I’ve (sort of) begun planning for and thinking towards the start of Bible study next week, preparation which so far has only entailed reading the “Introduction” and the “As You Begin” section in the back of Holiness, the book we will be using in our study. So far, so good. So good, in fact, that I’m going to spread the love and share some of the conviction with you, my readers. Consider this from author Nancy Leigh Demoss:
The message of repentance and holiness needs to be proclaimed, heard, and heeded among God’s people in every generation. It must become more than a theological tenet that we politely nod agreement to; it needs to transform the way we think and the way we live.
…my heart is to issue an earnest appeal to God’s people–those He calls saints or holy ones–to pursue holiness.
In the back of the book, Demoss offers some questions to help readers determine where they are in relation to the matter of holiness:
1. How important is holiness to you? How much though, attention, and effort do you devote to the pursuit of holiness? Are you intentional about putting away everything that is displeasing to God and living a holy life?
2. [if applicable] How important is your children’s holiness to you? (A good gauge–do you care more about their grade point average, their batting average, and their earning capacity, or about tehir purity of heart and life?) Does their sin drive you to your knees?
3. How concerned are you about the holiness of the body of Christ? Does it grieve you when you see yourself or others treating sin lightly?
Yep, told you I’d share some of that conviction. Despite the discomfort of realizing how short I fall in the pursuit of holiness–or maybe because of it–I am so excited about this study! I know that we will yet again experience the Lord’s faithful conviction and the joy of His mercy and grace poured out on each of us, the least deserving…
And, hey, if you’re local and you’re interested in meeting with us, we’d love to have you in our group! Let me know!
In the introduction, Demoss encourages us to pray the following as we begin this pursuit of radical, life altering holiness. As we pray, whether you’re an official member of our study group or not, let’s expect the Lord to hear and to answer!
show me more of Your holiness.
Show me more of my sinfulness.
Help me to hate sin and to love righteousness as You do.
Grant me a deeper conviction of sin
and a more thorough spirit of repentance.
And make me holy as You are holy.
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 1 Thess. 5:23-24