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Holy Boldness – The Ultimate Steps to Joyful Holiness

If you missed them, the first two posts in this 3-part series on Holiness, or Holy Boldness, were called “Holy Boldness: 3 Easy First Steps, with 7 More Helpful Ideas to Follow” and “Holy Boldness – Renouncing Lies that Prevent Our Being Holy.” You may want to read them first, or after, this post. Steps 1 to 3 cited scriptures about God’s command to Be Holy, and how that is possible! Steps 4 to 6 were about dispelling lies that hold you back from being holy. Continuing where that left off . . .

7. Spend time in God’s Presence.

Being consciously in the Divine Presence reminds us that we have a God of abundance who will never run out of resources, provision, solutions, riches, and vast stores of Love. We can receive all that to the extent that we believe we will! [Phil. 4:19; 2 Cor. 5:7; Jesus Calling, May 17, p. 144.] This is a spiritual antidote to the media’s focus on lack, powerlessness, hate, and intolerance. 

And there are many ways to experience Divine Presence: meditating on and studying scripture, praying and journaling, working your dreams, being still and knowing God while doing nothing else at all or during your creative process, appreciating God in nature, doing your favorite devotions, participating in worship, receiving Communion, and more. With consistent time in God’s Presence, you will know in your heart the depth of God’s love for you and the reality of the 23rd Psalm: that the Lord is your shepherd; there is nothing you shall want; that the Lord guides you in right paths; that even though you walk in the dark valley, you fear no evil; and that God is at your side and gives you courage.

Though co-equal with God the Father and Jesus the Son, the Holy Spirit is often passed over or ignored—a big mistake! “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” [2 Corinthians 3:17]. And not only is the Holy Spirit the sanctifier, it’s the Spirit who shows us Jesus. So, having a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit is the crucial, essential, and primary aspect of Christian life. Billy Graham said, “Many people have come to Christ as the result of my participation in presenting the Gospel to them. It’s ALL the work of the Holy Spirit.” [See Unbound Ministry Guidebook (2014) by Neal and Matthew Lozano.] In John 16:7, Jesus told us it was better for us that He was going away because that was a prerequisite for the Holy Spirit coming to us! The Spirit is called our Counselor, Advocate, the Lord, the Giver of Life. 

The Holy Spirit is also the one who: 

strengthens us and gives us incredible gifts (wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, and reverence . . . Isaiah 11:2);

produces delightful fruits in us (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control . . . Galatians 5:22-23);

empowers us to witness, minister and serve, with certain gifts to some and other gifts to others (such as the ability to give wise advice or special words of knowledge, great faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophesy, discernment of spirits, and speaking or interpreting unknown languages . . . 1 Corinthians 12:8-10)

So, if you haven’t felt the tangible Presence of the Holy Spirit in your life, I urge you to pray for it! Contact me if you’d like to set up a call for me to help you pray for the Holy Spirit to come into your life in a fuller way (even though you may have already been baptized and confirmed).

Step 8. Resolve to love yourself because self-neglect is a sign that you’re spiritually off-course.

If you think caring for yourself is selfish, think again, because that’s an evil and deadly lie. It’s not selfish: (1) to want to feel worthy as a daughter of God; (2) to believe you can be holy; (3) to hope to live out your heart’s desires; and (4) to love and honor your body as a temple of the Holy Spirit. Through Jesus, we are adopted daughters and co-heirs—so worthiness is not something we’ve earned by doing, but rather, who we are by virtue of Whose we are! God created us and declared us very good! Jesus died to redeem our sinful nature, to set us free, and to be able to send us the sanctifier, the Holy Spirit, who dwells within us as holy temples. Moreover, Ephesians 2:10 assures us that we (“God’s handiwork”) were created in Christ Jesus for a plan God designed in advance for us to do with his blessing and guidance, and that when we use our gifts, we are not only living out our heart’s desires but helping God to fulfill his divine plan!

When asked which was the greatest commandment, Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” [Matthew 22: 36-40.]

Of paramount spiritual importance, self-love pertains not only to the spirit but also to the body, including rest, play, respect, and opportunities for creativity (since we’re made in the image and likeness of the Great Creator). Neglecting self-care is a warning that something is spiritually amiss. It’s NOT a sign of holiness! [~“How To Love Yourself,” by Jim Scully (Dove Publications, Pecos, NM).] Commit to caring for your mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. Don’t keep self-care on the back burner.

Step 9. Know we’re not in this alone: Christ lives in us and we in him, forming a union in which God’s indwelling Spirit makes God’s supernatural holiness alive in us.

The concept of holiness as taught by the founder of Hasidism in the 1700s related to having an “instinct for the holiness of existence.” The man performed wonders and proclaimed a mysticism of the everyday, teaching that within each task and each moment, there’s a spark of the divine. Therefore, he suggested that we have a responsibility to discover and fulfill the potential holiness embedded in our ordinary existence. [~Give Us This Day, May 23, 2016, p. 240]. Inspirational!

And that was without Jesus! Through faith in Jesus, Ephesians 3:12 says we can speak with greater boldness and confidence—that is, with the Holy Boldness that’s in the title of this series of blog posts! 

With Christ and the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, God’s holiness shines in and through us. [See “Holy to the Core,” by Joel Scandrett, Ph.D., Drew University, May 9, 2007, www.christianitytoday.com.] The Lord is the fountain of life and with the Lord, in the light of the Lord, we also see light despite the darkness all around [see Psalm 36:10].

Being holy means we’re all in with God: we know that all we have is from God and that our lives are to be directed toward God. Indeed, the Bible encourages Christians to allow their conduct and thinking to be governed by a sense of their own holiness [1 Peter 1:13-16]. When we yield and cooperate with this, God’s Super is added to our Natural!

Step 10.  Connect with other believers for support, power, and encouragement.

Yes, we live in a world with violence, division, poverty, hate, confusion, secularism, and faithlessness—probably not unlike the world of the Old Testament. It’s not and never has been easy to keep the faith or to proclaim it boldly on our own. But nothing’s impossible with God, and as the Body of Christ, together, we’re on God’s Olympic team to be vessels for God to accomplish gold medal feats in a world that’s crying out for the spirit of holiness! God has trained you and me to run the race and calls on each of us to help him carry the banner of love!

To be a part of that effort, whether for your own peace of mind and spiritual growth or to help God in some service he’s calling you to assist in, you may need some reinforcement of what’s important! You may need a retreat, some new spiritual practices, some guidance from your dreams, spiritual coaching or spiritual direction, some spiritual detoxing through a ministry like Unbound, an inspirational class or book, and/or you may need to give yourself permission to honor your creativity in order to feel more whole, more hopeful . . . and more holy. I invite you to pray about that, and if your prayer confirms it, to give yourself a booster shot of what I like to call “Spiritivity,” (Spirit + creativity) in whichever form appeals to you most, as prompted or confirmed by the Holy Spirit.

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