7 for 7: Week 3

This week’s breath prayer:  You are holy; help me be holy.

Read

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.   1 John 1:5

Meditate

Revelation states that neither sun nor moon will be in Heaven because the glory of God will illuminate. Nothing unclean will be there. Until that day, His light is daily flooding the dark places of our hearts until every spot is revealed and every trace of death is dismissed. We have that light in us, His Spirit, that brings us to our knees in repentance, as we turn from darkness toward His glorious Light.

Pray

Jesus, forgive us for walking in darkness, apart from truth, apart from Your ways, apart from obedience. You are the light of the world, and You dwell in us. We want to be holy so that the world sees Your light in us, their hope for salvation.

Respond

Practice repentance (asking forgiveness and turning away from sin) this week, as God reveals to you any heart attitudes and actions that are contrary to His Word.

Each time you turn on a light switch, announce to your heart, “God in me is light.”

Listen

“How Can It Be” as performed by Lauren Daigle: http://bit.ly/1BQBXsR

“Hold My Heart” as performed by Tenth Avenue North: http://bit.ly/2di8XBd

This week’s breath prayer:  You are holy; help me be holy.

Read

And one called out to another and said, ’Holy, holy, holy is LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.’  Isaiah 6:3

Meditate

We may be tempted to shrink back from God’s holiness, but it is essential that as we come, we remember He is holy. Yet He provides a way for fellowship with Him, making His invitation even sweeter. Without this provision a relationship with our Heavenly Father would be impossible. Let the true knowledge of God’s character and glorious provision through Jesus result in worship that is true, generous and meaningful.

Pray

Do not let the standard of holiness result in shame or endless striving in my life. Let it be a testimony of praise of Your amazing grace. I give thanks through the death and resurrection of Jesus. I am clothed in His righteousness and participate in His Divine nature. Thank You for the work of Your Spirit that causes me to share in Your Holiness.

Respond

Throughout the day thank the Lord for His presence with you. Thank Him that He made a way where there was no way. This true knowledge of Him will give you the courage and desire to abide in Him daily, trusting that His fruit of righteousness is growing in your life.

Listen

“Holy” as performed by Jesus Culture: http://bit.ly/2cDZMto

“Holy Is Our King” as performed by Rita Springer: http://bit.ly/2d2H2Wj

This week’s breath prayer:  You are holy; help me be holy.

Read

Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.   Revelation 4:8

Meditate

In this passage we see a magnificent, glorious vision of the throne room of Heaven and worship occurring day and night. The seraphim worship continuously and freely from their hearts. Are we filled with awe as we contemplate this picture of the Almighty God seated on His throne in Heaven? Do we desire to worship God with our whole heart, as we see in this vision?

Pray

Lord God Almighty, as I close my eyes and envision this scene in Heaven, I am filled with awe because of Your glory and holiness. Help me to have an even greater awareness of Your holiness every day, dear Lord.

Respond

As you think about this passage throughout the day, envision this magnificent scene shown us here on the pages of the  Bible of God’s might and holiness. As you do this, repeat the breath prayer, “You are holy; help me to be holy.”

Listen

“Holy” as performed by Rita Springer: http://bit.ly/2creGHn

“Agnus Dei” as performed by Kim Walker-Smith: http://bit.ly/2ddZn6k

This week’s breath prayer: You are holy; help me be holy.

Read

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.’  1 Peter 1:15-16

Meditate

“Holy” is an intimidating Bible word. Basically it means “separate.” Since God is holy (completely separate from sin), we His children should reflect His holiness in our lives. In this world we can never be sinless, but we can grow in likeness to God’s character. If God commands us to be holy, we can rest assured that He will always give us the grace we need to live holy lives. God’s empowering presence in our lives takes the intimidation out of the word “holy.”

Pray

Father, I am in awe of Your holiness, and Your command that I be holy as You are makes me a little nervous because I realize how unholy parts of my life are. Remind me always that by Your grace, I have the power to live a holy life. Help me today to be holy as You are holy.

Respond

Read and reread Paul’s description of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.This is a list of characteristics of God’s holy character. Make it a “holy habit” to pray daily that God will cause the fruit of the Spirit to ripen in your character and be exhibited in all your relationships.

Listen

“Be Merciful to Me” as performed by Caedmon’s Call: http://bit.ly/2coOzMI

“Lord, I Need You” as performed by Matt Maher: http://bit.ly/1qubI4c

This week’s breath prayer: You are holy; help me be holy.

Read

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.   2 Corinthians 7:1

Meditate

Jesus purified Himself for our sake so that we may also be cleansed. Jesus lives in us as the Father lives in His Son so that we all may become perfectly one. It is fitting for us who have this hope to purify ourselves as He is pure, remembering we are  being continually renewed after the image of our Creator.

Pray

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for Your precious promises. Thank You that by calling us chosen, holy and beloved because Jesus took all our impurity on Himself, we may be purified in Him through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Respond

Meditate on Matthew 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.” Slowly read the verse aloud three times. Ask God to show you how He wants to connect your life today to that Beatitude.

Listen

“Something in the Water” as performed by Carrie Underwood: http://bit.ly/2dmLUrC

“Here’s My Heart” as performed by Crowder: http://bit.ly/1HvwHvg

This week’s breath prayer: You are holy; help me be holy.

Read

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5

Meditate

The Lord calls us to a life of holiness. Think of a beautiful blooming rose bush. The sap flows through the vine to the roses, causing a profusion of blooms. As we maintain a vital connection to Jesus, His life flows into us, causing us to grow in holiness. Our secret hidden life with Christ is essential.  It is how we’re transformed into His glorious image. We don’t strive to become holy; we are made holy by remaining in Him.

Pray

Lord, I want to be in You just as You are in me. Help me to have a growing vision that as I maintain my hidden life with You, the life and vitality of Your Spirit will be seen in me as I grow in holiness and am changed into Your likeness more and more  each day.

Respond

As you take time to meditate on this scripture, visualize being vitally connected to Jesus, just as a rose is vitally connected to the bush. Realize your holiness comes, not from striving, but from your deep, hidden life with Him. As you do this, say to Him, “Please draw me deeper into Yourself and change me to be more like You.”

Listen

“Walk With Me” as performed by Kim Walker-Smith: http://bit.ly/2dCyaJ8

“Christ In Me Arise” as performed by Trevor Thomson: http://bit.ly/2dQpA7f

This week’s breath prayer: You are holy; help me be holy.

Read

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

Meditate

This text teaches us how to deal with sin that God convicts us of. We are not to deny, excuse or rationalize it, but rather confess it to God, agreeing with Him that we have sinned.  Then we are to ask for and receive His forgiveness and, beyond that, His purification of all that was wrong in our motive and deeds.  By daily applying John 1:9 to our lives, we can walk in freedom from the guilt and shame of our sin.

Pray

Thank You, Jesus, for forgiving and cleansing me of my sins. Please free me from any desire for things that are not of Your Kingdom. Enlighten my mind that I may walk uprightly today and keep Your commandments.

Respond

Take some time to ask God to show you your sin. Be careful not to excuse things the Holy Spirit may show you. Ask Him to show you what your life would be like free from a particular sin that He makes you aware of. Rest assured He will not show you more than you can handle, and be encouraged He desires to free you from this bondage.

Listen

“At the Cross” as performed by Chris Tomlin: http://bit.ly/1EPguTy

“Jesus Paid It All” as performed by Kristian Stanfill: http://bit.ly/2dAaQfg