Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]



Monday, March 29, 2010

What Is SACRED in Your Life?


Romans 6:19b,22

... Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.... But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

1 Corinthians 1:30

It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

2 Corinthians 7:1

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

Ephesians 4:22-24

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Hebrews 12:14
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

2 Timothy 2:19-21
Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord
must turn away from wickedness."
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

As we step into "HOLY WEEK" may our focus be on JESUS CHRIST alone. His CROSS is in the forefront - not a place of death - but one that offers eternal life to those who repent and believe and cleanse themselves by turning away from sin and turning to receive that new life that Christ promises to all who come to Him.

This holy week is a place of sacred reflection - but it should not be one of making commitments that are never intended to be carried out.

It is a time to examine our hearts - to purposefully make the adjustments that God requires for holiness that can only come through obedience to His written Word, and a deep commitment to prayer and intercession with the Father - from this day forward!

What must be SACRED - as followers of Christ?
  • Purposeful personal time in God's Word - Daily?

  • A Prayer Life with Intersession & Fasting?

  • Confession?

  • Thanksgiving?

  • Communion?

  • Serving others from the overflow of a heart in gratitude to Christ?

  • Solitude?

  • Silence?

The list seems like a mountain to climb - but through Christ we can get that mountain under our feet.

What are we willing to strip away - to let go of - to overcome - allowing the light of God's Sacred Holiness to penetrate into our DAILY lives - so it can grow us toward Him for His kingdom purposes?

Will you join me in reflecting with a purpose to grow?

Choosing JOY, Stephanie

JESUS ONLY in 2010

9 comments:

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

I love your new look here my friend!

The picture of the "walk to emmaus" - is the picture that we use at the "walk" - how cool is that!

This is such a great post today. Goes along with my reflection of our revival. We need to be focused on whatever it takes to purify and sanctify our hearts. To strive after holiness. TO strive to be like Him.

Love you - Beth

Yolanda said...

I hunger to grow and bear sweet and ripe fruit. The scripture from Hebrews was resonating with-in me. May you and I continue to allow Him to sanctify us and change us to reflect Himself. Choosing JOY with you as I SEEK like never before.

With love this HOLY WEEK OF 2010,
Yolanda

LisaShaw said...

I enjoyed every Scripture and your heart of sharing!

Your blog look is very fitting of your heart in the LORD.

Jesus is sacred in my life and my heart is His. I'm drawn to Him with every breath and in His presence I'm constantly being changed and I'm grateful.

Thank you again for sharing Stephanie.

Hugs and blessings.

Ileana said...

I love this post. I've been working on getting rid of every piece of dirt in my life, and this post inspires me to do even more.

:)

Much love,

Ileana

Tea With Tiffany said...

Purify me, LORD....Make me holy as You are holy. Let me hungry after You and You alone. Train me in Your righteousness. Be my strength and strong tower. I love You, Jesus.

Hugs and peace to you, sweet friend.

Cherie Hill said...

What fantastic Scriptures...so powerful and convicting...thank you for the reminder that we have but one purpose...the Kingdom of God. Praying your Easter is filled with His presence...He LIVES!
God bless you sister!
Cherie

Patrina said...

Choosing Holiness!

"an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work."

help me, Lord to be suple in your mighty hands..mold me and make me...totally YOURS!!

Hapy Easter, my friend
Hugs, Patrina <")>><
His watchman on the wall

Surprised By Joy! said...

I like your new picture. :)
Been reflecting this week.

Blessings,
Tammy

prashant said...

We need to be focused on whatever it takes to purify and sanctify our hearts. To strive after holiness. TO strive to be like Him.
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