This week our focus is on God as "Holy One of Israel" or "Qedosh Yisrael".
Qedosh is Hebrew for Holy One.
The LORD said to Moses, "Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: 'Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.'" Leviticus 19:1-2
Holiness is grounded in God's nature. He exists above and apart from the world He created. Ann writes
It is important to realize that God's holiness involves not just separation from sin but his absolute hostility toward it.
God gave Moses the Ten Commandments for the people of Israel to obey. This was their standard.
Believers today are called to be holy; to reflect the character of Christ. We've been given the Holy Spirit to enable us to grow in holiness.
My desire is to grow in holiness but ...my flesh gets in the way.
I've asked the Lord to search every area of my life and reveal the areas that are not pleasing to Him. ( I challenge you to do this because He will reveal things to you.)
I've learned a secret to growing in holiness. It's called ...abiding in Christ.
It's a moment by moment 'heart choice' I have to make over and over throughout my day.
Will I give in to your flesh and do what I want to do?
Or will I listen to the Holy Spirit and trust and obey God?
My desire to reflect Jesus. But if I continually satisfy my flesh, I'm not abiding and growing in holiness. There are some areas of my life that still need lots of Holy Spirit cleaning. But I'm learning that His way is the best way for me. Believe me, I've made way too many mistakes in my life.
I want to be right in the center of God's will for my life, no matter what that is.
How about you? Are you willing to abide in Christ? Do you struggle with this too?
How thankful I am that He is a God of grace, love, patience and mercy.