“Hearts Openly Loving
Ramesh C. Reddy
"Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To
all God's Holy people in Christ
Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons. Grace and
peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
(Philippians 1:1-2, NIV)
"What label do you give yourself?"
I asked myself how does Paul address those receiving the letter at
To all God's Holy people
2. To the overseers
3. To the deacons
I decided to focus on point 1 today!
I asked myself what does
What came to my mind is that these are people that are set apart for
Christ Jesus. They are not their own anymore.
Why is it significant that Paul addresses the
people of Philippi as 'God's Holy people'
instead of 'sinners'?
It is so significant that Paul addresses the people of Philippi as God's
Holy people not because of any good things they have done on their own
to achieve this title but because of Christ's righteousness being
imputed to them as a result of the
finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary. That means when God
looks at the Philippians, no matter how marred their earthly life looks
because of their shortcomings or sin, God can only see the righteousness
of Christ covering over them by His precious blood. God seeing Christ in
them whom they have accepted will make them God's Holy people because of
Christ's finished work. What an awesome feeling and freeing feeling it
must have been to the Philippians to be labeled as God's Holy people
instead of sinners because of Christ's love for them and what Jesus did
on the cross for them hundreds of years ago.
I asked myself what are the implications for my own life?
I don't have to live my
life thinking 'woe is me, I am bound to sin so be it because it is human
nature.' Instead I can rest in the assurances of my Lord and Personal
Savior Jesus Christ who will sanctify me daily setting me apart for His
purposes not because of my own ability but because of His ability
working in me and through me. I can be rest assured that God sees me as
Holy. Thank you Jesus! Now, 'I don't have to use 'it is human nature
as an excuse to sin and be okay about it'. It does not have to be that
way because of Christ.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every
spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation
of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he
predestined us for adoption to sonship
through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—"
(Ephesians 1:3-5, NIV)
"But among you there must not be even a hint of
sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because
these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity,
foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather
thanksgiving." (Ephesians 5:3-4, NIV)
"Once you were alienated from God and were
enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has
reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you
holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you
continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the
hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that
has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I,
Paul, have become a servant." (Colossians 1:21-23, NIV)
I can now see myself as Holy and be Holy
because of Jesus Christ and what He already did for me on the cross of
Calvary as I yield my life over to Christ daily and ask
Him to lead and guide my path every step of the way. You can too friend!
I ASK YOU!
I ask you now dear friend, why should you
believe you are H.O.LY instead of a sinner?
Dear friend, you have the free will to label yourself with whatever
label you want but it is important to remember that the label we give
ourselves also defines us many times. As a follower of Christ, if you
keep thinking to yourself that 'I am bound to sin because of my human
nature so I cant help it with the sins I commit' then you will live your
life in sin because you are depending on your own ability and have given
yourself a label to abide by that you are a sinner who cannot change.
This is not what Jesus wants for you as His follower. He wants you to
see yourself as Holy, being set apart for the Lord to do His work. Let
us not forget that only Christ the Lord can make us Holy and help us
live a life of Holiness. It cannot be accomplished no other way. I
praise you Lord! You should live with the confidence that you are being
sanctified daily set apart for the Lord :)
"But you are a chosen people, a royal
priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may
declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his
wonderful light." (1 Peter 2:9, NIV)
Yes, friend, you have been called out of
darkness into His wonderful light so that you can have a new beginning
when you yield yourself to Christ and live your life that way. He asks
you to be Holy and think of yourself as Holy not because you can do it
on your own but He wants to work in you and through you and can do it
for you. That is exciting to know!
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters,
in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy
and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform
to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his
good, pleasing and perfect will." (Romans 12:1-2, NIV)
former small group leader of Transformers made this verse our
signature verse that defined Transformers small group of Oakland
International Fellowship few years ago.
