“How do we grow in holiness?” October 7

 

How do people end up pulled down into so much darkness? How does a habitual liar become one? And by contrast how do we grow in holiness?How do people end up pulled down into so much darkness? How does a habitual liar become one or any other life dominating sin become a way of life? And by contrast how do we grow in holiness?

 

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 65 & 66
Psalm 116.1-4
Proverbs 26.28
Philippians 2.1-30

 

How do we grow in holiness?

 

Proverbs 26.28:

Walking in Sin or Growing in Holiness

“A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.”

Lies hurt people! But an outright lie is not the only way to “lie.”

When we deceive or when we twist the truth to suit our purposes or to justify our behavior or to make ourselves look good or to gain sympathy, it’s lying just as surely as if we make up a tale out of whole cloth.

An even bigger problem with lying is that, like all sin, it leads to more lying and more sin of every kind. Paul said that lawlessness leads to further lawlessness (Rom. 6.19).

As we see here in Proverbs 26.28, lying is a form of hatred. 1 John 2.11 says:

“But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”

Just as all sin leads us into darkness, that darkness affects our ability to think and reason and make clear decisions, “the darkness has blinded [our] eyes.”

Pre-marital and extra-marital sex, for example, often affects people’s ability to recognize a bad, even dangerous, relationship.

Drunkards and addicts are often blinded to their problems. Many will say, “I can quit any time I want,” while they destroy their careers, their families, and their reputations.

Angry people often feel completely justified in their anger and abuse. Everyone else is to blame.

And just as sin leads to more sin and blindness, when we turn to God and walk in obedience, it leads to a growth in holiness. Romans 6.18-19:

18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.

 

How do people end up pulled down into so much darkness? How does a habitual liar become one? And by contrast how do we grow in holiness?

 

Today’s Other Readings:

 

Isaiah 65 & 66:

He found me!

Verse 1, “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation that was not called by My name.”

We often say, “I found God,” but the truth is, it’s always Him who “finds” us!  Continue reading