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Oct 14, 2017

God’s Essence

By |Oct 14, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

“God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16).  It is His character.  God does not have to try to love.  Love is the essence of Who He is.  The human problem is that we are not yet like that.  God knows this full well.  So, in love, He laid down his life for us.  That love

Oct 6, 2017

The Spirit And Sanctification

By |Oct 6, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Holiness, Obedience, Power, Sanctification, Spirit|0 Comments

There is no personal holiness without the Holy Spirit.  Jesus “suffered without the gate to sanctify the people with His own blood” (Heb 13:12).  The Bible also says that we are “sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:2).  What the blood of Christ provides, the Holy Spirit applies.  Without

Sep 27, 2017

Becoming Is Arriving

By |Sep 27, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Holiness, Love, Sanctification|0 Comments

Our spiritual formation is never finished in the same way that our sanctification is an ongoing process.  Perfection in the Greek NT means “completion” or “fulfilling one’s intended purpose”.  Our purpose is to love God with our whole being, expressed by loving our neighbor as ourself.  We are ever in the process of loving more

Sep 16, 2017

Hunger And Holiness

By |Sep 16, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Heart, Holiness, Idolatry, Sanctification|0 Comments

There is a connection between holiness, the hunger for it, and the pursuit of it.  Our passion for holiness is a prerequisite for a life of holiness.  There is little progress without a total consecration to the process.  The hungry run after it (Heb 12:14).  Hunger for holiness is nothing more than hunger for the

Jul 8, 2017

Holiness And Change

By |Jul 8, 2017|Christ, Commitment, Devotionals, Father, Holiness, Love, Relationships, Spirit|0 Comments

So many times in Christian history the church has seen its role to be, resistors to all change.  Most of us like things the way they are without disturbing our routines, and especially our way of thinking.  For some, holiness has been seen as THE way to fight off change.  When this happens the idea

Jun 21, 2017

The Heart Throne

By |Jun 21, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Heart, Holiness, Idolatry, Sanctification|0 Comments

The heart has a throne.  The only One who should be on that throne is the Creator Himself.  There are a thousand ways that we can climb up and put ourselves on the throne.  There are a thousand gods that would like for us to empower them to take Him down.  To proclaim Jesus as

Jun 20, 2017

Unholy Detours

By |Jun 20, 2017|Devotionals, Holiness, Love, Righteousness|0 Comments

Private piety along with emotionalism and legalism are true enemies of holiness and pitiful substitutes for holiness . Holiness cannot exist as mere private piety without undergoing a kind of rot and decay.  Holiness under the guise of emotionalism is an idol.  Holiness as legalism is a dead end, tending to self-righteousness.  Holiness is meant

May 31, 2017

Chosen for Christlikeness

By |May 31, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness|0 Comments

God has chosen that His people would become like His Son.  If we would be called His people, we should expect Him to be shaping us, not like the dominant culture, but like His Son.  It is our highest calling.  Amazingly, it will not destroy our individuality and personality; instead, it will make it.  It

Apr 18, 2017

Christlikeness and Resurrection

By |Apr 18, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Holiness, Resurrection, Spirit|0 Comments

Christlike means more than being similar to Him.  We are not to be Christian just in name.  We are not to be a pale imitation of Him, but one who has experienced inner transformation.  We can have something that comes up from within us that flows out through our finger tips.  This world needs more

Mar 25, 2017

Transformed Character

By |Mar 25, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Divine Likeness, Formation, Growth, Holiness, Lent, New Creation, Obedience, Sin|0 Comments

Someone has said, “Life evokes character.”  We learn who we are by living, and we become different when we learn to live in the ways Jesus taught us.  If “Life evokes character,” Jesus through the processes of His grace can transform character.  He did not come to us to give us a ticket to the