Highway of Holiness


February 25, 2016: 10:35 pm: Highway of Holiness

Colossians 2:6-15
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all he has done. 8 Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ. 9 For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body, 10 and you are complete through your union with Christ. He is the Lord over every ruler and authority in the universe. 11 When you came to Christ, you were circumcised, but not by a physical procedure. It was a spiritual procedure the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross. 15 In this way, God disarmed the evil rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross of Christ.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Receiving Christ as Lord of your life is the beginning of truth in your life. But you must continue to follow His leadership by being rooted, built up and strengthened in your faith. You live for Christ by committing your life and submitting your will to His, seek to know Him, and allow the power of His Holy Spirit to work through you. When we have Christ, we have everything we need for salvation and for right living. Understanding how much God loves you and that He has made you righteous through believing in what His son did for you on the cross is your reason to give thanks. God looks at you as if you have never sinned. There is nothing you can be more thankful for than your relationship with Christ Jesus. Nothing else in your life matters outside of Christ. Because your commitment to God is written in your heart, not your body, Christ has set you free from your evil desires. Remember that the next time you are tempted to sin. Your old sinful nature was crucified on the cross with Christ and God gives you a new nature, His nature. In this world, we will continue to sin, but we are not sinners, we are saints who sometimes sin. Wear your new nature like you would a coat that covers you and keep the cold from coming in. Your new nature will keep sin from coming in if you use it. And never stop thanking and praising Him for His love that gives you the power to overcome.

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December 8, 2015: 1:56 am: Highway of Holiness

1 Corinthians 13: 11-13
11 It’s like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now. 13 There are three things that will endure-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

There are days when everything goes right and I feel like I can accomplish everything I do. I feel strong and confident. The Spirit of the Lord is in me and all around me. On other days, nothing goes right and I feel like a failure. I think and feel down and depressed. The weight of all of my problems is heavy on my shoulders. And the Spirit of the Lord is in me and all around me. My feelings do not change the truth of God. On both days, I am His child and He lives in me. It is my perception that changes and that decides if Christ will be seen in me or not. My feelings have nothing to do with the truth of God’s love for me. It is because we all have such limited vision and see through a cloudy glass. We cannot see all of the supernatural power of God working all around us for our good. But the more we trust Him, the clearer the glass will become. We trust Him when we step out in faith and ignore our “feelings” and act on His truth. Knowing that our vision is limited will help you do this. We have to believe in His Word and trust Him that He will do as He has promised. And we have His promise in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” So on the days I don’t “feel” Gods love and concern, I can still act like it.

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September 21, 2015: 9:05 pm: Highway of Holiness

 

Hebrews 12:1-4
Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. 2 Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God. 3 If you want to keep from becoming fainthearted and weary, think about his patience as sinful men did such terrible things to him. 4 After all, you have never yet struggled against sin and temptation until you sweat great drops of blood.
The Living Bible, (Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1997.

Why do cleansed Christians return to sin after receiving the grace of God? God’s ability to love, forgive, and cleanse sinners is incredible. If we confess, He purifies and forgives…every time…and in every way. But even cleansed people can sin again. It is difficult to understand why God left us to deal with our old nature and the new nature of Christ within us. It is a question of faith, will we trust that God knows what He is doing with every detail of our lives? When we sin, we choose our own wisdom over God’s. Most Christians know what to do. We just need to keep on doing it. The incredible benefit of this life in Christ is the power of the Holy Spirit within us. Romans 8:9 tells us, “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.” Suddenly, we can do something we could never do before. We can with the power of the Spirit of God within us dispose of sin like old clothing. To say we have Jesus in our life, and the Holy Spirit’s power, yet claim we can do nothing about habitual sin is absurd. Taking on the righteousness of Christ needs to become a habit. We need to strip off every sin that holds us back from becoming all that God intends for us. And we can do that because we have His Word that we can and the proof is His Spirit in us. Confess your sin before God and remove it from your life and become Christ in the flesh to your world.

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June 19, 2015: 11:27 pm: Highway of Holiness

Isaiah 35:8-9
8 And a main road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-hearted people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there. 9 Lions will not lurk along its course, and there will be no other dangers. Only the redeemed will follow it. 10 Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return to Jerusalem, singing songs of everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be overcome with joy and gladness.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Are you on the Highway of Holiness today?  Are you heading toward God or way from Him?  If you are not actively working to be more like Him, you are moving away from Him.  Even though you may claim Him as your Savior, you can still be moving away from Him.  When we stand before Christ, He is not going to judge us for sin, which is covered by His Blood for those who accept Him, but He is going to look at your life.  How useful were you for Him to work through.  Did you grow smaller and Christ grower larger in you to the point where others saw Him in you?  That is what we all need to be asking ourselves.  Our standard is Christ and we do not measure up to anything else.  Being on the Highway of Holiness is to be in Christ and working for His purpose under His direction and with His power.  It is a process and will continue until we are with Him.  Examine your life today and seek to do His will in all that you do and be on the Highway of Holiness.

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February 17, 2015: 8:56 pm: Highway of Holiness

Colossians 3:1-11

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. 2 Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. 3 For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. 5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry. 6 God’s terrible anger will come upon those who do such things. 7 You used to do them when your life was still part of this world. 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Letting heaven fill our thoughts means concentrating on the eternal rather than the temporal. Because Christ was raised after death, so will those who believe in Him. When Christ rules in our hearts and minds, we can look forward to being with Him in the eternal and that helps us deal with life on earth. Our real home is where Christ is. This truth gives us a different perspective on our life here on earth. When we look at life from God’s perspective and seek His desires, it gives us a proper view of all that happens to us. When we know that He is working all things for our good because we love Him, we can endure any pain this life will have for us. Because we have “died” to our former self, God can work through us to love the hurting around us. Being God’s conduit of love to a hurting world will help us to remember His great love for all people. When this life is less than perfect, reach out to someone else who is also hurting with the love given to you by your Father and let His love flow through you. It will help them and it will help you.

Have a God Day!

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