Holiness of Heart

When you want God’s approval, blessings and provision, it comes at a cost. When you want to be used of God to further His Kingdom, there are some necessary kingdom requirements that have to be met in order for all the blessings to flow. Myself, nor anybody else cannot be what God intended for us to be here on this earth, unless we make every effort to live in the Spirit of God, which is holiness.

First off, sin and holiness, are like oil and water. They don’t mix. Try as we may, they don’t. When I say “holiness”, I’m not talking about external holiness. I’m not talking about dressing up in a way to show the world that you are not of it. It’s not a way for other people to see us from a distance and say to themselves, “oh my, look at those oddly dressed religious people. I think I want to be like them”. No. I am talking about inward holiness. Inward God likeness. Holiness of the heart. This is what God is after. This inward holiness will present the light which will have the power. There will be physical manifestation when inward holiness is present. Why? Because that is where God dwells.

Now, there is a danger that comes with living a life of holiness. What is that? PRIDE. Yes, getting to a place where you think you have arrived in your walk with God. A place where you think very few have been, nor will go. If this thinking is operating, a for sure “holier-than-thou” attitude is very evident. True Godlike holiness is bathed in humility. It is bathed in God’s love. It’s not “puffed up”. It does not have a “self-righteous” air about it. If it’s true, it with spring forth as light, wrapped in humility and love. Thus, it will be genuine. Even the sinner will know if it’s counterfeit. Actually, he or she, would be the best judge of it. Those who would be coming from a non-religious back ground would have the best non-bias lens from which to view.

What are just a few principles of holiness that are scriptural based?

Are we conforming? We all are. The question is, to who and or to what. What about conforming ourselves to former lusts? What do I mean? In our walk with God, we will be temped to go back, or return to former lusts. Just a slight drift off course, will find oneself gravitated towards desires of the old nature, the previous man. Thus, “former lusts”. Maybe, before coming to Christ, you lusted after money. Maybe it was men or women. Or how about alcohol or drugs. Whatever they were, they were lusts.

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but 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.” (1Pet.1:13-16)

It all comes down to either, God’s ways or the worlds ways (which of course is Satan’s way).

“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your rational service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Rom.12:1-2)

In these two above scriptural references , there is something that stands out. Something we are going to have to DO. It has to do with our minds. “girding up our mind, and renewing our mind”. Changing the way we are going or changing the direction in which we are headed. How? By grabbing a hold of our minds, and renewing them. This of course can only be done by God’s grace. The old adage, “we are what we think” is true. So, our thinking has to be changed. We would need a renewed thinking, by the grace of God. Our thought life has to be always in check. Continual inventory must take place in order for a progressive walk with God to happen.

“Girding up our mind” has to do with some tough discipline. It’s hard work. It’s tough love for God. It’s not a “mushy” type of love that makes it happen. It’s liken to working out at the gym. Hard discipline produces the results. A “gotta want to” must be active in the believer for this to take place.

“Renewing our mind” is a moment by moment process that takes place throughout the day. Filling our mind with scriptures is a solid way to fight this battle of renewing. Listening to good strong Christian music helps also. Something that has some substance to it. Again, we are what we fill our minds with. “Trash in, trash out”, “junk in, junk out”. It’s just the way it is.

Like I started out with saying, do we want God’s approval? Do we want His blessings? How about His provision? Do we want to be used in His Kingdom and have His power flow through us to be affective for Him?

It comes at a cost. The cost is Holiness. Holiness of Heart, which produces Holy thoughts, Holy words, and Holy actions. Without it, we can’t see the Lord.

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2 Responses to “Holiness of Heart”

  1. Loretta Says:

    Thank you for this word Richard, I shall ponder.
    love, Loretta

  2. Richard Says:

    Thanks Loretta, may you be blessed

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