Resurrection Morning after enjoying a time of worship and praise before leaving home to attend corporate worship at my church, Father spoke to my heart concerning the word holiness and how it relates to His people. He brought to mind 1 Peter 1:15-16 which also serves as the foundational scripture for Holy Poetry Publications and this song being ministered by Cece Winans. And the word of the Lord reads, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” The Father is a holy God who is worthy of all the glory, honor, praise and adoration due to His name. As the Holy God that He is, He also desires that we as the children and people of God be holy as well.
If you have questions concerning what true holiness is, by the time you are done reading this post you will have a better understanding. So, how can we be holy the way God desires? Before we can define what holiness is we first have to understand that being holy is actually one of the characteristics of God. His character is what distinguishes who He is as the God of all creation. So to make things easier to understand, we first need to define the word holy which is described as:
1. Exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness
2. Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred.
3. Regarded with or worthy of worship or veneration; revered: a holy book.
4. Living according to a strict or highly moral religious or spiritual system; saintly: a holy person.
5. Specified or set apart for a religious purpose: a holy place.
Looking at this definition we can see that it gives us some understanding of the word holy and how the Father is to be treated.
So what are some of the ways we can exalt God? According to Psalms 57:9-11 it reads “I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.” In order to exalt God we would need to learn how to bless Him in the manner as the word “exalt” is described and that is:
1. To raise in rank, character, or status; elevate.
2. To glorify, praise, or honor.
We have now learned the meaning of the words “Holy” and “Exalt” which now will bring us back to the original discussion about “Holiness.” The word Holiness is describes as:
1. The state or quality of being holy.
Now how do we as the children and people of God be holy as God is holy? First, let me say that we can never live a life that is 100 percent picture perfect like that of our Heavenly Father. He created us so He already know our limitations, but because of His grace we can accomplish anything He desires for us to do for Him. So in order for us to live a holy lifestyle and walk in holiness, first we must make a conscience effort with the Holy Spirit helping us to walk it out on a daily basis. By walking in this manner daily our character and how we operate as an individual will help to distinguish and set us apart as a bonafide holy child of the Father.
If you desire to be more pleasing to the Father and step up your walk as a child of His, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any areas in your life which have been prohibiting you from living a lifestyle of holiness. It does not have to always be sins of the flesh, you could have personality or behavioral issues or broken areas which you desire a touch from God. Whatever the case may be, each of us have something we need the help of the Father to work on.
My prayer is that you have been enlightened, encouraged, and strengthened from what been shared from the Father’s Heart on today, April 9, 2012
Blessings & love,
Arnita L. Fields
A Scribe of the Lord, a Scribe for the Lord
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