Do You Have a Desire To Be Holy?
As a new Christian, a new world opened up to me. Attending Church and Sunday School became a normal for my family and I. We were at the church every time the doors were open, as they say. As I became convicted of various things in my life, my desire to walk as close to my Heavenly Father as possible grew stronger each day. I was 14 and my life consisted mainly of taking care of my two younger brother’s and keeping up with housework and helping my single mom out any way I could. I loved church life! I was very shy, so I listened and watched more than anything. School was something I had to do, it really wasn’t my favorite place to be, but I managed. I tried to live my life in a way that I thought was pleasing to the Lord. I made many mistakes (as I do now) and many times I would have someone say things to me in a negative way about being too holy. I began to associate the word holy as someone like a “Miss Goody Two Shoes.” At that time, I wasn’t familiar with this passage in God’s Word:
but, as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” – I Peter 1:15
I wish I would have had a Bible Study back then like the one my friend, Kathy Howard wrote recently, Embraced by Holiness: The Path to God’s Daily Presence.
If you are looking for an easy to understand Bible Study on the subject of Holiness, this is it! It is a 6-week study and you can do it on your own like I did, or use in a group setting.
I love Kathy’s practical easy to apply stories and her use of scriptures along with personal thought evaluations throughout the study!
Read more about Kathy Howard here!
Beautiful post, Beverly! I need to look at this study…looking for a new one for this Fall. Thanks for sharing!
Your welcome, Shenita! I can’t wait to hear what you think! 🙂
Beverly, thank you for sharing “Embraced by Holiness” with your readers! And thank you for your openness about your struggles as a young believer. We definitely should be talking more about holiness in the church today!
You are welcome, Kathy! You wrote a great Bible study, thank you!
Beverly, those statistics put a sick feeling in my stomach! Yet, you are right, with Heavenly Father by your side, you can have a Father, one that never leaves you. How beautiful that you beat those horrible statistics! Keep it up dear!! I don’t know where I would be without Christ as my Savior and Heavenly Father there hearing and answering every prayer.
Hi Jacqueline! Those are sad statistics, aren’t they? Thank you for your comment. It’s a bit scary to think where we would be without a Savior! I am truly thankful and I know you are too! Blessings!