As followers of Christ, we are being sanctified
daily from the sin that burdens us and holds us captive in different
areas but that does not mean we live our life with the label of being
sinners who are bound to do bad stuff but instead we should see
ourselves as being set apart for the Lord Jesus Christ. You are a new
creation in Christ Jesus. This in itself is amazing that the Lord Jesus
chose us in our weaknesses to becomes His vessels of reconciliation to a
world marred in sin and captivity making us a new creation in Him taking
away the old. When we do mess up, we can have the assurance that when we
acknowledge our mess up before the Lord, He will forgive us and set us
on the right path. We can also be assured
when we walk in the Spirit we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new
creation has come: The old has gone, the
new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through
Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was
reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins
against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his
appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to
God. God made him who had no sin to be sin
for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2
Corinthians 5:17-21, NIV)
"If we claim to have fellowship with him and
yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if
we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one
another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all
sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth
is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and
will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1
John 1:6-9, NIV)
"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not
gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary
to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in
conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want."
(Galatians 5:15-17, NIV)
Friend, let us not forget that we are either a
slave to Satan or slave to Christ, for we cannot have it both ways. When
we give ourselves to Christ, we can be Holy, being set apart for the
Lord instead of living a life of sin using the excuse, 'woe is me, I am
only human'. No friend, we have victory in Jesus Christ to help us
through! Praise the Lord!
"What then? Shall we sin because we are not
under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you
offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the
one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to
obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that,
though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your
heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You
have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I
am using an example from everyday life because of your human
limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity
and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to
righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were
free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at
that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in
death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become
slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is
eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
(Romans 6:15-23, NIV)
May you all be seen as hearts openly loving
"Hearts Openly Loving Yeshua! (H.O.L.Y)"/"Why
should you believe you are H.O.L.Y instead of
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you so much for dying on the cross for my sin to
redeem me and save me by the power of your precious cleansing blood.
Thanks so much Jesus when anyone turns to you and gives you their life
surrendering all that they are and will be to you, you will forever see
them as your Holy people instead of sinners. This means a lot to me Jesus because
I know you will accept me in Heaven because God will see your
righteousness imputed to me. Thanks so much Jesus. Thanks I can live for
you and serve you the rest of the days of my life because of the Holy
Spirit's work in my life. You are my all in all and I need your help
daily to live a life of Holiness for this is what you want for me. Thank
you so much Jesus. Help me Jesus. I love you Jesus and accept you as my Lord and
Personal Savior. Thank you when I mess up, you are there to set me on
the right path when I confess and repent of my sin before you. You are a
God of love who cleanses me of all my sin and gives me a new start.
Thank you for Romans 7 that explains the struggle between our sin and
Romans 8 where we find our freedom in you. Thanks again for teaching me
about the importance of how I label myself. I need to label myself your
way. Thanks Jesus. Thank you my identity can be found in you! Thank you for coming into my heart and making my heart
your home when I ask you to be part of my life forever. Thanks Jesus for living in me
and for the new life. Thank you for hearing my prayer and answering me! In Your Name I Pray Jesus!
You are my all in all. You are my Prince of Peace,
Rock, Savior, and Friend. You are my Holy Father guiding me through to live a
life of righteousness, holy righteousness. Oh God, I need you more than ever. I
need to feel your hands around me holding me tight. I need your love to surround
me so that you can glow in my life. Help me please Jesus. I desire in your
presence. Thank you for guiding me to live a life of righteousness. Oh God you
love me more than ever. You hear my voice when I cry out to you. When I seek
your face, you fill me up. You are my all in all. Thank you Jesus so much for
your help no matter what I face, your grace is available and you take my case.
Thank you for hearing us and answering us. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN!
(Most of the prayer is from a vineyard song called “All in All”)
No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come in
and resides with you! You are not alone! To make your walk strong with
the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him as you would to a friend.
You don’t need special words to talk to the Lord. Spend time in His Word
reading Psalms and turning them into prayer. Next allow God to heal you
and speak to you through the Gospel of John or Gospel of Mark before
moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord show you to
which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be
part of a body of believers to help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible
believing church that preaches the Word of God from Genesis to
Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord who
brings us hope, healing, and help!
May the Lord's presence and peace fill you with His love now and
Friend, if you have prayed this prayer and meant it in your heart, you
are a new creation in Christ and all old things are passed away and
everything has become new! You may feel something or may not but don’t
base it on feelings but base your new life in Christ on the promises of
our Savior who will never leave you nor forsake you! Amen!
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"This is my
work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work
within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)