I didn't get a chance to read over Chapter 1 yesterday, but Praise the Lord he woke me really early this morning and I was able to read and study the chapter. I feel like I could write a book today on what I have gained from reading God's word this morning. First of all I read my daily reading plan and it was on 3 John and I was going to blog on it, but then after doing the 1 Peter I decided to share from it. But don't be surprised if you get 2 blogs from me today (depending on time). I want to share with you this morning of how one particular part of the chapter from 1 Peter spoke to me!
As I read this verse, all I could think about was the people that don't follow God and obey his word. I could remember back to when I first started living my life whole-heartedly for God and what he wanted of me and hearing some people say, "She is all holy on us now", "She is holier than thou", "She is a holy roller", etc. Back then it kind of hurt my feelings and made me wonder if I was acting or doing more than I should have been doing. And I also think about those that say they don't have to go to church to believe in God or be a christian. There are some things that are not written in neon lights in the bible for us to know that it is right or wrong. This one scripture covers anything that is not specific. This scripture was cross-referenced in Leviticus. This lets us know that he has been calling his people to be holy because he was holy since the beginning of time.1 Peter 1:15-16 says "But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
Leviticus 11:44-45 For I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. For I am the LORD who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
Leviticus 19:2“Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holyThe Lord was telling Moses to tell the whole assembly of Israel and command them to be holy. He was so serious about his people being holy because he was holy, he went on to say in Leviticus 20:27 ‘A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.’ I was a little unsure of this scpriture and what it really meant and how it went along with the other scriptures. I done a little research to find out that it was saying that anyone that is not holy is of the devil and evil desires of the world and he wanted them put to death.
As for us today, we are his whole assembly. He commands his entire assembly (all the children of God) to be holy! Praise God that he sent his son to die on the cross for us so that if we failed at being holy we wouldn't be stoned to death and he would give us other chances. But just think of the death that you would receive in the end if you didn't become holy. If we continuously failed at being holy, we wouldn't receive the stoning that they did then, but we would not receive the gift that he promises if we live holy like and according to him.
This gave me a whole new outlook on being Holy! I desire to be holy like my father. I will take any insults that I get from here on out on this topic and consider it a compliment! I will definately know that someone is seeing me being Holy like my father calls me to be!
Your Holy sister,