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Called to be holy

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Today's Text: 1 Peter 1:13-16, Romans 12:1-3

Text:  1 Peter 1:13-16, Romans 12:1-3

Peter is one of those Biblical figures that I just get. He’s just living his life, doing his thing, working hard at what he does, when he encounters Christ.  And then everything changes. Because Jesus doesn’t just see Simon Peter as a hard-working fisherman, crusty, focused on the tasks he’s got on his own horizon and, more than likely, a little smelly. Jesus sees him as a rock. A fisher of men. Jesus sees Peter as holy.

When Peter writes in 1 Peter, we get the advantage of knowing his story. We know he himself wasn’t always prepared for action (1 Peter 1:13a, NIV). We know he himself has lived in ignorance (1 Peter 1:14, NIV). And we can believe him when he says we too can receive grace and be holy in all that we do (1 Peter 1:16, NIV), even when we fall short, as we know Peter himself did.

The Lord doesn’t call us to be something we cannot be. We cannot be perfect.  But we can be set apart, just as Peter was, despite his crusty, smelly, self-interested ways. Being holy, though, has less to do with being without fault and more to do with the state of our heart once we’ve come to know Christ. We can intentionally cast our nets, steer our boat and ask Him to wash off as much of our stink as we possibly can with the resolve to invest our lives in the work of His kingdom.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  (Romans 12:2, NIV)

Jesus raised the bar for Peter, and He raises the bar for us. He wants to be your all in all, in every part of your life.

All you have to do is let Him help you out of your stinky boat.

 

  • So I just started yesterday, but I'm taking time to try and catch up….I know this go round may not be as meaningful, but I'm so excited about joining a network of women who are hungry for the truth and reading it along side one another. Verses 15 & 16 have always jumped off the page to me. I don't always see myself as holy, set apart. I usually see myself as the "stinky fisherman" stuck on her boat with no one to really help her out of the mess she's in. No one to get her to a higher calling. When all the while, Jesus is patiently waiting, extending His hand out to me. Beckoning me to truly live in the relationship He so desires with me and to see myself as the child of God that I am.

    So good. So needed this this morning.

  • T Thomas

    I’m struggling with being transformed by the renewing of your mind. Negative thoughts seem to still run through my mind. I know that I can replace it with God’s Word, but I realize it is a workin progress. It’s the main reason I joined these SRT studies so it can start being in my mind, heart, and spirit on a daily basis so I can finally start

  • Cynthia,

    That was such an inspirational & beautiful praise song!

  • I am not without fault but I do strive to be holy. The verse that has been on my mind lately is ‘create in me a pure heart’ and yesterday for the first time after bitterness in my heart for over 3 years I prayed for my ex-boyfriend. I am happily married now but after years of confusion from my past relationship I realized I have too much to be thankful for to be so resentful. I have a lot of work to do still but with Christ as my strength I know I have a bright future

  • Shannon B

    I love how we are going through this study in little pieces, it makes it so much easier to follow and gives me more time to dig deeper into each passage.

    The challenge that Peter gives in this passage seems so simple, yet so daunting at the same time. Be Holy. It doesn't seem like that would be such a hard thing to do, like he's saying, "Just do it." When I look at what that is supposed to look like in my own life, I get really confused. How am I supposed to live up to how holy Christ is? But the beauty of it is that we don't have to live up to Christ, we just need to live like him. We are called to be set apart from others, to be different from the world. When I look at it from that standpoint, it doesn't seem so overwhelming.

  • This is beautiful. As I've been reading by myself through Ecclesiastes and Matthew, I've just read on Matthew 10:1-10 as Jesus starts to send out his twelve disciples. His instructions for them, the wisdom I've received from Ecclesiastes, and what God has shown me through my small group has really been a full, 360-degree-view of what Christ calls us to be; this reading seemed perfect for where I am at and what I've been needing.
    In my small groups, we talked about Ephesians 5, where Paul is instructing Ephesus on how to conduct themselves. We talked about our call for holiness: to be special, to be set apart. I'm learning how to, and it feels beautiful, new, and exciting. I feel like I'm in love, and I hope that Christs' words to you have been equally blessing. I love and am praying a blessing over all of you! have a wonderful day. :)

  • i love the part where you say–"God doesn't call us to be somthing we cannot be", That is so true. Even if sometimes we fail to believe that. Sisters, God loves every part of us, no matter what!

  • monique(forgiven)

    The comments are very encouraging. There came a time when I believed I could not be used for God.but I thank the Lord for His revelation. That even through trail and error Jesus will not give up on me because he promised me he will never leave nor forsake me.all he wants from me is too be Holy.Lord teach me how to be more like you in every aspect of my Life. I want the bible to be my reflection. In Jesus name amen.

