The Cry Of Every Believer Should Be “Let Me Decrease As

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The cry of every believer should be “let me decrease as Jesus increases in my life.” The starting point is to understand fully what one believes (thinking), followed by what one does with that belief (acting) and finally defining that person as a disciple of Jesus Christ (being). An important part of the Christian walk is to consistently assess one’s spiritual growth. This is accomplished by thinking, acting and being like Jesus. Understanding core beliefs, foundational practices and Christ like virtues, will enable the follower of Jesus to mature in service to Him as he obtains personal holiness. Every follower of Jesus Christ is called to holiness. As a believer focuses on faithfully serving the Lord, that believer will continue to…show more content…
Holiness: "Be ye holy; for I am holy" (Leviticus 11:44; 19:2), plainly describes a standard of living for the follower of Jesus Christ. Mankind cannot begin to understand the attributes of God; however, reflection of His righteousness and love (in which true holiness consists) is obtainable through the indwelling help of His Holy Spirit. Man, made in the image of God, is able to reflect His divine character, as the moon reflects the light of the sun. Isaiah teaches that holiness convicts men of sin (Isaiah 6:3,1) and the psalmist states that the only way to stand in His presence is with clean hands and a pure heart (Psalms 24:3). God 's demand for moral holiness is made clear throughout scripture. Psalm 15:1 sheds light on the fact that holiness rests upon those walking in righteousness and truth and the possession of a contrite and humble spirit (Isaiah 57:15). Holiness in the New Testament translates into a distinctive quality of life. The Lord’s followers are regularly called "saints" or holy men, and holiness was used to describe the appropriate quality of their life and conduct, being separate from the world and consecrated to God. Just as Israel under the old covenant was a chosen race, so the Christian church in succeeding to Israel 's privileges became a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9), and the individual Christian too, becomes holy (Colossians 3:12) (Orr, 1915). The term holy does not

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