024901 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.
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James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole Law, yet stumbles in one point, has become guilty of all.
When we suddenly see clearly that we can never be “good” enough to completely follow the law of God we are then faced with a dilemma. Do we simply give up all pretense of following and believing in faith in the God who has given all that we might be forgiven, or do we instead stop, pray, seek, and wait upon the Holy Spirit of God to indwell us with the power and strength to follow God’s laws more completely?
So much of Christian religion seems to settle for a “junior varsity” sort of arrangement as far as living goes. Holiness becomes then the province of theologians, priests and hand-picked servants especially anointed for the so called “special” knowledge of the saints.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Scripture reminds us that God has said; 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. (Acts 2 NIV)
My prayer for you is that you might be in these last days like the apostles in one accord as we wait upon the Lord. Holiness is no gnostic fantasy, a heresy left over from the 1st Century, but a real and essential characteristic of God’s people going forward.