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HOLINESS IN ACTION

Devotional for December 23, 2021


Morning Ephesians 4:22-32

Noon Psalms 125

Evening 1 Corinthians 6:12-20


The apostle Paul presents the life of the believer as a race to be run and like training for a marathon, daily we must intend to live to grow in holiness. However, many believers apply the philosophy of letting Jesus take the helm and do nothing themselves to grow. There are those who want to change or grow in aspects of their life, but they think that praying is enough, they want to leave the responsibility to God without having to get involved. Sure, we should pray, but a simple prayer that says "God, change me" is not what the Bible teaches us as the way to grow. This prayer must be accompanied by a holy conduct transforming us into the image of His Son. For this reason, we find a great number of imperatives in the Scriptures calling us to sanctification, which urge us to put off the old self (Ephesians 4:22), flee from immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18), not partake of darkness (Ephesians 5:11), not living according to the desires of the flesh, and so the list goes on. Sanctification isn't passive, it requires action. It is for those who, in the power of the Spirit and trusting in grace, consider themselves dead to sin and fight against it with all their might.


The secret of holiness consists in never getting tired of always starting – P. Rey


Written by Juan Daniel de la Vega,


Translated by Maria Elena Cardona

 

Morning Ephesians 4:22-32

22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,

23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.

26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,

27 nor give place to the devil.

28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.


Noon Psalms 125

1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.

2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.

4 Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.

5 As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.


Evening 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

 

Prayer Guide: [México-Villahermosa] and [México-Conkal]

Annual Bible reading: The Book of Revelation 4, 5, 6


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