My New Word Focus in 2015: Holiness

I’m ready for a new word focus for 2015.

Throughout 2014, I focused on the word “wonder” in relation to God—awe and wonder over who our Lord is and how our reverence for Him can affect our worship, worth, wisdom, walk, work, words, wealth and witness.

In the process, God spoke to my heart about personal holiness. One verse in particular drove my thoughts: ". . . You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16, ESV).

The Lord reminded me that I am His, and as His child, I need to resemble Him in love, kindness, patience, so many things. And yes, especially in holiness. God is working in my life to make me more like Jesus (sanctifying me, setting me apart—John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23), but I must cooperate with Him and pursue holiness as well. 

In 2014, I became part of a conversation with a group of women who discussed their dismay over so  many Christian women who compromise in regard to holiness—sometimes by what they watch on television or at the theater, sometimes in the books they devour. Like them, I was heartbroken by the state of much of the American church.

"You shall be holy, for I am holy."
I wanted to be sure I understood what “holy” means in the mind of God, so I looked up scriptures on the topic; and then I started reading books.

I read The Pursuit of Holiness (Jerry Bridges), Humility: The Beauty of Holiness (Andrew Murray), and, for the third time, Seeking Him (Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Tim Grissom). I re-read Kathy Howard’s Before His Throne, which has a strong emphasis on God’s holy nature and love and how He purifies those who “fear” Him. I am currently reading Rediscovering Holiness (J.I. Packer), a book that reminds me how timely this focus is.

I’m beginning a year-long journey with the Lord, asking the Spirit of God to be my teacher regarding holiness.

I don’t want this to be about legalism or lists, but rather a longing to “be holy” in my heart. I want to be more like Jesus. I want to please my Heavenly Father. To be holy as an expression of gratitude for all He has done for me.

I’ve been blessed to be a part of a revival ministry for many years (off and on since the early 70s) and “seasons of refreshing” have come. But I’ve discovered an important truth:

No matter our position in life, God keeps on calling us to holiness. More holiness. Deeper holiness. A heart overflowing with holiness. And we respond—with fluctuating passion—at different stages of our walk with Him.
I'm asking God for more passion to be holy. Will you join me?
I’m beginning my journey with a concentrated effort throughout January.
More about that tomorrow . . . . 


ComeHaveaPeace said...

I love how God has planted this in your heart for this coming year!

Dawn Wilson said...

It really is going to be an adventure with God!