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Set Apart

glacierI remember many years ago when the talk of holiness dominated our small group discussions. It seemed like many of us wanted to get everything out of our lives that didn’t please God so that we could experience Him in greater ways. When people talk of holiness today they can quickly be labeled as being legalistic or fanatics by those who attend the Church regularly. Lately I have been focusing on holiness and realize that to experience God in fresh ways I need to always be adjusting my life to better match up with His Word. I think that is the best view of holiness that I can have. 2 Corinthians 7:1 says;

Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

This verse is only one place where we are told to focus on living holy lives. It means living in a separate way from the rest of the world. It means having different standards in our lives. For me one of the things that I need to separate myself from to some degree is different forms of media. Certain TV shows and movies infect my mind and do not enhance my relationship with God. I want to know the presence of God in greater ways and experience His power for ministry and Christian living. To get to where I want to go requires that I modify my life in all areas. God deserves people wanting to live lives set apart. When you think of what our freedom cost Jesus it is worth the effort.

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