  • LaurenC_

    Oh boy – The P Word. The P Disease. We women sure can get it bad. Perfection has a BFF named Please (as in need to please others). They may seem like cool chicks to hang out with, but they are only lies from the enemy. I think the opposite of perfect is not imperfect or damaged or even holy; it's balance and that is what my initial thought was, as I read today's verses – "balance." I believe God brings us into a state of balance when we accept His salvation. No matter our life circumstances, no matter our feelings. When we trust Him fully, we remain in a state of balance and ready for what He shows us. We know life won't be easy, but we know we can perservere through all things with Him. We are not called to be something we are not, but we are enabled by God for the calling He places on our heart. He accepts who we are, warts and all, but nudges us to be more, for Him, a little at a time. He knows we are going to fail, going to hurt Him, going to sin (even before we know it ourselves) but His forgiveness is immediately there every single time, forever. We should feel His love but not get too far ahead of ourselves. We can't take the credit for our special status. We are not perfect, never can be, but we are Holy simply because He is Holy and He has set us apart because we accept Him as our Lord & Savior. His grace alone makes us Holy so that we are able to receive the calling He has placed on our hearts, unique for each one of us. So that we remain in His peace (balance).

    In other words, with each ebb and flow along the way, God calls us into His peace (balance). Trouble is, I walk away from this balance much too often. Instead of pursuing God, I pursue my fear over my mother's future or lack thereof, I pursue my frustration with a co-worker & vent in my thoughts of how she constantly drops the ball, I pursue my worry over a sick friend, I pursue my disappointment in another friend who isn't supporting me like I need her to, I pursue my abject laziness when I really should turn off the TV-facebook-twitter-secular blogs-etc. No matter what it is that I put between myself and God's peace, I tend to pursue it way too often. Do you do this also, sometimes? I think it's human nature but I'd like to remain in that state of peace/balance more often than I do. I want God as my rock, no matter how life swirls around me. I want to be rooted and centered in His peace/balance; flexible and pliable for His will but still rock solid in Him. I don't want to fall back into my sinful ways or to be mindlessly shaped by the world around me. I always have these thoughts around this time of the year, as one school year ends (where I work) and I look back on the year. I make all these plans for the summer to grow and evolve in the Lord and "do better" next year at work… but then I get myself off track and pursue all those other things instead of what He is calling me to do. I see this summer being different, though, since so much of what I thought was "going to happen" in my life has been drastically altered. Watching my mother become progressively more ill, my perspective has certainly changed and my focus sharpened. So many days I think, "All I have left is God." The beauty in that is – He is all I truly need :) When I remember that, I'm squarely back in His peace and balance. Amen to that.

  • mopsmama4

    I love this! I never realized that being holy didn't mean I needed to be perfect but rather that I am set apart, that it is a matter of heart! I always gave up on 'being holy' because I thought I could never be holy as I will never be perfect! Now I know I can be holy- it means I need to have my heart in the right place and go about my day knowing I have been set apart- called to a higher standared! I am so glad I found this study!! I have even shared it on my blog! Amazing stuff!

    • Candacejo

      Set apart for a special purpose by God because holy means that God is present! It is His presence, through the Holy Spirit, that makes ANYTHING holy! So you ARE made holy when God calls you out of the world and fills you with His spirit and sets you on the road of an overcoming life and living in obedience to Him!

      Where can we find your blog?

  • jesusgirl71

    Two things I have recently heard that seem to apply today. First, I looked up holy a couple weeks ago. To my surprise, it did not mean perfect. It meant “set apart.” God is holy, set apart. We are holy, set apart. The other thing is something our pastor said, that relates to getting us out of that stinky boat. Jesus not only forgives us; He cleanses us. somehow, I always thought of this as just one action. But it’s 2 separate things. Forgiveness is wonderful! But He cleanses us! It’s as if that sin never happened. Sometimes, I will say, “I’m forgiven,” but drag that sin along as if it’s still part of who we are. But it isn’t! Not when we realize God cleansed us of it.It’s no longer any part of us! Alleluia!

  • Loved today's verse, especially this part: "set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming."

    There was a time when those words would slip by me as something to remember but not cling to. Today, I can say that this hope Peter speaks of is real, powerful and sometimes the one and only thing we can (and should) cling to in times of turmoil, chaos, heartbreak and confusion.

    Yes, Lord, even when the world around us doesn't make sense, and all hope seems to be lost, there is deep and everlasting joy when we set our hearts and minds on the hope that is found in Your promises.

    The verse goes on to urge us as believers to be holy (set apart) in all we do.

    I know that if my hope is in the things or promises of this earth, my responses to all that life has and will throw at me will come from a place of entitlement, anger, bitterness or resentment. By coming to His table daily, I am reminded to keep my eyes on the hope of the promises of grace and my responses to life that happens to me and around me will come from that place.

    • jesusgirl71

      Tami, that verse spoke to me, too, but I dismissed it because it didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the reading. Thank you for tying this all together! Ieed to get better atocusing on Him and this hope so I don’t respond in the other ways you mentioned.

  • The last three studies have really hit home for me, and I LOVE IT!!!! I have only read a few verses of 1 Peter before now, but already this book is really filling a hole in my heart. I love this book and it's message. I am not perfect, and that's really okay! God knows that and doesn't expect me to be, He just wants me to follow Him and His Will.

    I just keep repeating that to myself, "not my will, but YOUR will be done".

    Have a blessed day ladies!

  • Charmaine

    Carolyn I love your insight especially when you said:

    “As I read the scripture text and Sarah’s Insights, I was greatly moved by something I don’t often consider, Jesus saw Peter as not perfect or ever likely to be before Heaven, but as HOLY, set apart to represent God in his world and his culture. Today, He sees you and me that way. Not perfect, but perfectly HIS! Called to make a difference, not just slide along with the whims of societal changes.

