Has holiness gotten a grip on you yet?

We understand everything when we see it as a means of obtaining more of Christ. Whether it is easy of difficult to deal with, God has purposed it to make us conscious of His greatness. He infuses life that perfects our soul, causing our entire beings to be delighted beyond the power of anything bound up in the life of this earth.

Wicked desires subvert my desires for God — so I pray that God would not permit them to be fulfilled.

We should not fear or question God’s judgment — it brings repentance and righteousness to mankind that we all so desperately need. Even if we claim to not be in the wrong, we are still blessed by the repentance of others.

Every ounce of it is the measure of God’s divine and uncompromising justice brought into contact with we who so desperately need its correction. We only learn the beauty and blessing of it when we see how much it is necessary.

Why is God’s justice so severe — why is He so intent on dealing with our sin? These are good questions, but instead we should consider a more pertinent one: Could we want anything less?

When we consider our sin and the destruction and devastation to body, mind and spirit — how it separates us from God — is it any wonder that God would condemn it and then send His Son to receive that condemnation so that we can live beyond it?

Our world is hard enough to live in with all this evil around us and sin within us — why should we feel like we have to defend ourselves against the One who has acted in love toward us because of His holiness and love?

When we are fully in the arms of God, nothing that comes up or will not cease but continues in our lives should be able to separate us from our one Chief Delight. Christ has saved us and makes us one with Him — do you see any error or devious agenda in that?

If not, then you should not worry for what would become of us in these things — God accepts all our brokenness as worship if we will only offer it to Him. Why should we try to hide from Him who we are? We need to Him to know us and act for us!

Father, set a guard over us and reveal to us all the things that we can’t believe (the lies we cannot act on as truth) because we follow You. For I forfeit all Your good and holiness if I choose evil.

God, come close. Come quickly! Open your ears—it’s my voice you’re hearing!
Treat my prayer as sweet incense rising;
my raised hands are my evening prayers.

Post a guard at my mouth, God,
set a watch at the door of my lips.
Don’t let me so much as dream of evil
or thoughtlessly fall into bad company.
And these people who only do wrong—
don’t let them lure me with their sweet talk!

May the Just One set me straight,
may the Kind One correct me,
Don’t let sin anoint my head.
I’m praying hard against their evil ways!
Oh, let their leaders be pushed off a high rock cliff;
make them face the music.
Like a rock pulverized by a maul,
let their bones be scattered at the gates of hell.

But God, dear Lord,
I only have eyes for you.
Since I’ve run for dear life to you,
take good care of me.
Protect me from their evil scheming,
from all their demonic subterfuge.
Let the wicked fall flat on their faces,
while I walk off without a scratch.

Psalm 141

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