“And a highway will be there; it will be called the ‘Way of Holiness.’ The unclean will not journey on it; it will be those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.” (Isaiah 35:8)
Holiness and cleansing from sins cannot be separated. The Way of Holiness is so called because it leads to Zion, the holy place. Those who want to travel on God’s highway of holiness will have to be clean from sin. To save His people, God promised to prepare a holy highway on which only His holy, pure people can walk a He leads.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Dear Abba, it is clear that we must be cleansed of sins, before we are allowed to travel on God’s highway, for we must be cleansed of sin, in order to move on it. God never forgets a thing, and always blesses us by providing whatever it takes to help us along His Way of Holiness. Bless all those who are hurting in body, mind, and/or spirit, that they might set aside their issues and let You deal with them on their behalf, and accept their humble repentance of their sins Abba. For those in conflicts around the world with wars and natural disasters, pour out an anointing upon them all, that they too, might feel You near them and take comfort in that knowledge. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Bible study is not just learning, it is learning how to live and nurture our relationship with family, others, and Almighty God.”
“I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me” (Jeremiah 33:8)
God cleanses His people from guilt and rebellion. Forgiveness accompanies His cleansing. The doctrine. of salvation teaches that God does not give up on His people when they go astray. Instead, He gently guides us back on the righteous path, once we have sought Him out in prayer seeking forgiveness for our sins, and God then looks at our hearts, to make sure that this is not just words, but deep desire to turn away from sin and back to God with forgiveness and peace and joy of heart and mind.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Husbands, love our wives, just a Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5:25-27)
Although individual members stand justified before God the church as a body looks toward a consummation in which imperfection gives way to perfection. As a bride in beauty and imperfection gives way to perfection. As a bride in beauty and human perfections joins her beloved for marriage, the church in radiant spotlessness will be presented to the heavenly Bridegroom. Complete salvation has a corporate element as well as an individual one. “Word” my be a reference to the formula said over persons being baptized or to their confession of faith. The doctrine of salvation is closely linked with the church ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
As the Lenten Season has begun the process of ending for this year, remember what you have learned in your Lenten Season for this year…:
“Fast from hurting words and say kind words. Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude. Fast from anger and be filled with patience. Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope. Fast from worries and trust in God. Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity. Fast from pressures and be prayerful. Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy. Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others. Fast from grudges and be reconciled. Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.”