    How easy it is to cocoon ourselves and simply wile away our time in safe places, church, SRT, our homes as long as the TV is off!

    Or to enter the world to creep along the fringes of cultural needs and even atrocities, like the wallflower I was in High School. Silent, hoping not to be noticed.

    Or simply to keep our faith as something “personal” and maybe not dive right in to the crowd, but certainly to drift along in that direction.

    In the Old Testament God called a people the Hebrews and set them apart to be Holy unto God…not so they would become a clique but so they would be Light to the World. They didn’t get it, or at least most of them didn’t. They were supposed to make a difference in the world.

    In the New Testament God gave His only son to die and then to rise so that WE could be Holy unto God…not a clique, a beacon, not bland, but salty, seasoned with his grace and love.

    We are called to SHAPE THE WORLD not BE SHAPED BY THE WORLD!”

    Since my seperation I have been dealing with things that I know God has delivered me from years ago. I stay in hiding a lot, let my illness dictate to me how I feel. Thank you for your words of encouragement. No longer will I hide. God has called me to do something and I must be obedient to his will!!! I am called to make a difference in this world right?!?!?

    Charmaine

    • Carolynmimi

      Absolutely!!! Get out there on the dance floor with God and make a difference!!!

    • jesusgirl71

      Charmaine, praying for you. I can so relate! What a testimony! Bless you, Sister, as you move forward with Him! I haven’t gotten to Carolynmimi’s comment yet, but I agree; what you quoted here was awesome.

    • Candacejo

      Amen Charmaine! Amen! You are called to make a difference! Illness or no illness!

  • It's amazing how, after reading these passages and then looking back on my life, I can see so clearly now that I was called to be "holy," as Peter says – to not conform to what society says we should be like, to follow in Christ's footsteps – and it took some trials and tribulations to truly open up my heart to the Lord and really discover His greatness on my own accord. I am so, so grateful for this community, how it's helped me learn more about Christ and how to be a better "child" to the Father. Thank you #SRT! Many blessings to you all, ladies.

    • Candacejo

      Beautifully said Lisa! And I just "wasted", lol, twenty minutes on your beautiful blog!! How cool are you!! How much fun would that be and I would be 300 pounds! Seriously it looks like you have combined the things you love and are doing them well. And your blog is lovely. I liked it so much I just joined up! And pinterest and twitter too :)

      Blessings friend, SRT is just a God-thing for all of us!

  • Charmaine

    I have read 1peter so much that my Bible looks like a rainbow. And yet every single time I read it I gleam something new. The scripture that grabbed my was the first one 1Peter 1:13 So think clearly and EXERCISE SELF CONTROL. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.
    As you can see I capitalized a certain part.. Exercise self control! I struggle with this sometimes. When something has gone wrong I tend to vent or go off. Which is not good cause usually I tend to have to apologize to the person.

    God is telling me/us to think before we do anything and use self control when the enemy comes in like a flood. To look forward to when Christ will come and reveal himself to the world.

    For me this has really stuck out. Like I said I have read this book so much I should know it by heart( have trouble remember where scripture are but can tell you it’s in the Bible).

    As for being Holy, it’s difficult for me to grasp that sometimes. Living as obedient children and not slipping back into our old ways can be difficult at times as well. We are not perfect nor will we ever be while here on this planet. However, since God has called us to BE HOLY this tells me that we can!!

    Loving SRT more and more. Thanks for all your prayers the other day it was a very difficult issue, but God has shown me that I need to let go and put my trust completely in HIM!

  • Being holy, though, has less to do with being without fault and more to do with the state of our heart once we’ve come to know Christ.

    This really stuck out to me because I have also pondered the question as to "how the heck am I holy"? I do know that my heart yearns to do what is right and wants to be chrislike, but boy…that flesh wants to do the opposite sometimes! Thank goodness that God sees me as holy, even though I am far from perfect.

    1 Peter 1:14 also spoke to me… "So you must live as God's obedient children. Don't slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn't know any better then." WOW!! I didn't know any better then, but I sure do know better now and I do get convicted when I am not acting holy and/or being disobedient to God.

    • Candacejo

      Awesome, didn't catch the "you didn't know any better then." !!! And you're right, we sure DO know better now!! :)

  • A PEACH IN ITALY

    This 1 Peter study is perfect for me right now.
    13Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy." 1 Peter 13-16 ESV

    Holy: called to be set apart, Christ like, not confirm to this world.

    Ladies I have been struggling with this!

    My job has been so chaotic and disorganized. I work with individuals with mental illness and that in itself brings a little chaos on a daily basis. Normally, I can handle it with grace and a smile, even when things don't go as planned. This week tho, so far I have been struggling to handle it. My patience is thin, I snapped at two coworkers…wait three. I feel overwhelmed, rushed, out of control and so I have been…ugly. Not Christ like at all. I want to be a light at my place of work; its just been dim these past couple of days.

    1 Peter 13-16 is going to be my memory verse for today. Maybe if I can focus more on that, I can have a better day…rest of the week. Thank you SRT for this study…really needed it this week!

    • Carolynmimi

      it is true, sometimes God brings us to the end of ourselves (what we can control even in ourselves) so that we realize just how much we NEED Him in everything. Been there, too.

