I have missed writing this past month. The new book was out, Promises for Dynamic Living, and my life became overwhelming. Isn’t that Satan’s way? He gets into our lives and causes disruption and leads us to lose our focus. I was not lost, but became consumed with all the turmoil in my life and was not able to focus on writing and speaking out for God. I have been in prayer this last week that God would give me something new and different to restart my writing. I pray that what He has given me will be a blessing to you- I know it has been to me.
What does God desire for me? What doesn’t God want?
I was going over a list put out by Bible Study Fellowship for parents as they work with their children. Upon reflection I thought, I am a child of God and my heavenly Father wants these things for me too. I will be writing about these characterizes that God wants to see in our lives.
God desires Holiness. What is holiness? According to my online dictionary- holiness is a state or quality of being holy and being holy is godly, saintly, pious, devout, devoted to the service of God, set apart for God. Wow! How in the world can I be holy? The truth is “There is no one holy like the LORD, there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.” 1 Samuel 2:2. Yet God commands us in Leviticus 11:44 “be holy because I am holy.” Scripture tell us that the only way we can become righteous or holy is through our faith in Jesus. “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” Romans 3:22 It is through Jesus that we are cleansed and made righteous before God. ” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”1 John 1:9
What kind of life is one that is set apart for God? Our actions and thoughts need to reflect godly thinking. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8 to have these types of thoughts in our minds. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22 tells us to “Avoid every kind of evil.” One can only do this through prayer, study and obedience to God’s word. Psalm 119:9 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.” and 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
So keep praying, studying and memorizing God’s word, seek to apply Biblical thinking to your life each day, praise God for His strength in your life and the indwelling of His Holy Spirit that makes this possible through Jesus. Remember, “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
Later this week, I will tackle the opposite of holiness or what God definitely does not want to see in our lives. Stay tuned and pass the word.
The Home-training sheet I mentioned from Bible Study Fellowship is available on their website: http://www.bsfinternational.org