Struggling for Holiness?

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Are struggling for holiness too? I believe we aren’t to be called humans if we don’t. Without thoughts, words we say and act we commit. Why do we do not holiness experience it more in daily living? Why do so many Christians feel constantly defeated in their struggle with sin? Let me share excerpts my notes from the book “Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges.

1.Our first problem is that our attitude towards sin is more self-centered than God-centered.
We are more concerned about our own “victory” over sin than we are about the fact that our sins grieve the heart of God.

We cannot tolerate failure in our struggle with sin chiefly because we are success-oriented, not because we know it is offensive to God.

We never see it aright until we see it as against God.-W.S. Plumer.

God want us to walk in obedience – not victory.
Obedience is oriented toward God; victory is oriented toward self. This is not to say that God doesn’t want us to experience victory, but rather to emphasize that victory is a byproduct of obedience.As we concentrate on living an obedient, holy life, we will certainly experience the joy of victory over sin.

2. Our second problem is that we have misunderstood “living by faith” (Galatians 2:20) to mean that no effort at holiness is required on our part. in fact, sometimes we have even suggested that any effort on our part is “of the flesh”.

The bible says, faith without action is dead. I strongly believe with this. Our faith in him should result not just NOUNS but VERBS. Verbs is testifies the integrity of Nouns. Christian needs personal exertion and work as well as faith. Thus, we have a personal responsibility for our walk of holiness. Now I’m not trying to sound like I’ve got it all already, I too am writing to myself with regards to this.

3. Our third problem is that we do not take some sin seriously. We have mentally categorized sins into that which is unacceptable and that which may be tolerated a bit.

Question here is, are we willing to call sin “sin” not because it is big or little, but because God’s law forbids it?

God does not require a perfect, sinless life to have fellowship with Him, But He does require that we be serious about holiness, that we grieve over sin in our lives instead of justifying it, and that we earnestly pursue holiness as a way of life.

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5 thoughts on “Struggling for Holiness?

  1. I am so glad to have come by and read some of you posts! Really great and really deep!
    When I read people like this, I always wonder what they see,read, and get out of my postings, but then I hear back the personal stories which so far have been so awesome and so like God to have brought a particular person at a particular time in their life to me. so if you have any such story or comment to share-please don’t hesitate!

    • Chris, I haven’t been able to get your two blogs out of my mind! this last one and the one about the Spirit. I re-blogged it as it was so powerful and so needed in today’s time when people are reading their “sign message” for day or playing with ouiji boards, or going to seances. I do have a great favor to ask. May I take your subject Struggling for Holiness-the idea about our “success over sin-not because it is offensive to our God but because we are going to ‘fail’ at something–and expand upon it?
      God has really been teaching me about sin and obedience for the last almost 7 years. The blog is to me more about the last 7 years than the 55 years preceeding as He has had me on an accelerated learning time, cramming everything possible into these years.
      I will let you know when I get it done of course. Just please let me know if I have your pemission

      • Hi Cindy,

        I’m grateful that this post has ministered to you as it has to me. Thanks for sharing it too. It’s my pleasure to have you use this subject in anyway it could help. In line with this, I would strongly recommend Jerry Bridges’ “Pursuit of Holiness” if you’re into reading books too.

        Thanks a lot & God richly bless you!

        • Chris, thanks. I will certainly give you the credit for starting me off down this road to explain exactly what the problem is and how to solve it… I totally get it being an “A” personality, who has been driven to succeed all my life. I so wish my mom was here still, so I could tell her I’ve finally figured it out. In the last 2 years, I have so learned about obedience and trust and love and how they are so right when we are in God’s path for us vs our own path because that is what we were taught to go after.

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