    • jesusgirl71

      Peach, I so relate! This week has been awful for me in my job for the same reasons. Have felt very overwhelmed. Let’s hold each other up in prayer! I think Satan is trying to distract us.

    • Candacejo

      They say confession is good for the soul…you are not the only one Miss Peach! We all have those days, if you can apologize that always does wonders to astonish those around you that are not serving the Lord, when you show meekness. Just a quiet, "you know, I was having a really bad day and I am just really sorry for the way I acted, forgive me?" And then leave it at that. It goes a long way in smoothing things over and showing your Godly character.

      But most importantly don't kick yourself over it. You're human, just ask the Lord to help you not to repeat it and to put a watchman at the door of your mouth…man, if I don't pray that regularly my mouth doesn't know when to SHUT UP!! :)

      Sorry, rambling again, just wanted you to know you weren't alone :)
      Blessings!

    • AnnaLee

      This happens to the best of us. In your weakness, He is strong! His grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). I'm praying that your week gets better!

    • A PEACH IN ITALY

      Thank you ladies for your encouragement and prayers. There were many moments of wanting to just give up. God was definitely bringing me to the end of myself yesterday! Finally I found myself in my car calling a friend who is like a mother to me and asking for emergency prayer. It was so needed, and my day improved greatly after that. I am learning to use my voice and not fear others when asserting myself…and I finally did that yesterday! It was so freeing (yet REALLY scary) to come to my boss with my concerns and frustrations about how things are being run and how overwhelmed I feel. Hopefully things improve!

  • rocknitat55

    1PE 1:13 KJV: Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    As I was reading this morning this verse really stuck out. Three words came in my spirit; GET A GRIP!

    Immediatelly I began to see a scene from an old movie where the actor is thrashing all over the place, emotions out of control, not even aware that help has arrived. Truthly so out of it, so consumed by their situation that they can’t even seek help. Well you know what happens, the Hero arrives and applies a little backhand reality (a slap), they snap out of it and say, “thanks I needed that”.

    Yep, sisters I got all that while meditating lol. But it lead me to understand how important this mandate from the Lord is. If we don’t get a grip we can miss it. What? The rescue. The scripture says fix your mind to receive the revelation of the promise . That promise is grace, help. I often think of this community , SRT as a gentle slap. We eat, we digest, we discuss, we encourage.

    Some days there are some of us that have to be refocused (lol), and that gently happens here.

    Sarah I also liked what you said about being Holy:

    “Being holy, though, has less to do with being without fault and more to do with the state of our heart once we’ve come to know Christ.”

    As I have stated so many times I was raised up in a situation where everything was conditional . I have spent the better part of my life trying to be without fault. Never measuring up. Thanks for the gentle slap this morning, lol. ” I needed that”.

    Blessings, sisters.

    • Carolynmimi

      Good old slap is sometimes just what God ordained!!!

      • Candacejo

        Love it! "SNAP OUT OF IT!" :) Now, Nita, you may carry on….lol. Oh, I'm glad you have a picture!! Woo hoo!! You are beautiful girl!!

  • I NEEDED this today! I was talking with a friend recently who told me how my love for the Lord was so natural and real. I told my friend that I felt sometimes it was too natural. I am EXTREMELY blessed to not have to work at my faith. I am so used to putting my hope and faith in the Lord that I never have to try at that part. Because of that I feel like I forget to thank Him or read. My friend reminded me that we aren't called to be perfect but to try! This blog is helping with with the trying part! Thanks for this!

    • Candacejo

      You are blessed to be able to trust the Lord so readily! Others do not have that kind of faith! Yet you do thank Him I am sure, you live a thankful LIFE, you have been raised to do so! And your friend is right! We aren't called to be perfect, we could never do that anyway :) you are a light in a dark world! Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so!

  • onerebelheart

    Verse 14 (…do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance) is a reminder that once you know the truth you are responsible for what you do with it. Do I ignore it and do whatever I want, or do I honor it by obeying and doing what I know to be right? If I want to be holy, as He is holy, then I have to respond by doing the right thing and grieving over the wrong I have done/will do. That was powerful to me. I once had an employer tell me that once you know something you can't un-know it, and that's true of God's Word as well. Once you've read it and let it seep into your soul, you must respond to it one way or another.

    The other verse that really struck me was Romans 12:3 where I read the phrase "in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you." This may not have been what the author had in mind but what it said to me was again, WE are responsible for what he tells US. Not every believer is at the same maturity level in their faith but I'm required to respond in accordance to the measure of faith God has given ME, not the level of anyone else. So to the best of my ability at my spiritual maturity level I am called to be holy, to keep returning to Him, even though I can't and am not expected to be perfect.

    Also, how sweet is it to know that He already considers me holy, despite my imperfections and my failures? And that perfection isn't expected? What a relief!

  • Graphics

    As I started on this passage in 1 Peter all I could think of was an arrow. Got has a target for each of us and we are to be single-mindedly focused on His target and His purpose, like an arrow. BUT, this does not mean we ignore the rest of the world or just zoom by on our way to the target. God is all about people, so as we pursue the goal of holiness we are to be pointing the world to Christ.

