“….work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.”
As we continue on in our journey through Hebrews 12 we come to the next command. We are to live a holy life, which means we are to separate ourselves from the world and become one with God.
Other translations state we are to be sanctified. I love this definition of sanctification: “To sanctify someone or something is to set that person or thing apart for the use intended by its designer. “ God’s original design is for us to be holy, just like He is holy. He wanted to be with us always, but Adam’s sin separated all people from God’s presence until Jesus came along. When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He made a way for us to be with God again. This single act of love made a way for us to be sanctified, to be made holy. Now we just have to learn to walk in this holiness.
At times this can seem overwhelming. How in the world can we do everything right all of the time? What about all the mistakes that I have made in the past? What about the ones that I will make in the future, because I know I will make mistakes again?
In Discerning the Voice of God, Priscilla Shirer states, “God is the God of right now. He doesn’t want us to regret yesterday or worry about tomorrow. He wants us to focus on what He is saying to us and putting in front of us right now. The Enemy’s voice will focus on the past and the future, but the voice of God will focus on today. God’s voice tells us what we can do now. Satan’s voice tells us what we could do ‘if only.’ “
Don’t let yesterday’s failures and tomorrow’s worries rob you of today’s grace. God only gives us grace for today. Ask Him for forgiveness of your past mistakes and He will wipe them off your record, never to be thought of again!
Isaiah 43:25 (NASB)
“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.
Condemnation and guilt are NEVER from God. Let me say that again. Condemnation and guilt are never, ever from God. That is not how He operates. God loves us and His desire is for us to be holy, to be one with Him.
1 Thessalonians 4:3 (NLT)
God’s will is for you to be holy
He loves us so much that He wants us to walk in all the blessings He has for us here on earth, now, every single day. But we have a choice. We can continue in our sinful nature and pleasures, or we can practice self-control, deny our flesh and choose to live a holy life that is pleasing to God.
1 Peter 1:13-16
So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
He also knows that we are human and we will make mistakes. But that is why we have grace and grace is all that we need.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
God also doesn’t want us to get ahead of Him. Do not allow your brain to play the “what if” game. Satan loves this game because it gets you distracted. It causes you to worry and get anxious. Some get fearful. Others get mad and still others will freeze and not do anything. All of these are the desired result of Satan, not God. When we focus on today, how to be holy today, God is able to speak to the actual issue at hand. He is able to give us exactly what we need to take the very next step, the only one that really matters at that moment in time.
With Christ in you, you can live a holy life. We are made right with God, not by what we have done but by who is in us. We are holy today. We are righteous today! Let’s start acting like it and living that way.
Mile 10 Challenge:
On page 10 of your journal write down everything in your past that still plagues you today.
What things do you feel guilty about or feel condemned? What things make you think that you are not good enough to be used by God? Write them down.
Next spend some time in prayer. Ask God to forgive you of these sins, of these feelings. Then take a red marker and put a big check mark across the page. This symbolizes that the debt has been paid in full. Now rip this paper out of your journal and tear it into shreds or even burn it. Say to yourself: “The things on this list no longer define me. They are no longer held against me and I no longer have to pay for them. I am holy and complete.”
The next time Satan tries to remind you about these mistakes, boldly remind him that they are no longer a part of your record. You will no longer carry any more condemnation or guilt. You will continue to walk in the grace that God so willingly and lovingly offered you.
On page 11 write down scriptures that you can read often to remind you to wake up each morning with the goal of living a holy life.
Here are some examples, but please ask God to show you what verses to meditate on and live out.
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you.
Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me a purity of heart, so that I may honor you. With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death.
Colossians 3:12-15 (NLT)
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Colossians 3:17 (NLT)
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Hebrews 12: Conquest of Me Series