Living A Holy Life Is A Process–#3

God is waiting to show you the way.

God is waiting to show you the way.

16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.–John 14:16,17
16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.–1 Cor. 3:16-17

Yesterday’s thoughts ended with a comment about beginning the remodeling in earnest. Today, we continue with those thoughts. There are changes that will have to be made and they must be made on the inside first. We are beginning to become something new and that starts with the indwelling of God’s Spirit. We, as humans, are not capable of changing ourselves. God knew this and sent the Comforter, His Spirit, to direct and accomplish the work. He is both the Architect and the Master Builder. He already has the plans and knows what the final product will look like if we let the Master do His work. Some of the changes will be quick and almost painless, but others will be painful because the flesh wants to hang onto worldly things. There will be trying times, but as Paul tells us, the finished product will be worth all the pain.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison–2 Cor. 4:16,17 (NASB)(emphasis added)
Or as James puts it “Count it all joy!”
Post 02-23-14

Living A Holy Life Is A Process-Part 2

God is waiting to show you the way.

God is waiting to show you the way.

15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”–1 Peter 1:15,16 (NLT)
14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.–John 1:14-16 (NASB)

Continuing yesterday’s thoughts on living a holy life: In some of us who have always tried to live by what the world considered “good” rules, there may not be a noticeable change in our personalities and our activities. After all, God did design us with those particular personality traits and talents. But, then, there are those of us who have misused and abused those traits and talents that will have to make major adjustments. That will be necessary to bring our lives in alignment with what God wants us to be here on earth. But whether there is a minor or a major change in our personalities and activities, the areas that all of us will have to make adjustments are our attitudes and our perspectives. Now we must start to look at others through the eyes of Jesus. We must love the unlovable, pray for those who mistreat us, be merciful (full of mercy) and graceful (full of grace) and truthful (full of truth). That is a process that will continue as long as we breathe. We must strive to reflect the character of Jesus in all that we do and say. Salvation was the easy part, now the remodeling begins in earnest.
Post 02-22-14