Holiness Leads to Happiness
Do you believe this truth; holiness leads to happiness?
My life testifies to this truth; though when I look around it’s dismissed by a multitude of lies, as it once was in my life. The main one being you can’t be truly holy AND happy because the path of holiness leads to continual sacrifice, thus suffering and lack. This is the world’s lie, when in reality the opposite is true; holiness leads to happiness. This lie keeps us from seeking it, thus truly seeking to walk in oneness with God and His perfect wisdom that makes our lives a continual feast. Psalm 138:8, Proverbs 15:15 To understand this dynamic of holiness and happiness is a part of knowing the true God.
Purging False Images
To understand this truth and for it to become real in our life, we first have to set aside all images of holiness; cathedrals, nuns, convents, contrived humility/meekness, anything eternal. Mark 7:7-8, 15 Holiness doesn’t come from the external, but internal. It’s of the heart, thus to know it ALL images related to it have to be purged. When we willing offer this clean slate to God; then the deep instruction of God begins. He destroys the lies and replaces them with truth.
What is Holiness?
Holiness = feeling, thinking and doing what is the most loving and honoring (2 sides of same coin) for ourselves, others and God.
Holiness is the result of an inner transformation of the soul affecting our heart, spirit, and mind. It’s the interworking and result of purity, truth and love that come from being a part of God and obeying God’s truth. We become holy as we obey God’s instruction within our soul; for that is where God communes with us. When we obey we love. We obey when we love God. We obey because God’s ways are love. As we obey we become united to God. Then, holiness shines in us and lights the space around us.
If you continuously abide in pure love for yourself, others and God, what do you suppose the state of your soul will be?
Brings Abundant Life
Walking in God’s truth, which is obeying His counsel within our soul, is walking in true wisdom. When we act in wisdom, our life is recreated inside and out. Wisdom transforms not only us, but the space around us. It creates a life of inner and outer growing peace, purpose, rest, purity, healing … truly all things that bring abundant happiness and everlasting joy. Christ spirit in us is our wisdom. 1 Corin 1:30, 2 Peter 1:4 His Spirit within us counsels and instructs us in all wisdom, which is the most loving and honoring decision that results in holiness.
Becoming a Vessel of Honor
Once we truly start seeking God, our sin is used for refinement. The consequences of the sin (as an illness, hardship, angst, unrest, stress, etc) present a sign that we are going against God’s will, which we don’t desire for it leads to all those things we don’t want. If we are of God, we desire to abide in love and not have any sin abiding in us. We want purged all that is contrary to God, so we can dwell in perfect unity with Him. 2 Peter 3:11, 13-14 We need wisdom’s rebukes in our spirit so we can walk in the way of righteousness. Proverbs 1:23 As we grow in obedience, which is growing in love; the result is holiness. If we take away honor or love, then we take away holiness and joy.
Happy is he who trusts in God. When we trust we obey. If we trust external things to bring us honor/value/love, we’ll block holiness thus happiness.
Psalm 146:5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Ask God to build this truth in your life. This transformation within your soul is now possible as Christ is making His home in the souls prepared for Him. Rev 3:8, John 10:9 His spirit in us compels, enables, and empowers us to walk in the purest of love. Without His spirit, we can do nothing. With it nothing is impossible. His spirit is the morning star that is now rising in our souls. As we go through this transition, we are becoming a part of God’s house built without hands for Him to dwell in forever. Ephesians 2:20-21
Psalm 144:15 Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!
September 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm
Hi Rachel, I say Amen! However I am still striving to understand “love”. Several years ago, I ask God, “if you are real, you will have to proove it to me, for nothing I have heard harmonizes with what I read”. I began meeting with unknown people that said strange things about the Lord. As I studied scripture, other scripture began coming in to remberance that made scripture very understandable. As I am very interested in history; fulfillment of prophesy was obvious. No doubt in my mind about the God of Abraham, Issac & Jacob.—Now everything I think about or do, I try to see if it fits within God’s ten commandment. For I believe it is what God was saying when He said, “if I were to write My law by the ten-thousand he would think it a strange thing”. Is a drawing to truth, what is called love? E.W.
September 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm
Hi Eldon, There is nothing more important that seeking the true pure love of God … Pray to seek to know this love above all else… let God Himself show you and wait on Him to show you for no one else can. He has to reveal and show you .. you can’t dig it out of scripture .. it is an intimate communion between you and God. He teaches you through your life and in your soul. His love is pure and honoring to all you, others and God. Truth is love. Wisdom is acting in perfect love. His love and it’s power is foundational to all that is written, especially for the end times. But in people’s images of end times happenings it gets lost and fear and panic take its place because most end time instruction/understanding orginiated from a fallen and corrupted organized religion; not the instruction of the Holy Spirit.
September 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm
Thank you for showing us how holiness leads to happiness too! God bless you, sweet Rachel, and all that you discover with Him.
September 5, 2012 at 10:52 pm
This is an encouragement to me to set all other pursuits aside for Him, Christ, for in Him all the fullness of God dwells. Thanks for keeping true to His revelation.
September 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm
Hi Patrick – may God greatly bless you in insight and wisdom and you seek Him in truth and spirit.