“…BE EVEN MORE CAREFUL to do the good things that result from being saved, obeying God with deep reverence, shrinking back from all that might displease him.”
Philippians 2:12b (Living Bible)
GO, do good things.
STOP, shrink back.
BASIC ASSUMPTION: an active relationship with the Living God through Jesus Christ (otherwise the rest of this blog is a futile read)
then it follows that …
HE MUST HAVE built in to us a way to sense whether I’m on the right or wrong path. My salvation was costly, and I DO NOT WANT to grieve or stifle the Holy Spirit who’s laboring 24/7 to bring to completion that work God started.
“PEOPLE FULL OF LIGHT cannot afford to fit in or conform to the norm amid a crooked and perverse culture and, in doing that, expect to have a positive, eternal impact.”
Without holiness, people will not see God Hebrews 12:14. STUMBLING BLOCK
HOLINESS? – SAY WHAT?
HOLY LIVING is choosing to operate outside of the workings of:
Holiness is relationship based, as in, it’s about Who we know.
APPLICATION 1: The Sealed Lips
Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world…” vv. 14-15 (NASB)
OR AM I PRESSING in to God and asking Him to reveal the root cause of my negative attitude. He is faithful to answer and to pull up the root at my request. He’s got better stuff to take its place.
APPLICATION 2: The Stress Collar
“…Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Phil 4:6-7
WHEN stress rises:
USE STRESS like a human ‘invisible fence dog collar,’ if you feel stress, assume you might have neared or stepped over the boundaries of Papa God’s healthy boundaries for prosperous living.