PERSONAL HOLINESS

or

The Life of "Abiding in Christ"

"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord"

"Urgently do we need a revival of personal godliness."- Charles H. Spurgeon

"Personal holiness in its simplest and highest form is loving God with all our hearts, and our neighbors as ourselves. To love anyone or anything more than we love God is sin. In the Old Testament, God declared, 'You shall have no other gods before Me'" (Exodus 20:3, NKJ). - Dr. Thomas Hermiz

 

May God, the Holy Spirit, guide you as you peruse this page and its links. We have included those items we have found valuable and helpful in our search to know God better and live a life well pleasing to Him. As always, The Holy Bible is the final authority. Is not the scripture in Hebrews 12:14, "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" sufficient for us to seek to live a holy life before him and others?

The author of Personal Holiness: Unlocking the Door to Effective Prayer explains this prerequisite for answered prayer.

What Jesus said, (quoting from scripture)


"THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD: AND THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL, AND WITH ALL THY MIND, AND WITH ALL THY STRENGTH: THIS IS THE FIRST COMMANDMENT." Mark 12: 29b-30.

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8

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The Apostle Paul wrote,

"... follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart."

2 Timothy 2:22

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What others have said:

Andrew Murray - "The condition of God's blessing is absolute surrender of all into His hands. If our hearts are willing for that, there is no end to what God will do for us, and to the blessings God will bestow."

Charles H. Spurgeon
, in his sermon Holiness Demanded, says, "Holiness deals with the thoughts and intents, the purposes, the aims, the objects, the motives of men. Morality does but skim the surface, holiness goes into the very caverns of the great deep; holiness requires that the heart shall be set on God, and that it shall beat with love to him."

A. W. Tozer, author of The Pursuit of God, says "You cannot study the Bible diligently and earnestly without being struck by an obvious fact--the whole matter of personal holiness is highly important to God."


A. W. Tozer, regarding feelings or emotions, says, "I believe in what the old writers called religious affection--and we have so little of it because we have not laid the groundwork for it. The groundwork is repentance and obedience and separation and holy living!"

Leonard Ravenhill - "I think the greatest miracle that God can do is to take an unholy man out of an unholy world, and make that unholy man holy and put him back in an unholy world and keep him holy. But we are more afraid of holiness today in the church than we are of sinfulness."

Dwight Moody - "A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns; they only shine."

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Where are You?


2 Corinthians 13:5 reads:
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" If you don't have a deep yearning in your heart to live a holy life, you need to question whether your faith in Christ is genuine. Having come this far, I believe you do have a yearning to have all God has for you, so please read on. Personalize the following spiritual checklist. The checklist is not mine. Proper credit is given at its conclusion.

We also have a few copies of a "soul searching" pamphlet entitled, O God Revive Us Again. For the free booklet, send your e-mail request to us at LiftUpUSA@LiftUpUSA.com and we'll send you an e-mail copy.

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Spiritual Checklist for Personal Revival


Suggestions for use:

Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, this Spiritual Check List can be a tremendous help in crusade preparation. It leads Christians to identify and confess sins which often hinder genuine revival. A leader merely reads the scriptures and slowly asks the questions pausing between each question. As one honestly answers the questions in this Check List, he will agree with God that he has sinned.

This Spiritual Check List may be used with a sermon just prior to an evangelistic crusade. It may also be used at a pre-crusade prayer retreat or during the Sunday School hour with adults on the first Sunday of a crusade. These questions are based on the quest:
"Search me, O God and know my heart, try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24). They are designed to lead Christians to claim the promise of 1 John 1:9: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." This Check List will help Christians obey the command: "Be filled with the Holy Spirit" (Eph. 5:8). When our known sins are confessed (agreed to) the Holy Spirit can take control of our lives and use us to bring the lost to Christ.

Spiritual Check List


1. Matthew 6:12, 14-15 "And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors ... for if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive your trespasses." Is there anyone against whom you hold a grudge? Anyone you haven't forgiven? Anyone you hate? Anyone you do not love? Are there any misunderstandings that you are unwilling to forget? Is there any person against whom you are harboring bitterness, resentment, or jealousy? Anyone you dislike to hear praised or well-spoken of? Do you allow anything to justify a wrong attitude toward another?

