Many people think holiness is only for a certain few chosen ‘saints’, but this is not the truth. God has created each and every one of us for holiness.
I know it isn’t ‘cool’ these days for many people in the world to hear teaching about God, let alone Jesus. Mmmmmmm. Whether it’s cool or not, the fact is still that we are all empty, rattling tin cups when we look elsewhere for the thing our heart truly desires and was created for. Love.
‘You’re worth it’! You are that one sinner that heaven waits to rejoice over, whether you know it or not.
Please don’t wait ’til you’re faced with your mortality to contemplate this fact. Please don’t miss the entire lesson of your life here on earth – seeking God and growing in love. God is an atom bomb of love!
Being holy is having a relationship with the living God! Then we must daily live a set-apart life, not trying to “blend in” with the world, but instead living according to God’s Word as we study the Bible and grow in it — doing God’s will.
In 1 Peter 1: 15-16, Peter writes to believers, “like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.” not by coercion or out of duty like an abstract action but out of real love for God.
We have a relationship with the living God! Then we must daily live a set-apart life, not trying to “blend in” with the world, but instead living according to God’s Word as we study the Bible and grow in it — doing God’s will.
We set ourselves apart by showing our joy, our peace, and our love. All three of these things come fully only from Christ, and thus those who are set apart by Christ and for Christ should be able to exemplify them to those who are not yet in Christ, but still of the World. I believe 1 Peter 3:15 says this: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”
To be a Christian means far more than merely to believe in God—as if the Christian faith were reducible to a system of beliefs—it means to be united with Jesus in and through the Holy Spirit. “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me”, says Paul. Galatians 2:20. Elsewhere, Paul tells us that our lives are “hidden with Christ in God” Colossians 3:3 Passages like these convey the mysterious, yet utterly real fact that, by virtue of our union with Jesus, we participate in the life of God: He dwells in us, and we dwell in him.
Vassula Reydon received a host of messages from God, which she compiled in her notebooks, called True Life in God. The following excerpt come from her conversations with Jesus:
“Divine Works are beyond human understanding; many souls do not respond to My Works for these souls seldom want to change.”
“These souls are attached to the world, to what is material; even though they call themselves spiritual, they are not, since they cling on what they see with their physical eyes and touch with their body; they are stubborn, living aridly; their heart will not open to let My Divinity pour into them.”
“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. ” 1 Corinthians 2:14
“Yes, there are many factors that obstruct them from dwelling in My Light; I have said and will repeat again and again these very important words: “anyone who does not welcome the Kingdom of God like a little child, will never enter it”; be innocent, believe in a child-like-faith, then My Divine Light will encompass you and you, like a flower, will face the sun and open, allowing My Light to pour in you.” Message to Vassula: May 16, 1988
“Remember My Presence; do you know how much I desire this meditation upon My Presence? My Presence is also a very important Mystery that most of you seem to forget; meditate on My Presence; children, whom I love with an everlasting love, please Me by remembering My actual Presence; train yourselves by using these words, we, us, you and I, I and you, us; include Me in your activities, in your discussions and in your thoughts; respect My Presence, never forgetting that I am the Holy One; by remembering Me, you will sin less knowing and remembering that I Am with you.” October 24, 1988 Continue reading MEANING OF BEING HOLY