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Holiness Comes Before Happiness: Holiness IS Happiness

Weekly Devotionals

Holiness Comes Before Happiness: Holiness IS Happiness

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You want Me to solve your problems, but you don’t know what your worst problem is, the one responsible for all the others.  You don’t yet realize that distance from Me is the most lethal problem you have.  You assume we’re doing just fine together while you run off trying to make life work for you.  And you expect Me to cooperate.  When you read Leviticus, notice that I never solve anyone’s secondary problems.  In all those verses about skin infection, for example, I never prescribed ointment or simply cured the disease, which I easily could have done.  I simply told people they couldn’t enter My Presence with an oozing sore.  The issue was worship and intimacy with Me, not health, wealth, or personal comfort. – From 66 Love Letters, Chapter 3 (Leviticus), by Larry Crab

He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace – 2 Timothy 1:9

You shall be holy, for I am holy – 1 Peter 1:15-16

Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy – Leviticus 19:2

Lately, I’ve been reflecting a lot on the word holy.  Throughout my life, I think I’ve avoided the word mainly because it’s been tainted by the colloquial use such as “holier than thou”.  I don’t want to be seen as “holier than thou” nor do I want to cast judgement on anyone else.  Nevertheless, Scripture is clear – both in the New and Old Testaments – we are called to be holy.  So, what does it mean?  How can we be holy?  Is this even possible?

As the excerpt from Larry Crab’s book says, the issue is worship and intimacy with our Father.  We love others, other things, even “holy” things more than Him. Sometimes we trust and depend more on the gifts He’s given us rather than the Giver.  What in your life do you seek or love more than God?  I hope you can spend some time with God this week, in His holy presence and you will know the meaning of holy. The amazing thing will be is that through Christ, we will be holy too.