Holiness Part 12 by Tanner – age 18

As a believer begins to move toward God’s holiness most often they will run into some blockages. Deep down they want to do the things that God impresses upon their hearts and what they know is right but something is holding them up.  There’s no doubt that they’ve been changed internally…they have new convictions that they never had prior to them being touched by God, but maybe they are struggling to manifest the things God has put within them. The one-word diagnosis for this problem and most any other problem in the life of a believer, is the flesh…the desires of the person’s soul apart from God. The person has been convicted of sin and then convicted of righteousness, but hasn’t submitted to to God. When the person submits to God, the flesh is resisted and God’s voice will be the loudest in their heart. Romans 12:2 says “…Be ye changed by the renewing of the mind.” And Ephesians 4:23 says “and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” When you submit to God you set aside your mind and take on His mind. 1 Corinthians 2:16 says, …but we have the mind of Christ.” Anytime we rely on anything else except God it is pride because we have chosen to exalt something else above God. The root of any sin is the flesh and the only time someone lives according to the flesh is when they operate in pride, but when a person lays down their pride in faith, God meets them with with His power and replaces the person’s desires with His. Ultimately, any problem a believer may have will be solved by fellowship and communion with God. Just talking with Him, spending time with Him. We don’t love Jesus because He is going to make us a better person or because He is going to heal us…”We love Him because He first loved us.” As Christians we are to love God…be His friend. That’s what God wants …covenant…relationship. God wants a bride not a concubine. Being a son of God is as simple as loving and obeying Him. Holiness comes from relationship with God(righteousness) “bears its fruit unto holiness.” Just love Him and spend time with Him and He will change you. The more you spend time with God the more you will be like Him. Just spend time with Him…love Him.

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