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For His Glory!


Holiness Does Matter

Proverbs 25:26 If the godly give in to the wicked, it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.

Why is there a need for holiness?

Is it ok to celebrate holidays that originated in paganism?

What if error has an element of truth?

Are we free to act, think, and express our own opinions?

Does what we do matter to YHVH?


Command to be holy:

Last time we looked at what Peter wrote about being holy. Holiness is a subject weaved throughout Scripture. Paul also gives us the instruction: "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (Romans 12:1), a postscript for chapters 12-15. This holy sacrifice of oneself is "…so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (v-2)" If you are looking for what the will of God is and further direction on how to be holy, as YHVH is Holy, read what the apostle Paul writes in these chapters.

Consider this thread of Holiness as we consider our need to be holy (set apart, consecrated, and dedicated to YHVH).

Easton: Holiness - in the highest sense belongs to God (Isa. 6:3; Rev. 15:4), and to Christians as consecrated to God's service, and in so far as they are conformed in all things to the will of God (Rom. 6:19, 22; Eph. 1:4; Titus 1:8; 1 Pet. 1:15). Personal holiness is a work of gradual development. It is carried on under many hindrances, hence the frequent admonitions to watchfulness, prayer, and perseverance (1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 7:1; Eph. 4:23, 24).



Referring to Babylon:

I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; Revelation 18:4

0894 Babel or Babylon = "confusion (by mixing)"

Here we are told to come out of the system that is called Babylon. When YHVH’s truth is mixed with the error we have confusion, Babylon.

Paul writes:

1 Corinthians 5: 9-11 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler-not even to eat with such a one.

Ephesians 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him


YHVH says:

Genesis 17: 1 … "I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless. (complete, perfect)

Leviticus 20: 7-8 ‘You shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I am the LORD your God. ‘You shall keep My statutes and practice them; I am the LORD who sanctifies you.


06942 qadash: 1f1) to keep oneself apart or separate


06942 qadash: 1a1) to be set apart, be consecrated

Yeshua adds:

Matthew 5: 48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


Do not mix YHVH’s truth with the world’s customs:

Leviticus 20:22-23 … ‘Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I will drive out before you

What then is holy?

Romans 7:12 So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.



Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled And grieved His Holy Spirit; Therefore He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them.

Ezekiel 22:26 "Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.


What is to be done:

Ezekiel 44:23 "Moreover, they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. (Yes there is a difference and we must know what it is.)

Micah 6: 8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; what does YHVH require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your Elohim?

Re 22:11 "… and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy."


What makes the difference?

John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things…

1Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

1Jo 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.


Why be Holy?

Isaiah 62:12 And they will call them, "The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD…

Ephesians 5:27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.


YHVH is Holy:

Revelation 15:4 "Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy…"


"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain. (Exodus 20: 7)


There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.(Proverbs 16: 25)

We should say:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. (Psalm 139:23-24)


Holiness matters!


Proverbs 16:20 He who gives attention to the word will find good, And blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.

No matter how hard we strive for holiness apart from the Word of Elohim we will fail. For it is the Holy Word, the Holy Spirit that enables us to be consecrated, set apart, for our calling in Yeshua.

Saying (s)

"There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best." Doris Lessing

From the very beginning we have deluded ourselves, thinking that there may be another way other than what our Creator revealed to us. We have His word on it. Why do we think we know a better way? Why do we think anything but the Holy Way is the Only Way?

Yeshua says not second best:

Matthew 5: 48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Bible Quiz
  1. On the day of Pentecost, where was Yeshua’ mother?
  2. Which minor prophet was associated with Haggai in stimulating the people to resume and complete work on the temple?
  3. Of what country was Jehoshaphat King?
  4. What two words express the Corinthian opinion of Paul’s letters?
  5. Upon how many bulls did the Sea of Cast Bronze stand in Solomon’s temple?
  6. Name the man in Acts who used sorcery and amazed the people?
  7. Who said, "I baptize you with water for repentance"?


In our pursuit of humility:

"Second is the reality that external teaching and personal effort are powerless to conquer pride or create the meek and lowly heart in a person. For three years the disciples had been in the training school of Jesus. He had told them what the main lesson was that He wished to teach them: "Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart" (Matthew 11:29). … To teach them and us the lesson that no outward instruction, not even of Christ himself; no argument, however convincing; no sense of the beauty of humility, however deep; no personal resolve or effort, however sincere and earnest, can cast out pride. … Nothing works but this: that the new nature in its divine humility be revealed in power to take the place of the old - to become our true nature. " Andrew Murray

No matter how hard we try to obtain a holy status it cannot be achieved without being imbued by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. A new holy nature replacing the prideful, old nature. In all humility let us desire to bear the nature of the Holy One. (1Peter 1:15-16)

Did you know:

The need for holiness

(exerted form Wikipedia)

Holiness Movement:

The Holiness Movement in Christianity is a movement which teaches that the carnal nature of humanity can be cleansed through faith and by the power of the Holy Spirit if one has had his sins forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ. The benefits professed include spiritual power and an ability to maintain purity of heart (that is, thoughts and motives that are uncorrupted by sin). The doctrine is typically referred to in Holiness churches as entire sanctification or Christian perfection.


