Are You Growing in Personal Holiness and Grace?
Genuine Growth Only Occurs Through the Power of the Holy Spirit
by Veritas Vita 777
What does holiness mean to you? The dictionary describes holiness as “the state of being holy; a life of holiness and total devotion to God; sanctification; godliness.” When I think of the word holiness, that can be a bit intimidating. Does God expect me to be holy through my own power? No. You and I can only grow in holiness and grace through the power of God working in our lives.
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify[a] you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (I Thess. 5:23-24, NKJV)
You can see in Paul’s blessing and admonition at the end of I Thessalonians that God will sanctify the believer. He further continues that it’s his hope for the believer that the God of peace Himself would sanctify them completely in their whole spirit, soul, and body – that the believer would be preserved blameless at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Just for clarification, the word blameless here does not mean sinless. Rather, it means that you would be free from reproach or regret in your life – because you chose to daily commit to seeking God’s Kingdom in your life instead of seeking your own will – and simply using salvation as fire insurance.
I love how this blessing and admonition closes out. He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it. God is faithful. I have seen Him at work in my life through the years. Sometimes when I sit and mediate on God’s faithfulness to me – and at times my lack of faithfulness to Him – that makes me sad. Yet, I am thankful that God’s grace is powerful and always at work in my life as well.
Watchman Nee said, “God cuts short our old, self-willed nature to make way for our new nature in Christ, which works in willing cooperation with Him.” That’s a beautiful thing how as a believer, you now have a new nature in Christ. That new nature is working in willing cooperation with God. However, you need to discipline yourself to grow in your relationship with the Lord. That is where the real work is done – making the decision one day at a time to foster a beautiful communion with God.
Are you growing in personal holiness and grace?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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