    The verses in Romans are some that I have lived and loved for many years, but just recently I had a lightbulb moment with these verses. I always thought that presenting my body as a living sacrifice had a lot to do with what I put into my mind and body and how i stewarded over the gifts I have been given. I think that is still true, but another part of living these verses that provided the light bulb moment for me was in presenting my body as a sacrifice in sickness. I have a chronic disease and I have struggled with knowing that it will always slow me down. What I realized is that enduring and just being puny is part of presenting my body as a living sacrifice to the Lord.

    Much Grace Ladies…Live Holy

  • Candacejo

    "We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise….But, let the one who boasts boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends." 2Corinthians 10:12, 17, 18

    I always heard growing up from my wise pastor that if we had reached perfection….we would not be here! I think only a few had attained that like Enoch, "…and Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him." Genesis 5:24.

    And of course the prophet Elijah who was carried away in a whirlwind…"As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind." 2 Kings 2:11.

    So we are STRIVING for perfection, "But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did." (1 John 2:5,6 NLT)

    We will not attain it in this life! Our goal is to be Christ-like in our actions so the world will see Jesus in us! Sme people will never enter the doors of a church building! We may be the only witness they ever see…and believe for sure they are watching us!

    We will fall, we will fail, as Sarah wrote so beautifully but "when I fall I shall arise!"

    Get up, dust yourself off and get back to work, there are fish to catch!

    Be blessed ladies!

  • Wow. Today's word really resonated with me. I shared my prayer on instagram (@meganeveryday), but I will also join in on the discussion here.

    I focused on the aspect of being holy, but what my heart seemed to be pulling me back to was a quote from this blog post: "The Lord does not call us to be what we cannot be." He does, however, call on us to do some things we can do that we THINK we cannot do. The Lord has complete faith in us, even when we have little to no faith in ourselves. He has said to me (many times), "I know what you need. Trust in me." Every time, I find myself saying, "I don't know. I don't think this is what I need." Time and time again, it is EXACTLY what I need!

    Something I ask myself: Why do I question my faith in Him when He NEVER questions His faith in me? One day, I hope I can say, during trying times, "I don't like this, Lord, but I trust that you know me and what I need, so I will not question it." This is something I will continue praying on.

    • Candacejo

      Wow! I love that! "Why do I question my faith in Him when He never questions His faith in me?!" Lord help me to look at it that way the next time…,or actually THIS time…I have a situation…of course He can handle it! Thank you for sharing!

    • rocknitat55

      I also was caught by the” Lord does not ask us to do what we can not do”.
      This one is staring me right in the face. So often I am presented with an event, a project,
      That is so much bigger than I, so I mope, I spaz out, then I repent. Oh ye of little faith.
      All things are possible with Christ Jesus.

      Thans for sharing.

    • jesusgirl71

      Megan, that’s so me. I want to get to that point. What a testimony of how God has been faithful! So encouraging!

  • God already sees me as holy. That has always amazed me. When I'm feeling hurt, angry and disagreeable God still sees me as holy. Also when I compare myself to others whether I feel superior or inferior God sees me as holy. Truly amazing!!

    Lord, help me to see myself and others thru your eyes. I also pray that you would help me to be quick to hear slow to speak and slow to become angry (and hurt) because my anger does not bring about your righteousness. You are an amazing God and I can't live this Christian life without you. Thank you that you will never leave me or forsake me and that you love me even when I'm at my worst. Thank you Father, in Jesus name. Amen

  • Carolynmimi

    "Being holy, though, has less to do with being without fault and more to do with the state of our heart once we’ve come to know Christ"

    From The Message in the Romans 12:1-2 passage: "Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking."

    As I read the scripture text and Sarah's Insights, I was greatly moved by something I don't often consider, Jesus saw Peter as not perfect or ever likely to be before Heaven, but as HOLY, set apart to represent God in his world and his culture. Today, He sees you and me that way. Not perfect, but perfectly HIS! Called to make a difference, not just slide along with the whims of societal changes.

    How easy it is to cocoon ourselves and simply wile away our time in safe places, church, SRT, our homes as long as the TV is off!

    Or to enter the world to creep along the fringes of cultural needs and even atrocities, like the wallflower I was in High School. Silent, hoping not to be noticed.

    Or simply to keep our faith as something "personal" and maybe not dive right in to the crowd, but certainly to drift along in that direction.

    In the Old Testament God called a people the Hebrews and set them apart to be Holy unto God…not so they would become a clique but so they would be Light to the World. They didn't get it, or at least most of them didn't. They were supposed to make a difference in the world.

    In the New Testament God gave His only son to die and then to rise so that WE could be Holy unto God…not a clique, a beacon, not bland, but salty, seasoned with his grace and love.

    We are called to SHAPE THE WORLD not BE SHAPED BY THE WORLD!

    I cannot do that hiding in the walled city, or skirting the walls at the dance of life.

    If God sees me as Holy, set apart, then I need to see myself that way and look to where He is working in the world, take His Hand and join the DANCE even if it uses new steps no one else is using.

    Have a wonderful Wednesday! I am leaving you with the verse that really hit me from three different versions.

    So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. (1 Peter 1:14 NLT)

    As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God's life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. (1 Peter 1:14 MSG)

    Like obedient children, do not comply with the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance, (1 Peter 1:14 NET)

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    • Sue:)

      Carolynmimi, you are so inspired by God. I love your thought "I need to take his Hand, and join the dance, even if it uses new steps no one else is using." What great word imagery, especially since I married into a Yugoslavian culture where line dancing is part of every celebration, and I have two gawky feet that tend to go in the other direction. :)

      • Carolynmimi

        Never been able to dance well, but I love the concept of it and LOVE trying. LOL

        "Gawky feet" and off beat, God invites us into the dance of life.

