The spirit of holiness is with believers with the coming of the Holy Spirit. It’s receiving God in all of his glory, being guided, and doing his will. These Christians live disciplined lives as they run the race of life. Their taste is true freedom through the Spirit. They declare victory in their actions, for they are entrusted with impulses to love God with their whole hearts. In their lifestyles they find glorification and approach God daily, for they know they live under his rule. They become part of his divine family that God blesses. These precious gifts they accept through God’s gift of Christ who died for our sins, and is risen to new life. These believers are certain of the power of the indwelling spirit.
Shakti Gawain (b. 1948), a New Age and personal development author thought, “Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual darkness.” Christians who are filled with the holy spirit live triumphantly, and even in darkness know their security is with the Lord.
Sickness of the Soul
What are your motives in life? Are you bogged down with everyday living? Are you a victim of universal sin? Do you feel rebellious? Are you living in debt? Are you morally bankrupt? Do you suffer from sickness of the body, mind and spirit? If you are worried about these matters you may be suffering from a sickness of the soul.
Marilyn Monroe (1926–1962), actress, model and singer said, “I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.” As Monroe puts it, her main motive was to find love. Her focus shouldn’t be on false love but about God’s true and abiding love.
By the Creator himself believers are blessed with strong assurances to do good deeds. They will be of service and each day pursue new moral aims. They find richness in the content of the New Testament. By their lifestyles they are enthroning the living God, for they have a childlike trust in him. These Christians obey God’s commandments and are blessed in deciphering the intricacies of life.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), author and abolitionist observed, “Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.” Thoreau was not prepared to settle on a basic type of morality. He wanted us to to have meaningful lives. People do agree that we should be the best we can, by how we live, what we say, and do.
Friendship with Sinners
Peace and hopefulness should be a way of life for those walking in holiness. These bring self-fulfillment in our communities. Sinners have to be compassionate, repentant, and committed to daily prayer. By the grace of God they will receive salvation and be saved from their misdeeds. For Christ will expiate their sins.
Roman Stoic philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C.–65 A.D.) wrote, “One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” Seneca could well be addressing us today, for there’s often misunderstanding in our public discourse. To have a true understanding and live in spiritual holiness believers have to turn to God – the Provider of good gifts. He loves every sinner who’s estranged from him. Such a privilege he extends to all men and women.