God's Roses Newsletter 5-20-10
Be Ye Holy
 
Over and over again, God told the children of Isreal that He wanted them to, "Be ye holy for I am Holy." (Exodus 19:6; Leviticus 11:44-45; Leviticus 19:2)

Over and over again in the New Testiment, we are told to be Holy. (Ephesians 1:4; Ephesians 5:27; Colossians 1:22; Heb 12:10, 14; I Peter 1:15; I Peter 2:9;)  The older women are to teach the younger women to be holy. I Timothy 3. I believe that Holiness is something that is lacking in most churches. And it is very important. When God says, "Be ye holy for I am holy" He is saying that, since He is holy, and we are representatives of Him, to this lost and dying world, we must be holy. Christian means, "Christ like." The disciples were called, "Christians" because they were "Minature Christ's" to the people who were trying to get rid of Christ. Now, Christian is somehow the term everyone wants to be called. We have lost the meaning of Christ living in and through us, and are no longer mini Christs.
This is only a few ideas, but maybe it will encourage you to do your own study on Holiness, and figure out how God wants you to be.
I believe that in order to be holy, we must do a few things.
1.) H - Humble
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." James 4:10
I've heard it said many times, "Humble yourself before God has to humble you." When God has to humble us, it is a very painful thing. To humble yourself, willingly bow yourself before the Lord, not before other people. Humility is not real, if it is done with the intent of others seeing it.
It does no good to decide to be holy, and then boast about it. That is how the Pharasees were.
2.) O - Obedient
We should obey the commandments of the Lord. We also should be obeying the people who are over us. We all have someone over us. If we are single, it should be our Dad, or our Pastor. If married, your husband.
There is the President/king, whether we like it or not, unless he/she is telling us to do something strictly against God's Word, we are to obey them. They are put there by God. He is in control.
3.) L - Listen
Listen for God's will, or the opportunities He provides for us to minister to others. Listen for the opportunities to witness to people. Listen for the chances to give to people.
4.) Y - Yearn
Yearn for the Lord's return, it is imminent. It is our job to be watching for the Lord to come. Many will ask, and are asking, where the promises of His return are. We should know where the promises are. We should know the signs of the times. We should know that it will happen. We should be watching for Him to come.
Yearn for souls to be saved. We are the ones who are supposed to be praying for them, and witnessing to them. We should be doing everything we can to reach them before it is too late.
 
 

Prayer Requests
 
Angie Vogelpohl - missionary's wife to Scotland. Injured in serious car accident.
 
President Obama - making decisions for the country.
 
Millitary personal
 
Pastors all across the world.
 
Missionaries all over the world.

Kim Scherer  - Assistant Pastor's wife - Cancer

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