    • rocknitat55

      Oh Carolyn
      Thank you for such God lead inspiration! Your words have touched my soul.
      This is like a mandate, marching orders.
      I mean I wonder how many of us have whiplash from trying to get in to fit in?
      We have been set apart!

    • Brandi

      Love your insight! Have a great day!

    • CarolM

      Carolynmimi, I loved your post. "We are called to SHAPE THE WORLD not BE SHAPED BY THE WORLD!"

  • Dyan Osborne

    These passages where packed with life application for me today, every verse. What really spoke to me was 1 Peter 1:14. ESV "As obedient children do not be conformed to the passions of your former life." First, it's really all about being obedient children. Just as we call our children to be obedient to us God wants us to be obedient to Him. The Bible is God's Word, our guidance and no matter what we "feel", He makes it clear when we dig deep to find instruction. Second, I like the use of the word passion here because that is what the world makes things, passions, which in turn can become idols for us. I have always been obsessive over things of this world (clothes, hair, status, etc) but this verse tells us clearly to not conform or be in agreement with them.

    These two books really could have been written along side each other! I know it might be hard to follow me. This is all coming out of my head and how I have my notes with the passages written side by side but I'll do my best to explain. Romans 12:1 speaks of making our bodies as living sacrifice to God. I think this means being obedient (1 Peter 1:14) and work towards living our life as holy (1 Peter 1:16) by filtering out the wordly things. When we sacrifice ourselves to God, He renews us and we are able to live our lives in His will (Romans 12:2). We can look to Christ's second coming (1 Peter 1:13) knowing we have truly worshipped God by dying to ourselves (Romans12:1). But the last verse in Romans reminds us not to get self-righteous but to remember it is through Christ alone this is possible.

    Hope that all makes sense. I felt led to share how the Holy Spirit was tying it all together for me.

  • I am not called to be perfect, something I can not be but unfortunately in my modern day mommy mind it is something I try to do daily. I will set my mind and heart to focus on being set apart, holy instead.

    Huge big stuff for this struggling perfectionist.

  • hikerchick68

    I had a situation yesterday at work where I wanted to, and still do, want to go off on this person because I was gone for 4 hours and they destroyed my classroom. The person let the children have my personal children's books and the children tore them up. I spent 2 hours organizing the diaper changing area and the children's cubbies and the person undid everything that I put into place to make it easier. I was so angry! That person was sent home early and I am kinda glad cuz I am not convinced that I would have been able to hold my temper. This kind of situation is where I get stuck. How do I communicate to this person that there behavior is not okay, not sin, and show the love of Jesus at the same time? My other coworker is a Christian and I asked her the same question. Today is a new day and I will pray that God will help me with this situation.

    Okay now onto pride. I tend to be the kind of person who thinks that no one else can do the job right. So I tend not to delegate and do everything myself because then I know it will be right. Romans 12:3 was written for me :)

    • mcarwile

      I understand that feeling of getting so mad that you are afraid of what you might say or do. For me I must start out each day asking God to put a watch over my tongue so I do not sin against You. I also pray that the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you. When I started this daily prayer I did not think things were much different, but if I got lazy or thought I could do it on my own without Gods help my children noticed. For me this is an area that I must go to God with everyday for I can do nothing without God directing my path.

      • Carolynmimi

        Great way to start each day. Also, interesting that others notice God change in us before we do.

      • mkoentopp

        Wow. Great idea, mcarwile. I'm going to try this and see if there is a change. I think maybe keeping track of it and looking over it and seeing the positive things instead of the negative changing and becoming more prominent would happen.

    • Missy

      One of the "habits" in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is seek first to understand; then be understtod. I have found it works well in situations where someone did something I was angry about-first ask them what happened in a way that shows you really want to know-then once you know their side, they are more open to hear yours. Maybe that will help with the co-worker.

      • rocknitat55

        Missy I like that. The Bible says in all things we are to get an understanding, and even though there are instances that we hate to admit it, there are 2 sides to every story.
        Thanks for the share.

    • Carolynmimi

      I tend to like the way I set things up and would often prefer to do it myself rather than teach someone else or the even more dangerous track of giving them the responsibility and letting them do it their way. So I am hearing you!

      You do need, however, to talk to the other person. First pray that God will give you insight for this conversation. I used to be a manager and in situations like this, I usually wrote down some talking points ahead of time and in those really considered the qualities the other person had that were strengths. But I also explained why things need to be handled in a certain way and asked how I could assist her/him in reaching those goals. As a Christian it was important to me to leave the other person feeling a part of the solution and a valued team member.

      Don't know if any of this helps but praying for you.

    • A PEACH IN ITALY

      Oh man, I am the same way with the pride thing! I totally think I can do it all, especially at work. This is probably why I am semi burned out…TERRIBLE at delegation. God has been putting me in situations where I have to delegate…it has been tough to let others do the work without freaking out that it hasn't been done right.

      I had a similar situation this week with a coworker that you did, and man I wish I would have held my tongue. I normally do, but I just hold in the anger and swallow it. That doesn't work either, I'm finding. I need to find a way to communicate with others when I am upset and not sin as well as not ignore my anger either. I'm going to try the prayer Mcarwile posted in her comments at the start of my work day.

