Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | March 4, 2010

Fresh Wave of God’s Holiness

I have always had a thing for books…words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, essays, blogs, posts…. and the like! Is it any wonder I majored in English in college? Though I have taught a bit of that (English in elementary, middle school, high school, college, and now tutoring) over the years, it is not where my HEART abides. GOD alone is the STRENGTH and PURPOSE of my HEART!

As a little girl growing up in the Baptist Church in a small middle Georgia town, I was very “taken” by TWO books…the Bible and Hymnals! They both had my attention, and they fascinated me to no end! I knew they were “special”…but it took many years to unveil some of the “mysteries and secrets” found in their pages! I am still seeking…still learning…and am CONVINCED that we are all life-long learners concerning the things of God and His Kingdom!

I do remember that Song #1…the very FIRST one in the Broadman Hymnal….was “Holy, Holy, Holy”! I was in AWE of it…and I was hooked! I just knew that must be something SPECIAL! Then, later, I found another one called “Take Time to be HOLY”, and that got my interest even more. One day I was reading in that “other” Book, the HOLY BIBLE…and I saw in 1 Peter 1:13-16 these words: “Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to your 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.”

I wasn’t too sure, as a little girl, about all that “girding up your loins, be sober, and former lusts stuff”...but I did fix my attention on the HOLY part! And I have never lost my interest and longing to fulfill those words. Now, you ask…have you done that, Sandy? ARE you HOLY? Well, by HIS Grace, I am…but I DO have to work on my “mind” and my behavior as all of us do…day by day! To walk it out in any measure…I DO have to “take time” to seek Him, to learn His ways (which ARE ALL HOLY), and to not only meditate on Holiness, Truth, and the Presence of God…but PRACTICE those things, one day, one step at a time…with HIS GRACE and HIS HELP!

Jesus did not die on the Cross for us to be “religious”…but for us to BE REAL! REAL in HIS REALITY…which is a HOLINESS of spirit, soul (mind, emotions, and will), and body. It takes a willingness, a humility, an effort, and a surrendered clinging to HIM to attain ANY of it. But our God would not have spoken the above “Be Holy, for I am Holy!” if He did not mean it nor provide a way whereby we could attain to it! Think of it! He is a Being of His Word…and He “says what He means…and means what He says”…unlike His human creation which speaks out of both sides of his or her mouth! God is OTHER THAN us; He is different…AND a BEING of HIS WORD, as I said.

His thoughts and His Ways are” higher than our thoughts and ways”…(Isaiah 55:8-11), but He calls us OUT of ours…and into HIS! So He provides a way, (Ironically, HE IS THE WAY! John 14:6); …we are but to follow! (Matthew 9:9, John 12:26)

For the past 10 years I have been an online writer about this and similar subjects and have evolved in that genre through life’s experiences, much prayer, study, worship, fellowship with like minded ones…and ALSO through the many venues the internet makes available. I have been on Yahoo Groups, InJesus.com, MySpace, WordPress, and now….I find myself on FACEbook! How to “blog” there? Well…all I can see is through the NOTES section! So a fresh attempt to write out my heart is made there.  I have not written much on InJesus.com this past year due to a transition and learning new online formats, but I will transfer them to this venue for the readers that still remain here.

In the past…I have only written in what I would term “safe” groups of like minded Christian people. Those who, by their very membership to that particular group, expect to read about such things. On Facebook…I find a collection of family, old friends from elementary and high school, college, young marrieds, twenty-somethings and thirty somethings….people from several church denominations and many diverse generations later…and I am attempting to write, in part, about HOLINESS to a very diverse group of people.

Well…people have the free will to CHOOSE to read it…or not read it! No hurt feelings here. All I am to do is to write it…”put it on the table”. The Father gives it to me to SERVE…I put it out there…and people can CHOOSE to do what they will with it. That is between them…and HIM. My assignment is just SERVE it!  AND…only when HE moves me to do so! Some of these “dishes” will come frequently..and some will take their time in the “oven”. On the table when they are “ready”!

I, of course, am not the only servant He has and nor am I the only one to be very fascinated by this HOT TOPIC!!!! I want to suggest a 14 year old book on the topic (for those who are interested) that goes into much depth on the specifics of the title: HOLINESS, TRUTH, and the PRESENCE OF GOD! Written by a Pastor in Iowa…Francis Frangipane, I can say it is one of my TOP 10 FAVs of all time! The subtitle is very captivating: “A Powerful, Penetrating Study of the Human Heart and How God Prepares It for His Glory!” WHAT A REAL CONCEPT!!! Chew on that one for a while!

ANYWAY! You will begin to see more posts from time to time on the subject of Holiness! You will begin to understand (in case you don’t already know it) that a “Holy Person is an Humble Person”…that Humility PRECEDES Holiness, for Humility is the substructure of CHANGE…the essence of all virtures!! God gives GRACE to…..WHO? To the HUMBLE! And boy do I need His GRACE (ability, power, wisdom, love, mercy…)…how about you?  I can’t make it…without it!

So the GRACE to walk in practical holiness comes ONLY from God…and that, by His GRACE! Because of this,  I HUMBLE myself at His Feet…the starting place for the BEGINNING of HOLINESS!  Bring on your FRESH WAVE of it in us all, O God!!!

DETERMINATION: Working intently to accomplish goals regardless of the opposition.

“Jesus Christ is the SAME…yesterday, today, and forever!” Hebrews 13:8

Looking unto JESUS,

Sandy

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Responses

  1. Sandy – I finally found you on WordPress. You write beautifully — heartfelt. Looking forward to reading more over a cup of tea. Godspeed, Elizabeth

    • Elizabeth, thanks so much for your comment. I have been writing for the past 10 years online, but am new to WordPress. Still trying to learn my way around and how to make contacts through it. I love the format here. I enjoy your writings, also, and have a direct feed to them. Looking forward to knowing you better through the blogs! May the blessings of the Lord overtake you as you continue…

      Looking unto JESUS,
      Sandy

  2. Thanks Sandy,
    I am so glad to know where you are posting your messages now.

  3. Hi Girl! Thanks for the comment. Did you check the box below that says Notify me of new posts via email? That should do it…but let me know if you don’t get them. I don’t post as often as I used to…but hope readers like them…and the pictures and graphics! Blessings to you. Still want to come see you! Sandy


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