Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Word Filled Wednesday

Today is Word Filled Wednesday where we can fill our hearts with the Word of God in verse and picture. What a great mid week pick me up!


My heart has been stirred this week thinking about "Holiness". What a big word with a meaning that is sometimes hard to grasp. We serve a holy God, who has called us to be holy. Holiness scares me because there is nothing holy in me by myself. Holiness penetrates to the depth of our heart and influences every thought, word and action we take. When I think of the sacredness of holiness, it makes me shutter.

But as I read what God's Word says about holiness, it becomes clear that in ourselves, there is nothing holy, but God has created us anew and is guiding us in the path of holiness. Here are a few verses that share about the holiness we can partake in:

Ephesians 4:24
and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

1 Thessalonians 3:13
so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.

1 Thessalonians 4:7
For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.

Hebrews 12:14
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

Holiness is God's will for us. Holiness is God's standard. Holiness is pursued by keeping our minds and bodies pure, by watching what enters our hearts through our eyes, ears and mouth (words). Holiness can be tough and may deem telling ourselves no to seemingly good pleasures which are really not good for us. But we can pursue holiness and God's grace is sufficient to lead us in the right paths. Striving for holiness is a journey, moment by moment, thought by thought, word by word and action by action. God has gifted us with His Holy Spirit who lives in each Christian. The work of the Holy Spirit stirs us toward holiness, leads and guides us. May we be adorned with the beauty of holiness today in all that we do.


12 comments:

  1. We're learning all about Holiness in our Ladies' Bible study -- working through James Macdonald's "DOWNPOUR" (Google Books has a preview).

    Good stuff! :)

    Happy WFW!

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  2. I agree with what you said about striving for holiness being a journey. We will never be perfect. But we can choose to live lives that are holy and God-focused.

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  3. What a great verse reminding us to be live holy lives!

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Ashley

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  4. May we try to strive daily for his holiness

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  5. Thanks so much for the reminder today...the call to holiness is for all of us....

    simply beautiful image too!

    peace,
    lori

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  6. This was great. God is truly calling us to a life of holiness.

    A word we should hear A LOT more of for sure.

    Hope you're having a blessed day♥

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  7. Excellent call to holiness through the Scriptures and through this post! Great pic, too. Happy WFW!

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  8. Wow! Great WFW. It makes me shutter too- His holiness!

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  9. Thanks for sharing-great scipture, picture and thoughts. Much to meditate upon

    Seeking Holiness
    Willnette

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