My apologies for my tardiness in posting today, but the Lord wanted me to “hear” more of what He had to say, so I listened. In this world where we are told that we need “more” and to strive to achieve it, I see more and more people who are dissatisfied. We are told by the enemy to look to others as our measuring sticks, and to determine what we need to have in our lives to be satisfied. The treadmill the enemy puts us on is never ending. When we achieve that one thing, we are left wanting only more. And more won’t satisfy us either, because the devil is a liar. In the words of the Rolling Stones, we “can’t get no satisfaction”.
That dissatisfaction can manifest in many ways, including being angry because so and so has this, and I want it (envy). Even if he gave it to you, you wouldn’t be satisfied. The reason is because we were created by our God to fill ourselves with His living water, which is the only thing that will truly satisfy us. Jesus said, “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
If by faith in Christ (who took on our sins in death on the cross and in arising from death He conquered sin so that by grace our bondage to sin has been broken) you are a believer, you are to “be holy, for [He is] holy” (1 Peter 1:16). The behavior that “becomes holiness” is an inner quality of consecration to God that cannot help but produce an outward and inner beauty, because our holy Creator God is “inexpressibly beautiful”, and we are created in His image.
Holiness refers to a person’s own moral character, and is not a prerequisite for righteousness but, rather, a subsequent requirement for the righteousness. Righteousness is a state of position because we are IN Christ (2 Cor 5:17). Because we belong to Him, we are to “be holy, for [He is] holy”, since as His disciples we are imitators of God (Eph. 5:1-2).
The work for our transformation to holiness is in walking in the Spirit, with whom we were sealed (Eph. 1:13), so that we will not gratify the desires of the flesh (Gal. 5:16). God has “clothed [us] with the garments of salvation, He has covered [us] with the robe of [His] righteousness” (Is. 61:10), and He has done so because He is a loving God, full of grace and mercy. We do not deserve His mercy and grace–there is nothing that we can do to earn it–we can only accept His gift.
To be “righteous” in the Bible means, simply, to be in “right-standing with God.” Synonyms might be “saved,” “justified,” “redeemed.” In the proper biblical context, a “righteous” person is someone who has been justified before God, by God, upon the simple possession of true faith in what He’s done for us in Jesus Christ. Righteousness has nothing to do with our morality or goodness. God justifies, or makes righteous, every sinner who receives Christ, thus granting us eternal fellowship — that’s position — with Him in heaven.
So how are we to be satisfied? Jesus promised that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be blessed (Matt. 5:6). We are to seek to be holy just as a deer pants after water (Ps. 42:1). It is the only thing that will truly satisfy, so we are to crave it as life itself. We are to look to Christ to fulfill us, not to cheap worldly imitations that will never satisfy us.
And in looking to Christ for fulfillment, we are to imitate Him, who is holy. Holiness is a state of character. To be “holy” means, in both Hebrew and Greek, to be clean, good, pure, godly, sacred, sanctified (set apart). In the general sense, a synonym for “holy” is “moral,” and in the strictest, biblical sense it describes an attitude and corresponding behavior — that’s character — that show reverence toward God and respect for His moral standards.
In our Bible study this week, I highlighted a short prayer that I recommend you offer up to the Father when you find yourself unsatisfied. Lord, You promised You would satisfy me, so I look to You. Will You give me a Scripture today that will satisfy my longing heart? Both yesterday and today, the verse I received is “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Is. 26:3 NIV) The Lord promises to satisfy us, and to keep us in His perfect peace–WHEN we keep our thoughts fixed on Him, not on the Joneses. May you have a peaceful and satisfying day in our Savior today, so that His light may shine through you. Be blessed!