      Thank you for posting this, you really got me to dig, and take a good look at what Romans 12:3 says.

    • rocknitat55

      Hickerchick68 I certainly feel your pain, My actions used to be many of the above, with some smelley residue remaining.

      all of my sisters have given such wonderful inciteful advice.
      I can only add a smigen (is this a word)

      First, pray for the words and opportunity to have this discussion, no one can set the stage like God can.
      Second, pray for this person. Not easy to do when you want to run over them with your car (smile). But when you pray for them your whole contience will change. This is what you have control over.
      Finally, even as a manager, a lead teacher, a christian, a person who is right, and it sounds like you were right and had every right to be upset. What would like to achieve?
      As a person who loved to be right and most of the time was. God spoke to me and said you can choose to be right or you can choose to be right and all by yourself!

      As Children of God we have an obligation to always consider the outcome.
      This is definitely a teaching moment.

    • mkoentopp

      Oh my, hikerchick…are you my kindred sister???? I tend to think the same way about certain things. When I had to share my desk with some co-workers at the previous job I was at, I hated it. I liked my things in a nice neat area. And wehn I would come in the next morning, everything was not in it's place and the desk was a disaster. I know I shoudn't have gone off the wall on things, but coming in every day, with politely asking if they could return it to it's proper spot (it was there for a reason…), nothing ever changed. I know this is something that I need to work on. SELF CONTROL. I hightlighted that bad boy in my Bible today.

    • hikerchick68

      Thanks guys for all your insight! It was very helpful. When I asked her about it she denied everything. Then she back paddled a bit and said she was sitting with the children when they red the books. Then she said that the other teacher did it… I don't know what truly happened. I just know that my books are ruined and no one wants to take responsibility for it… Oh well. It is just frustrating but I did not become too angry and when I thought I would I just said to her that it may be best if she left my classroom because I am upset.

    • eradical84 (EllenMR)

      Dang! I am soo the same way! But i tend to do this at home…BAD way to be! When I was forced to stop working because of my disabilities, I figured I HAD to be the super homemaker. Now why I would think THAT would work is beyond me, but I felt that if I wasn't working outside the home I'd do everything inside the home. With my Kids more than able to help and WANTING to help, I wouldn't delegate one single thing- it had to be MY way, or NO way. I'd rather just do it myself than have to come along behind them and have to re-do it anyway! I had a newborn, the five year old twins and my oldest who was 13 at the time, and the alcoholic who was never satisfied. Talk about trying to find some self esteem or SOMETHING to to feel good about soo… Hey, I know! Become a control freak!( Let me tell ya- that hasn't been working too well for me. Ha!) And I'm still having a hard time letting go of it, all these years later. I didn't do my kids any favors by doing everything myself either. They need those skills to become self sufficient, feel good about helping the family and take pride in a job well done. And I think God has been showing me there is nothing wrong with asking for help either. Some of this has been just taken out of my hands- because I'm just no longer able to do a lot of household chores. Goodness me, there are times that I want to just FLIP OUT!! But there are little hearts working those little hands and i do pray EVERYDAY that they won't hear ANYMORE negative comments in this house, PERIOD! They've seen and heard enough in the past- I don't need to add to it.
      I've highlighted everything I can find in the bible about guarding the tongue, the mouth, and the power of the spoken word and pray to change my ways daily.
      I think the ladies have given excellent advice. To try to do it with a kind heart, as she may not even realize she's making a mess out of your organizing! Some folks really are clueless about issues at work… they just. don't. get. it.
      Praying for a peaceful, productive resolution!!

  • Leenda324

    Live this from The Message:

    I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. (Romans 12:3 MSG)

  • The verse that stood out for me today was the very last one:

    “Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”(Romans 12:3 NLT)

    Not exactly sure why… I know I’ve read it before but somehow it just STRUCK me this morning. Need to do some meditating on this one.

    Have a blessed day, sisters!

  • Wow serious eye opener today! I am like Simon Peter…….hardworking, focused on tasks on my horizon! I pray that my heart and mind be opened to Gods agenda for my life! I have been trying to figure out what I am doing wrong that I can't find my niche or purpose in this life. I want to not just be a good hardworking person but a God focused person where he shines from within me to touch all around me. Please help me Lord be complete in you.

  • I love this: "God did not call us to something we cannot be. We cannot be perfect." May I stop trying and simply rejoice in His grace today.

    • mkoentopp

      This hit me too. I am a perfectionist-or at least I claim to be. Everything has to have it's time, spot, purpose, etc. And if any of my order is disrupted I get caught in a frenzy. Realizing that we cannot be perfect hit home.

  • This gave me so much motivation! Love it.

  • "…the state of our heart once we've come to know Christ." I pray that I may answer Your call to be holy Lord, and that when I fall short (daily, hourly, even..), you will be there to lift me up and set me back on my feet.. to walk in Your way.

