingdom from Him. He calls us to be holy. He calls us saints (holy ones). Christ is commissioned by God to do this for us. The world will know that Jesus has come when God unites us with Himself, so that we want what He wants and do what He has given us to do. Our holy God is able to make us holy so we can function in His holiness and release His holy ways to others, so they too can know the joy of being holy as God is holy.
Father, we rejoice in Your holiness. We worship and adore You and the ways You are because of Your holiness. We rejoice in Your desire and commitment to us to make us holy as You are holy, in Christ and through Christ. Help us to receive and release Your Holy Spirit daily into all of our being and life. Amen.
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