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09/19/2017

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Hope And Holiness


"Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given to you when Jesus Christ is revealed". As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; because it is written; 'Be holy, because I am holy' " (1 Pet.1:13-16).

There is a popular mindset out there that relegates hope to little more than whistling in the wind. Some even might dodge the responsibility all together by hoping they will win the state lottery and become instant millionaires... Hope in the New Testament is an entirely different thing. Christian hope is based on these things: (1) Christ rose from the dead, (2) He reigns at the right hand of God, (3) He is coming again. Rather than a whistle, Christian hope has real substance. The 16th century reformer John Calvin wrote this; "What would happen to us if we didn't rely on our hope, and our minds did not emerge above the world out of the midst of darkness through the shining Word of God and His Spirit?" Hope is certainly not a passive concept, but it is interwoven into a Christian's determination to do these two things; glorify God and resist sin. If you looked at my title today, you just saw where the holiness comes in. If we are to attain that great hope that has been promised to us, we must glorify God and resist sin. To make a completely clean break from the world and to look at Jesus as our role model is to be holy.... "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth." (1 Pet.2:22). Holiness is not just a word that to be reserved for the thunder of Sinai or the majestic transformation of Jesus. Holy men and women strive to live sober and contemplative lives that always desire to glorify God among His people. To be holy is to take time to make that phone call, write a note or visit to someone who is hurting. To be holy is to shovel the snow from an elderly person's walk, without even thinking twice about it. Being holy is preparing food for someone who is sick. Peter's words give being holy a 10 on the rating scale.... "But just because He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; because it is written; 'Be holy, because I am holy.' "

Have a wonderful day.... Do good and give God the credit (that's holy) Love mark Phil.4:11

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