  • What struck be in both of these passages was the reference to a pure mind and body. In 1 Peter it says "with minds that are alert and fully sober," and in Romans "offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God." What I take away from that is that in order to truly fully see God's plan for your life, and to truly be set apart as holy, our minds and body must reflect what is in our hearts. Maybe this just strikes me so much because I struggle with "conforming to the patterns of this world," watching reality TV, reading gossip magazines, being green with envy over material things in others' lives, etc. etc. etc. If I am truly holy and set apart, my mind and body work for Christ's purpose and nothing else. None of those things help bring me closer to God or closer to achieving His goals on earth. Having a healthy body AND mind are so important to fulfill God's plan for me and today I was just blown away by seeing it so clearly!

    I pray that today I can be set apart as holy, in both the things I allow to enter my mind and my body!

    • mattandeden

      Hi,
      Im new here. I have been struggling with bible reading lately and i'm hoping this site helps. I just wanted you to know what you posted really resonated with me. I too have been convicted a lot lately with living a life unto God. The areas I struggle with most are overeating, walking in love, and not putting other things before God. I have been noticing my tendency is to get down on myself, feel defeated and then continue even more so in the things I know I shouldn't do. I know that a big step out of this rut is getting focused on the Lord, the Bible and prayer. Thanks for your post!

  • There is more to us than meets the eye. The wonderful thing is, that God already knows everything about us. He (Jesus, God the Son) saw it Peter before he (Peter) saw it in or believed it in himself.

    We to are the same. I ministered once on Romans 12:1,2; “Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye”. Each of us because of our relationship with Christ are daily becoming more and more like Him!

    As I have read different posts over the past couple of days I was first excited because of the growth of the ministry. The numbers appear to have almost doubled, but then I became a little sad. I realize a lot of us (me first and foremost) see ourselves through cloudy filters.

    The very things we consider worthless, God counts worthy. We (each of us) are apart of this big Body and have been created SO UNIQUELY DIFFERENT for His honor and glory. We are each vessels of honor! I am who and what I am because of the Christ in me but also because I am fitly joined together with each and everyone of you.

    We did not come to SRT by accident, it was predestined before the very foundation of the world! God has a plan SO MUCH BIGGER than we can even fathom. I encourage each of you to ask God to allow you to see what He see for one brief second. IT WILL ASTOUND YOU!

    Because music surpasses ALL barriers, I leave you with a song. If you have time please listen to “Worthy” by CeCe Winans. http://youtu.be/U614CqYz1jk I pray today and every day everyone will continue to walk and/or walk into the things God has planned for each of us. Be blessed, beloved.

    • LeahTvt

      Thanks for sharing the song- was a blessing to me this a.m.!

    • Sue:)

      Cynthia, you spoke to my heart today. I don't know why, but I've been feeling like I'm not enough…not enough of a Christ follower, not enough of a worthy child of God, just not good enough. The anxieties were overwhelming me this last night. But I know, and you have stated again, that I am worthy. I have been made uniquely different by God, in his perfect plan, Thank you. It was if the Holy Spirit was talking directly to me.

      God is so awesome!

    • eradical84 (EllenMR)

      Thank you Cynthia! Your post really spoke to me too. We sure do use cloudy filters, but as you pointed out we ARE different and God does love us anyways. Then as I continued to read, I got more and more EXCITED by your words! You are soo right about SRT and it does absolutely astound me!! And I'm going to ask God for that glimpse of His bigger plan- oh yes I am! And I'm going to thank Him for joining me to this part of His body, this body of incredibly insightful amazing Sisters that I learn so much from! :)
      Thank you Lord, thank you for your plan that put me right here- right where I belong, according to your mighty plan! AMEN!!

  • Autumn Dawn Leader (aka Songmistress)

    Yeah, I relate to Peter, sort of like I relate (but even more so) to David. I’m glad that being holy isn’t about being perfect, but about returning again and again to the Holy One, Who has set us apart for Himself, for more and more grace to live that “set apart life”.

  • Good morning dear, sweet sisters! Thank you So much to all of you who peayed for me yesterday. I was deeply humbled and encouraged by the support and encouragement i received from you. WOW! God answered above and beyond my expectations! I gave a more detailed update last night in a reply to my comment.

    This morning I see 2 things that just keep jumping out at me over and over agin as I read scripture.

    1. I am chosen by God. I just can't seem to hear that truth enough these days. I am letting it sink down to my toes today.
    2. Be holy – I am called to a higher standard of living

    I looked up definitions of HOLY, it means to be set apart to the service of God, sacred, reserved from the profane, or common use, spiritually whole/ sound, free from sinful affections, pure in heart, godly, irreaprachable, acceptable to God

    Wow, talk about a higher standard for living. The good news is this is How God already sees me through Jeses shed blood. Amazing!

    Lord, may i not stumble on living to fulfill my selfish desires today. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for cleansing me and makinfg me holy and set apart to you!

    You are chosen by ou Holy Father dear sisters. May We make a big pull out of our stinky boats today!

  • tabithahannasmith

    The part about us being holy had always puzzled me – how on earth can we be holy? I'd assumed it meant perfect. Now I can see that it's about being set apart, dedicated to God. EUREKA moment.
    It made me think that we're a bit like the holy vessels in the temple, created for God, intended for the service of God, set apart and dedicated as holy.
    And yet, we're not called to be taken out of the world, but to be in the world as salt and light, as stars in the darkness.
    Brilliant stuff!

    • mkoentopp

      I've always thought that too. How could we be one thing but yet be called holy when we are ALWAYS going to be imperfect.

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