In the context of the Holiness Movement, the first concept is necessary to salvation and without it no amount of human effort can achieve holiness. People are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ who died for human sins.

The second concept refers to a personal experience after regeneration, in which one dedicates oneself fully to God, and is empowered by the Holy Spirit to lead a more holy life. Some Holiness groups teach that one can lead a sinless life, properly defined, but others teach that one becomes gradually more holy after this second spiritual experience.

The third concept refers to an innate knowledge within the individual who has been regenerated or sanctified, with the evidence of gifts of the Holy Spirit, that the spiritual grace has indeed taken place. This is sometimes described as receiving the Holy Spirit or "assurance of salvation."

The fourth concept is that of living a holy life. Most Holiness people interpret this as living a life free of willful sin or the practice of sin. The motive is to live a Christ-like life, to be conformed to the image of Christ and not the world. Since holiness is the supernatural work of a transformed heart by the Holy Spirit, many Holiness churches are careful to follow moral principles and what they perceive as the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Most followers of the Holiness Movement believe as Christ said, that love fulfills the entire law of God.

Holiness groups tend to oppose antinomianism, which is a theological framework which states God's law is done away with. Holiness groups believe the moral aspects of the law of God are pertinent for today, inasmuch as the law was completed in Christ. This position does attract opposition from some Evangelicals, who charge that such an attitude refutes or slights Reformation (particularly Calvinist) teachings that believers are justified by grace through faith and not through any efforts or states of mind on their part, that the effects of original sin remain even in the most faithful of souls. … modern-day liberal Protestant groups tend to ignore or downplay the doctrine in favor of social concerns and more recent expressions of theology and practice.


The roots of the Holiness Movement are as follows:

Lighter Side

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard; I could tell
from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was
well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head;
he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the
hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious I pinned a note to his collar: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: 'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep.    Can I come with him tomorrow?

Commentary on Life

Doesn’t add up :
We had to have the garage door repaired.  The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener.  I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower.  He shook his head and said, 'Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.'  I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4.  He said, 'NO, it's not.'  Four is larger than two..'   

My daughter and I went through fast food take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill.  Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter.  She said, 'you gave me too much money.'  I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back.'   She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request.  I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said 'We're sorry but they could not do that kind of thing.'  The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1 and 75 cents in change.  
Deer Crossing
I live in a semi rural area.  We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road.  The reason: 'Too many deer are being hit by cars out here!   I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.' 

From Kingman , KS 

Surprise :
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, 'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?'   To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?'   He smiled knowingly and nodded, 
'That's why we ask.'
Happened in Birmingham , Ala. 

At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker.  She was leaving the company due to 'downsizing.'  Our manager commented cheerfully, 'This is fun.  We should do this more often.'  Not another word was spoken.  We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare. 
This was a lunch at Texas Instruments . 
Completing the Circuit
I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the sake of her life, couldn't understand why her system would not turn on. 
A deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff's office, no less.   

Half Done:

When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it.  We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver's side door.  As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked.  'Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'its open!'  His reply, 'I know.  I already got that side.'
This was at the Ford dealership in Canton , Mississippi


Think back on how you celebrated your last Memorial Day.

In case we find ourselves starting to believe all the anti-American sentiment and negativity, we should remember England's Prime Minister Tony Blair's words during a recent interview. When asked by one of his Parliament members why he believes so much in America, he said: "A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in... And how many want out."


Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:

1. Jesus Christ

2. The American G. I.

One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.


I might Add Yeshua died for our freedom as well.


I would plant trees today even if I knew for certain that the world would end tomorrow. - Balbir Mathur

The hereafter is what we’re here after.

Be prepared to spend an hour with anyone who asks, "Got a minute?"

No rule of success will work if you don’t.

The world’s poorest person is one who has nothing but money.

The world’s greatest source of waterpower is a woman’s tears.

The best thing to spend on your children is your time.

A person is no bigger than the things that annoy him or her.

People who mind their own business usually have good ones.

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Quiz Answers

1. In the upstairs room with the disciples and others - Acts 1:13-14

2. Zechariah - Ezra 5:1; 6:14

3. Judah - 1 Kings 22:2

4. Weighty and forceful - 2 Corinthians 10:10

5. Twelve - 1 Kings 7:23-25

6. Simon - Acts 8:9

7. John the Baptist - Matthew 3:11