2. Matthew 6:33
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness ..." Is there anything in which you have failed to put God first? Have your decisions been made after your own wisdom and desires rather than by seeking and following God's will? Do any of the following in any way interfere with your surrender and service to God: Ambition, pleasures, loved ones, friendships, desire for recognition, money, or your own plans?

3. Mark 16:15
"... Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Have you failed to witness consistently for the Lord Jesus Christ? Has your life failed to show the Lord Jesus to lost people?

4. John 13:35
"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Are you secretly pleased over the misfortunes of another? Are you secretly annoyed over the accomplishments or advancements of another? Are you guilty of any contention or strife? Do you quarrel, argue or engage in heated discussions? Are you a partaker in any division or party spirit? Are there people whom you deliberately slight?

5. Acts 20:35
" ... ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive." Have you robbed God by withholding His due of time, talents and money? Have you given less than a tenth of your income to God's work? Have you failed to support mission work either in prayer or in offerings?

6. 1 Cor. 4:2
"Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." Are you irresponsible so that you cannot be trusted with responsibilities in the Lord's work? Are you allowing your emotions to be stirred for things of the Lord but doing nothing about it?

7. 1 Cor. 6:19-20
"What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." Are you in any way careless with your body? Do you fail to care for it as the temple of the Holy Spirit? Are you guilty of intemperance in eating? Do you have any habits which are defiling to the body?

8. 1 Cor. 10:31
"Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." Do you take the slightest credit for anything good about you, rather than give all the glory to God? Do you talk of what you have done rather than of what Christ has done? Are your statements mainly about "I"? Are your feelings easily hurt? Have you made a pretense of being something you are not?

9. Eph. 3:20
" ... him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." Are you self-conscious rather than Christ-conscious? Do you allow feelings of inferiority to keep you from attempting challenging goals in serving God?

10. Eph. 4:28
"Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good that he may have to give to him that needeth." Do you underpay? Do you do very little in your work? Have you been careless in the payment of your debts? Have you sought to evade payment of your debts? Do you waste time? Do you waste time for others?

11. Eph. 4:31
"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you with all malice." Do you complain? Do you find fault? Do you have a critical attitude toward any person? Are you irritable or cranky? Do you ever carry hidden anger? Do you get angry? Do you become impatient with others? Are you ever harsh or unkind?

12. Eph. 5:16
"Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Do you listen to unedifying radio or TV programs? Do you read unworthy magazines? Do you partake in worldly amusements? Do you find it necessary to seek satisfaction from any questionable source? Are you doing certain things that indicate you are not satisfied with the Lord Jesus Christ?

13. Eph. 5:20
"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Have you neglected to thank Him for all things, the seemingly bad as well as the good? Have you virtually called God a liar by doubting His Word? Is your spiritual temperature based on your feelings instead of the facts of God's Word?

14. Phil. 1:21
"For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Are you taken up with the cares of this life? Is your conversation primarily about "things" rather than the Lord and His word? Does anything mean more to you than living for and pleasing Christ?

15. Phil. 2:14
"Do all things without murmurings and disputings." Do you ever by word or deed seek to hurt someone? Do you gossip? Do you speak unkindly concerning people when they are not present? Are you prejudiced against others because of their race, social status, or beliefs?

16. Phil. 4:4
"Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice." Do you carry any bitterness toward God? Have you complained against Him in any way? Have you been dissatisfied with His provision for you? Is there in your heart any unwillingness to obey God fully? Do you have any reservations as to what you would or would not do concerning anything that might be His will? Have you disobeyed any direct leading from the Holy Spirit?

17. Col. 3:9
"Lie not to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds." Do you engage in empty and unprofitable conversation? Do you ever lie? Do you ever exaggerate? Cheat? Steal? Do you overcharge?

18. 11 Tim. 2:22
"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, -- with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." Do you have any personal habits that are not pure? Do you allow impure thoughts about the opposite sex to stay in your mind? Do you read that which is impure or suggests unholy things? Do you indulge in any unclean entertainment? Are you guilty of the lustful look?

