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Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2 Corinthians 7:1 (NASB)

today was another pleasant day in Fife with sunshine interspersed with some cloud. The temperature was mild, perfect for some outdoors work. I retrieved the pressure washer from the shed and set about cleaning the ramps to our front door, it never fails to amaze me how dirty they get. The grime lifted from the concrete in neat lines exposing the white surface below. It is perfect work for deep thought or prayer. I found myself thinking about my recent reading material, “Helps To Holiness” by Samuel L. Brengle.

As I pressure washed it occurred to me that the process of removing stubborn dirt can be applied to our lives, as we seek to be holy. Our Father God calls us to seek the family trait of being holy (1 Peter 1:16), as He is Holy. Every child seeks to be like mum or dad, all be it in a lesser capacity but still receives the adoring love of the parent. So it is with the child of God and their Father, as we endeavour after holiness.

As we strive towards the deeper goals of holiness, we need to take practical steps to “pressure wash” our life to remove the grime of sin. Having been saved by redemption through Christ we must then clean house, avoiding temptations that will lead us away from God. The space left by worldly activities should be cleansed by the disciplines of holiness;  fleeing from sin in all its forms (in mind and body), regular Bible reading and study, and much prayer, drawing us to deeper holiness before our Father. The work of holiness is a life long seeking to be as near to God as we can manage in an imperfect world. Like my paths will need cleaned again regularly, so will our life need constant cleansing in the disciplines of holiness.

Dear reader, let us together strive to be holy that we may draw near to our Heavenly Father. As we cleanse ourselves from sin and temptation we get closer to that glorious day when we will meet our Saviour, on our last day on earth.

16 thoughts on “Seeking Holiness

  1. Your comparison of pressure washing to the confession of sin is a good one. Seeking holiness is not a “one and done” thing, but is a life long endeavor.

    I continue to enjoy the prayer journaling I started during Lent. Some days I write more than others, but it’s always rewarding. It’s especially interesting to go back and read what I’ve written in the past. It’s amazing how God takes care of things that were major worries only a week ago!

    Great post, as always, brother! God Bless.

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    1. It is amazing what the Holy Spirit leads you to meditate on, even when pressure washing concrete! If we are “open all hours” He will fill us with holy thoughts, Hallelujah!
      I am pleased that you are continuing to be blessed by prayer journalling David. My own one is a combination of notes from my daily readings and prayers, often on the same theme by His guidance. May our Father continue to lead you and bless you brother.
      P.s. your guest post goes live soon! Five minutes past midnight, Sunday morning.😉

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  2. I am absolutely obsessed with the holiness of God! When I think about God’s holiness, I stop thinking about myself and like John the Baptist, He must increase and I must decrease. I am so thankful for your desire to live holy for God and as an example to others!

    Alan, I am teaching a youth lesson tomorrow on “Why Christians should love the Bible Jesus Read” (aka Old Testament) I am going to talk a little bit on Ex 19:5-6 which is the original verse that Peter quotes. If you would like to pray for us, I would be so grateful! Love and blessings to you and Susan!

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement Mandy. Holiness is not a popular subject in the church nowadays, so many folk see it as old fashioned and/or unattainable which doesn’t at all tally with what God says in the Bible. Isn’t His timing perfect sister in reference to this subject and your talk to the young folks? I will be very happy to pray for you and the young people listening, I am sure the Holy Spirit will be present Mandy. May our Father guide you and bless you with discernment for tomorrow sister.

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      1. God’s timing is absolutely perfect! I agree holiness is not something that people want to talk about today. It ranks as high as obedience. Jerry Bridges in his book “The Pursuit of Holiness” said people would experience/see more victories/growth if they obeyed more. That is true in my life. When I seek God and His holiness and obeying Him, I walk in His will. I am so thankful that God’s Word is alive and a light and lamp on our journey with Jesus!

        Thank you and bless you, Alan! I am getting teary with your kindness and confidence in me! I am so thankful for you!!!!

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      2. My confidence in you is encouraged by your visible confidence in Almighty God, He can do great things with such faith Mandy!
        A good night/morning frae Scotland sister 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿👍

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  3. Thank you again for your post and beautiful additions in picture and video.
    BE YOU HOLY AS I AM HOLY. For a long time this scripture worried me until I had good teaching on GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT and learned more of His role in the trinitarian nature of God. He is God -SANCTIFIER and refining fire. we all need to accept His indwelling Presence and allow Him to do His Work in us. As long as we live it is confession and repentance, as HE reveals sin in us and turns us ever towards Christ and the Cross. Blessings and love from one failing and learning day by day.

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    1. Thank you for your astute observations Faye, you are very accurate. We certainly do fail every day in some form, but praise God for His Holy Spirit refining us from inside out. The Holy Spirit is the ultimate Pressure Cleaner!
      May our Father continue to lead you and refine you sister.

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  4. I haven’t heard the worship song you posted for years. I almost forgot about it. It brought back many memories of when we use to sing it to the Lord that many years ago,
    I like the pressure wash a analogy . It’s rare the time I hear the word “holiness” in reference to us, God’s children, only when referring to God,
    I like this sentence “ Our Father God calls us to seek the family trait of being holy (1 Peter 1:16), as He is Holy”…Excellent !
    May the Joy of the Lord be your strength as you face a new day.
    ( I guess day because is night here 😄)

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