Today I’m posting a guest devotional blog by author Kathy Collard Miller and her husband, Larry Miller. Their new book–Never Ever Be the Same: A New You Starts Today–has just been released, and I look forward to seeing how God is going to use this resource to set people free from destructive behaviour patterns.
Kathy’s generously donating a copy of this new release. Post your thoughts about holiness on this blog entry, and you’ll automatically be entered to win the random draw.
What Does Holiness Feel Like?
“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.” (Malachi 4:2 NASB)
Have you ever wondered what holiness feels like? Have you ever “leapt” in your spirit after recognizing that your trust in God had expanded to include forgiving someone who hurt you because you know you’ve been forgiven? Or giving grace by listening to a friend share a problem—even though she usually ignores you—because you’ve experienced God’s grace? Or resting calmly in a situation that normally drives you over the edge because you know God is in charge? We’re no longer fenced in and held in bondage by sinful patterns like worry, fear, selfishness, hate, resentment, and so many other binding things.
The NIV words it: “And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.” Oh, to frolic like well-fed calves! Can’t you just picture it? This calf isn’t emaciated; it’s healthy and well-nourished. It has drunk often from the fresh, flowing spring. That seems to give the idea that it is assured that all its real needs are supplied and it’s free from concern about receiving love and care.
For you and for us, the foundation of holiness is believing and trusting in God’s sovereign love that provides everything we truly need. Therefore, we don’t need to demand it from people who are needy themselves.
We’re all growing in our understanding of this truth, but the joy that comes when we accept God’s empowering is like skipping out of a pen where we’d been restrained. We don’t obey in order to have that feeling, but we enjoy that blessing as a result of God’s generosity.
Are you like a calf encircled in some stall like bitterness, a critical spirit, a sense of entitlement, or people pleasing? Do you want to break free? You can in God’s power through repenting for your sin and then surrendering to God’s good plan, even when it doesn’t seem “good.”
Get ready to leap, gambol, and frolic. God is opening the gate.
As you think of God opening your “gate” of holiness, what does that feel like or look like for you?
This article is an excerpt from Never Ever Be the Same: A New You Starts Today (Leafwood Publishers). This new release offers hope to Christians who want to change their destructive patterns of behavior. It helps readers identify their sinful self-protective strategies and shows them how to trust God for empowerment to overcome. Their book includes biblical principles, insightful stories, and helpful instruction. It also provides discussion questions that can be used by individuals or groups.
Kathy Collard Miller is the author of 50 books and has spoken in 31 states and 8 foreign countries. Kathy and her husband, Larry, have been married 44 years. He’s a retired police lieutenant who also speaks and writes. Larry and Kathy speak often together and individually on a variety of topics. They live in Southern California, and have two grown children and one grandson. Visit them at www.LarryAndKathy.com and www.KathyCollardMiller.com.
Never Ever Be the Same is available at your local Christian bookstore and in both print and digital versions at:
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