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Free to See His Holiness

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But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

1 Peter 2:9-10


However unfamiliar we find the images of thunder and smoke at the mountain in Exodus 19, this is the truth of God’s greatness, holiness, and glory – that in our own weakness we are utterly unworthy and unable to come near. It is only by receiving his mercy we can come close to Him. Look at the precious words God speaks to his people at Mt. Sinai: “You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession” (Exodus 19:4-5). The passage in 2 Peter says that if you have given yourself to Jesus, God speaks the same words of love-binding covenant and calling over you.  He does not just tolerate you; he treasures you, delights in you and calls you chosen, his possession. He does not ask you to be dull, lonely, religious, judgmental or silent, as some misunderstandings of holiness would make you think. Instead, he has given you the Holy Spirit to put his own character in you, a new, clean heart to love him extravagantly and imitate him. To be set apart as holy does not mean we should hide away together in a religious ghetto. Instead, we are to love the world and the people around us selflessly, with God’s passionate love.  As a royal priesthood, you are called to stand between Jesus and those who don’t know him; to carry his presence to others, and to carry them to him in prayer.

So then, as God’s beloved people, chosen to receive life from the holy God, rather than being controlled by our own desires and the patterns of living of everyone else around us, what does his holiness look like? We have been saved from the condemnation of being unable to live the Ten Commandments in our own strength. By the forgiveness of the cross and the Holy Spirit in us, we are freed to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. The Ten Commandments are not the way to earn his love, but rather, because he has first loved us, we get to love him by walking in his life-giving ways and reflecting his holy heart to the world.


Weekly Prayer Focus
Pray 1 Peter 9-10
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession,
that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;
once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Pray that you, and those you are praying for, would know hear God’s loving words over you and that these words would define you and lead you. Pray that this will be your new identity and you and they will give praises to Jesus who has called you out of darkness and intolight. Pray that you and they will live out a life in the Holy Spirit as God’s chosen, holy possession reflecting his character and that you will stand as a priesthood before God, pleading for those who don’t know Jesus and representing him to them.


Summer Resource Links

You still have the opportunity to hear Linda Boyette speak to the women of Hartsville, Ohio at their summer retreat. Follow the link to hear Linda’s messages. This link is still available for a limited time. Click here for Linda’s messages


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About Fiona

A former missionary to Tanzania, Fiona is the Founding Director of the Esther Project, a ministry dedicated to helping young women in Africa be beautiful in Christ and take a stand for God in their generation. Fiona has written numerous Bible Studies, and currently leads small groups and a weekly Titus Women Bible Study.

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