Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Committed to the Pursuit of Holiness

Holiness, Day by Day by Jerry Bridges is an absolutely fantastic book to read devotionally. I read it alongside of my daily Bible reading. I wanted to share something with you that I read the other day. I pray it convicts your heart as it did mine!



"...When we commit ourselves to the pursuit of holiness, we need to ensure that our commitment is actually to God, not simply to a holy lifestyle or a set of moral values. The people of my parent's generation were generally honest, chaste, sober, and thrifty. They were committed to those values, but they were not necessarily committed to God. Many of them were outstanding moralists and even church people, but they were not committed to God. They were committed to their values, not to God. 

As believers we need to be careful that we don't make a similar mistake. We can be committed to a set of Christian values or to a lifestyle of discipleship without being committed to God Himself. But Paul said to offer yourselves to God, and in doing that commit yourselves to the pursuit of holiness in order to please Him."

~Jerry Bridges p.115 Holiness, Day by Day
(emphasis mine!)

How easy is it to try to live "right" but not being doing it truly for the Lord and His glory? We can be wonderfully moral people but if we aren't pursuing holiness to please Christ....then that "moral living" has done nothing for us. Let's make sure we are living a life pleasing to God...all for Him and not just to be *good*. Because without Him, even all our good deeds are as filthy rags.


Thanks for stopping by friends. I know my readership has gone down a lot because of my lack of posting...but unlike a lot of people...I don't use my blog as a money maker. I don't have ads on my blog and don't earn money when people visit me here. So, it's just a simple online journal that sometimes I just lack the time to address. I always intend to do better....but just don't post as much as I would like. :) I pray you found encouragement here if the Lord brought you by today! I'd love to hear from you if you want to leave a comment! 

I gotta get going! Xavier has a physical in less than an hour (so he can get his driver's permit....but we also have to reapply for a social security card for him...argh...we have all of our family's except his for some reason. It has gotten itself lost. So...trying to get things done so he can take the test asap. He's so excited! He turns 16 next week!). 

Have a lovely rest of your week! 
Cheerfully,
Katy

Linked up at: A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

14 comments:

  1. Katy, I always love reading your blog even when you don't post often. Thanks for sharing.

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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  2. I love the thoughts you're sharing here! It's easy to get caught up in the culture and customs of a church and lose sight of God. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Yes, you are so right! Thank you for visiting Dianna! :)

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  3. Hello, Katy!
    Just found your blog and was so encouraged by your post. I look forward to reading more!
    Blessings,
    Amber

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    1. Hello Amber! I'm so glad you stopped by! I hope you are well and it is wonderful to *meet* you! :o)

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  4. Congratulations to your soon-to-be driver!!!! It's a big step. I'm sure he will be a good one.

    Same here... I never sell anything on my blog. Nor do I have any adds. They do not make me happy, when they pop up on the blogs of others.

    Don't see the necessity of having them. How much money can they make????????? Is it worth irritating the nice people who do come by and read? Just my humble opinion. :-)

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  5. Hi Katy,
    Thank you for sharing your devotional reading with us, it does sound like a wonderful book :) I know what you mean about intending to write a blog post, but then life just happens..that sounds like me. I also write just to share things on my heart and to record my days. Blessings to you ~ Linda

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  6. Hi Katy, I'm a long time reader of your blog and have always enjoyed it. I especially like when you post about spiritual blessings and cozy pictures of your home. Your writing has always reminded me of the blog Eyes of Wonder. Jewels was such a sweet woman and I still miss her so much! :'( I'm sure a lot of people do. I just want to encourage you to keep writing as you are able because your love for the Lord, your family, and home shines through, and is a blessing to many, I'm sure. God bless you!

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  7. I haven't visited here in a long time, but always enjoy reading your posts. I love what you shared about the pursuit of holiness. Good to hear you and your family are doing well!

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  8. My granddaughter is also 13. And I have my 50th yes 50th high school reunion this year in September.

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  9. My granddaughter is also 13. And I have my 50th yes 50th High School Reunion in September. I am still amazed by that.

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  10. Hi Katy, Its me Joann here in Idaho. Didn't know how else to get a hold of you, I had a problem a few months back with my email so I know am using another email. I could not find your email so figured I would you a comment and maybe you could find time just to email me back so I will get your email. I am getting a new washer and dryer this coming Saturday. They are delivering them, any way I think they are the same one you got a while back.The brand is whirlpool and I think the model is a cabrio. I liked the fact that it doesn't have an agitator.my new email is messyjo@outlook.com

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I am always so grateful to read your comments! I thank you for the time you took to visit and share your thoughts with me. :o)
May you enter as a stranger and leave as a friend!
Warmly, Katy