Archive for December 27th, 2015

You Can Be Holy

First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown, Texas

First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown, Texas

“You were taught with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV).

Many years ago there was a book, I’m OK—You’re OK. But I was not OK. I was selfish and no amount of chanting positive affirmations could change that. Because the truth is, being selfish is not OK. Nobody wants “he was selfish” written on his tombstone.

The instant I became a Christian something did change. I received the Holy Spirit who daily encourages me to give up my old selfish ways and to consider others more important than myself. For awhile I didn’t listen, but the Holy Spirit never gives up. As I read the Bible and listened to Christian music, I experienced a renewing of my mind.

Every battle begins in the mind. It’s important to realize that fact, because many times we disregard our thought life when seeking change. We try changing appearances and even the way we talk. However, the way we think is of greatest importance. Otherwise we fall back into the old habits.

Remember at the last supper when Jesus washed Peter’s feet (John 13:10)? Jesus told Peter “you are clean though not every one of you. For He knew Judas was going to betray Him, and that’s why He said not every one was clean. Even though Jesus knew that Peter would later deny Him, that behavior didn’t make him unclean. Over time, through the work of the Holy Spirit, Peter’s behavior did change.

The miracle is that I didn’t become holy by behaving righteously, being holy means being set apart by God and that happened when I became a Christian. You are holy, and through the work of the Holy Spirit your behavior will change.

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