19. Heb. 10:25
"not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together ..." Do you whisper or think about other things while God's Word is being read or preached? Are you irregular in attendance at worship services? Do you neglect to attend or participate in prayer meetings? Have you neglected private prayer? Have you neglected God's Word? Do you find the Bible and prayer uninteresting? Have you neglected thanksgiving at meals? Have you neglected daily family devotions?

20. Heb. 13:17
"Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you." Do you hesitate to submit to leaders in the church or elsewhere? Are you lazy? Do you rebel at requests to help in the work of the Lord? Do you in any way have a stubborn or unteachable spirit?

21. James 1:27
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this ... to keep ... unspotted from the world." Have you allowed yourself to become "spotted" by the world? Do you spend beyond what is pleasing to God on anything? Do you neglect to pray about things that you buy? Are your deeds displeasing to God?

22. James 4:6
"... God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble." Do you feel that you are doing quite well as a Christian? That you are not so bad? That you are good enough? Are you stubborn? Do you insist on having your own way? Do you insist on your "rights"?

23. James 4:11
"Speak not evil one of another, brethren, ..." Have you dishonored Him and hindered His work by criticizing His servants? Have you failed to pray regularly for your pastor or other spiritual leaders? Do you find it hard to be corrected? Is there rebellion toward one who wants to restore you? Are you more concerned about what people will think than about what will be pleasing to God?

Conclusion If you have been honest in admitting your sins, ask God's forgiveness right now. Claim His promise to forgive and remove your sins
"as far as the east is from the west" (Psalm 103:12). Remember three things:

(1) Every sin is against God so confess your sins to Him and make things right with Him.

(2) If your sin is also against another person, make things right with that person.

(3) If your sin is against a group, make it right with the group.

Don't be afraid to say "I am sorry" to God, a business associate, a classmate, a member of your family, a fellow Christian, a Sunday School class, or anyone else against whom you have sinned.

Genuine revival has always started in the hearts of God's people as they have confessed their sins, allowed the Holy Spirit to control their lives and made themselves available for service.

Arthur Davenport Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 18545
Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Helpful Links

Scripture - O.T. text with Audio (New 9/24/04)

Scripture - N.T. text with Audio (New 9/24/04)

I Want a Principle Within - by Charles Wesley

Why God Used D. L. Moody - by R. A. Torrey
Spiritual Self Study - By Keith Drury

"Men Must Get Right..." - Article by Oswald Smith

Chapter 5, "The Deeper Christian Life" by A. Murray

Inspiration! - Meaningful for committed Christians

Heartlight Devotionals - Charles Spurgeon, Oswald Chambers, and more! (added 12/6/04)

Devotional Poems/Songs - "Himself," "None of Self,"etc
Daily devotional by Oswald Chambers
Hymnsite - Hymns with music - Hymn treasury

Cyber Hymnal -Another treasury of hymns

Jeremy Taylor - Prayer and Devotions
A Call to Prayer - J. C. Ryle

Lessons on Prayer

Daily Prayers A week of prayers from 1904

Spend an Hour with God - 12 five minute segments

 


Lift Up Ministries

Personal Revival - Fasting and Prayer, by Bill Bright
Personal Holiness - Unlocking the Door to Effective Prayer
The Character of a Methodist - John Wesley

Sanctification - Dr. Thomas Hermiz. Brief and excellent explanation of an oft misunderstood term.

Online Sermons and Books

Online Commentaries - by Studylight (added 8/30/05)

A Spiritual Checkup - Winkey Pratney

Self-Examination - Sermon by Spurgeon

The Deeper Christian Life - Book by Andrew Murray

Holiness - Sermon by J. C. Ryle

Absolute Surrender - Book by Andrew Murray

Christian's Secret of a Happy Life - Hannah W. Smith

Plain Account of Christian Perfection - John Wesley

Matthew Henry's Commentary - Excellent commentary for Bible study. Free download!

Pursuit of God - Book by A. W. Tozer

 

 



Recommended reading

  • Christian's Secret of a Happy Life - A Classic (A link is also in "ONLINE BOOKS" section above.)
  • HOLINESS for Ordinary People, by Keith Drury
  • PRAYING the LORD'S PRAYER for Spiritual Breakthrough, by Elmer L. Towns, 1997
  • See "ONLINE BOOKS" section above for more.

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