Adapted from Love Slaves by Samuel Logan Brengle
One of our central doctrines and most valued and precious experiences is that of heart holiness. The bridge which we throw across the impassable gulf that separates the sinner from the Savior — who pardons that He may purify, who saves that He may sanctify — rests upon these two abutments: the forgiveness of sins through simple, penitent, obedient faith in a crucified Redeemer, and the purifying of the heart and empowering of the soul through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, given by its risen and ascended Lord, and received not by works, but by faith.
by Nathan Purdy
The word "legalism" is often used in a way that is cheap, careless, and potentially dangerous. But legalism properly so called is a serious spiritual problem that fails to recognize our acceptance with God is entirely through faith in Jesus, giving us deep spiritual rest.
A British tourist checks into his hotel in Pittsburgh. He asks the hotel receptionist, “Do you have a chip shop nearby?” “Sure,” the local responds, “that gas station across the road sells chips.” They are both using the word “chips,” but their meanings differ. The receptionist has a bag of chips (Lay's or Middleswarth) in mind, while the visitor is thinking of something akin to steak fries.
The bewildered Brit returns and says, “I couldn’t find any!” The confused hotel worker responds, “You’re talking about the things you eat that are made out of potatoes, right?” “Yes!” This confusion will continue until they are both referring to exactly the same thing. This scenario serves as a metaphor for a lot of conversations about legalism – confusion reigns because the word means different things to different people.
by Johnathan Arnold
Oswald Chambers famously wrote, “We are not destined to happiness…but to holiness.” But is this true? Does God not destine us for happiness? Is happiness something that should be separated from holiness? Is it possible to be holy and not happy?
In a letter to Rev. Dr. Middleton, John Wesley wrote that “Christianity is…holiness and happiness, the image of God impressed on a created spirit; a fountain of peace and love springing up into everlasting life.” After commending the love of God and one’s neighbor as oneself, he concludes elsewhere that “This is religion, and this is happiness; the happiness for which we were made” (emphasis added).
Happiness in God was central to Wesley’s thinking. He saw no dichotomy between happiness and holiness — and neither should we.
by David Wise
In 1849, William Taylor was sent by his Bishop to be a Methodist missionary in the “uncivilized” territory of California. His destination was the notorious city of San Francisco. Taylor would spend seven years laboring on the West Coast, with San Francisco as the home base for his efforts.
Devotional adapted from Holiness and High Country by A. F. Harper
Read: Ephesians 3:14-21
"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory... Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)
[Ask yourself these questions.] Am I tempted to think that my case is different from and more difficult than the spiritual problems of others? Am I thinking about some wrong attitude of which I am ashamed? Am I disturbed by my failure to more fully achieve some spiritual goal? I may ask grace for this also. I may be different from others and my special problem may seem impossible. But, thank God, there is power adequate for me. Paul commends us "unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us."
Adapted from Helps to Holiness by Samuel Logan Brengle
There is an important difference between the grace of faith and the gift of faith, and I fear that a failure to note this difference and to act accordingly, has led many people into darkness, and possibly some have even been led to cast away all faith, and to plunge into the black night of skepticism.
Adapted from Holiness and the Human Element by H. A. Baldwin
Lack of Clear Preaching
Because we fail to preach definitely and intelligently on the subject of holiness we leave people in darkness and confusion. Notwithstanding our strong professions, yet it remains a fact that the doctrine of holiness is not emphasized strongly as it should be; very few ever expound the doctrine in a series of sermons; more mention it often in the course of their public ministrations, but, sad to say, we have heard of some who never preach definitely on the experience or insist on its necessity. Definite preaching should cause definite seeking, and definite seeking should produce definite results.
by Johnathan Arnold
In high school, A. W. Tozer was my best friend. It was no matter that he died in 1963. When I read Tozer, I discovered a friend who understood me and the change that God had wrought in my heart. I recall reading a passage from one of his books where he describes the loneliness that he experienced as a Christian: no one wanted to talk about the things of the Lord and all that he wanted to do was talk about the things of the Lord. Thus, Tozer was a loner. And, so was I. Whether at school or at home, Tozer and a King James Bible were my constant companions.
by Johnathan Arnold
Few people think that living a holy life is possible. God's Word is clear that holiness is more than possible: it is required. This would be a terrible thought except that the One who called us has also made the provision! God's Word is good and life-giving on every topic, especially holiness. Here are ten verses on holiness that every Christian should be familiar with.
by Barry Arnold
I have precious memories of several different paths that I have trod in my childhood. Some strike fear, some laughter and others real delight. In the area where I grew up, there was a small picnic grove where we enjoyed family fun. This grove, of course, had no faucets or plumbing. But how well I remember, what seemed as a boy, such a long path through the woods to the mountain spring.
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