Standard of Holiness

raising_the_bar_feature “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:14-16

Is there a standard of holiness in your life? Have you ever taken the time think about your standards for daily living? In the Body Christ the word “holy” can be thrown around a lot. There are “holiness” denomination of churches or people me shout and dance or dress in a way they consider Holy. We know what third of the trinity is named the Holy Spirit. I’ve heard people say “you think you are holier than thou” or “I’m not a Holy Roller”, but this is unbiblical. God said we are to be Holy like him. Holiness is a product of grace. Holiness is the act of being set apart from the rest of the world. In the Bible the word holy is associated with describing Jesus and God. The word holy is associated with one that lives at peace with all men. The word holy is used describe being cleansed from anything filthy and unclean to be pure and upright. In Leviticus 19:2 it says, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them, You shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.” In my home growing up my parents set a standard that I am to go to bed by 9pm every night. Many schools have a standard to earn the grade of a C or above to maintain good standing.  Your job has a standard for you to arrive to work on time each day at a certain time, let’s say 9am. That’s standard time for first shift work schedules. Many women in their twenties begin to establish standards for the types of men they want to engage. But do we have a standards of holiness for our lives. We are in need of establishing the standard of holiness in our lives. As a lady you may say that you won’t marry man without a prestigious job, a high salary or degree, tall in height, he has to talk to you in a way that makes you feel like the only girl in the world, etc. If he doesn’t call you first you won’t call him, but for the rest of your life there are no guidelines or boundaries for what you will say or do. We don’t see anything wrong with the things God hates, but we are quick to comply with societal rules and ideologies. It’s not okay to go everywhere, listen to lusty music, watch pornography and live in fornication or greed. I’m asking you to today to think about your standards for life. What are you entertain yourself with? What do you watch on TV? How do you lead your life, is it Holy as the Lord is Holy. We abide by the regulations of our job so we won’t get fired, so don’t give God your sloppy seconds.  Purify yourself by obeying the truth. Holiness is God’s standard and it’s the greatest prosperity you can experience. Pursue holiness and you will find yourself in the will of God. Aim to live a life set apart with Jesus as your example.

Today’s Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, please show me where I may be lacking holy standards. I desire to live a life that is Holy and acceptable to you.  Show me any mindsets I need to eliminate to think like you do. In Jesus name, Amen. This is an excerpt from my latest book The Vine Devotions. Available for Purchase Here: http://ow.ly/KGqhX photo

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