June 4, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

June 4, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

Holiness?   JOY!

What do you think of when you think of holiness? Perhaps joyless, uptight, quiet, or even austere.   Perhaps you might even think that a person is no fun, otherworldly or untouchable, distant and cold in manner.  Is the idea of being holy, a burden to you?

Psalm 45:7 “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”

1 Peter 1:15-16 “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

When you say to someone that you are praying for them, do they feel you are insinuating that you are holier than they or that you want them to be like you? 

Perhaps it is because you have experienced the joy of holiness and want them to have that same peace  and gladness in their hearts. That you too have struggled with sin and indeed you are not ‘holier than thou’, but that you have indeed experienced God’s wonderful grace (unmerited favor), something you did not deserve.

The world wants us to believe that joy can be found in indulging in impurity and staying clear of righteousness.  Quite to the contrary, the real joy comes from a deep desire and determination to stay as far from sin as you can. Sin will drag you down and steal the wonderful peace and joy that is available to you in Christ.

As a born again child of God, He wants you to enjoy the sweetness of holiness as you walk with your heavenly Father and as you enjoy His presence in your life. Rejoice in the fact that He has shown you mercy and as you submit to Him he will give you clean hands and a pure heart and a clear conscience as you stand before the Lord unashamed.

“The awesome holiness of God that put Isaiah on his face  (Is. 6) becomes the holiness of God that puts the people of God on their feet — with hands raised in joyful praise. (Isaiah 126)    We do live in holy fear, but we don’t live facedown in the temple. We fear God in a way that leads us to raise our hands in joyful praise and glad confidence.”             -Tony Reinke.    desiringgod.org 

Why do we choose guilt over JOY?    Let us stand tall and love what God loves.

Is. 35:10  And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

April 10, 2016,   Jane’s Heart to Heart    …Pastor’s Help Mate

On Friday,  David Jeremiah shared a story his teacher used to tell in one of his college classes.  There was a little boy who was sailing his little boat and it got out of reach.  He was pretty sad when a man came along and asked why he was crying.  Then he told the boy he would be glad to help him.   He picked up some rocks and began to throw  the rocks one at a time, at the little boat and when the little boy questioned him about throwing rocks at his boat the man told him to just wait and watch.   The man keep throwing the rocks just beyond the boat and gradually the ripples that the rocks made in the water began to push the boat closer and closer to shore.  When the little boy joyfully retrieved his little sail boat the man reminded the little boy that sometimes it looks like God is throwing rocks at you, when he really is just trying to get you back home. Sometimes God needs to send rocks our way to get us closer to him.

The News, FaceBook, Twitter and basic conversations are focused on caustic dissension and problems. Worldliness has taken the place of Godliness. It is immensely important that we as Christians began again to adorn ourselves with the doctrine of our God and Saviour. (Titus 2:10 (KJV) “Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” (def.not stealing).

Being lovely and beautiful in our daily habits and temper, has been far too much overlooked.  People in  the world rightly complain that people who claim Christ are often worse than those who make no claims to  Christianity.

Sound Doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life.  It is actually harmful. It is considered unreal and hollow and causes contempt.  Satan knows well the power of true holiness and the injury which true attention to it can do to his kingdom. We are therefore pleasing satan when we choose the world rather than the leading of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps all the evil around us will  stir a desire in us to search the Scriptures, pray more and become more diligent in trying to find out what “the mind of the Spirit” is. 

Galatians 2:20 (KJV) “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

I am sure you have heard the line,  “I can’t do anything without my coffee?”  What about my filling of the Holy Spirit.  Look at the Sermon on the Mount.  Mat. 5….this afternoon or look at the later Epistles of Paul. to see what the Christian’s priorities should be. With the emphasis on prayer we need to keep in mind  Psalm 37:4  “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” 

Can we truly expect an answer to prayer without the prerequisite of “Delighting in Him” more important than what big event is coming up in our lives,  where we are going on  vacation, or our next “cup of coffee”,  Help us, Lord!

“The chief danger that confronts

the coming century will be

religion without the Holy Ghost,

Christianity without Christ,

forgiveness without repentance,

salvation without regeneration,

politics without God,

heaven without hell.”

― William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army 1829-1912.