Open Loving Yeshua (H.O.L.Y)!”
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 any 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)
Elder Calvin, our
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 opening loving
"Heart Open 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!
May you be touched by the Lord's presence and share the Gospel of
Jesus Christ as you yourself bask in the loving Arms of love of our
Savior. We cannot give anything or spread the Good News of Christ unless
we have personally seen and experienced His love in our own life.
We will only be excited to share or spread any news if it makes an
impact in our own life for that is human tendency so may you be impacted
by Jesus Christ in your own life that you cannot keep Jesus to yourself
but have the urge and desire to keep spreading Jesus.
May you all continue to have a MERRY CHRISTMAS SEASON and a HAPPY NEW
Dear Lord Jesus, it touches me so much when I see the
original candy cane and what it means. Thank you Jesus for being my
Good Shepherd and guiding me by your staff. It is so cool the candy
cane is in the shape of a 'J' to remind us of you. Not only that but
the white coating reminds me of your purity. You who had no sin
became sin for us that we may attain the righteousness of God. The
red stripes represent your blood shed to cleanse us of all of our
sins. The tiny stripes represent the Trinity. We love you Lord and
need you. Thank you for being their for us and being our sweet
Savior! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!
Lord 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”)
If you would like to
invite Jesus Christ into your heart and make Him a daily part of your
life, you can this very moment. You will never be alone. You can claim
God's promises for you in the Bible and see them come true, before your
eyes, in His wonderful timing. You don't have to wait for a special time
to come to the Lord. You can come right now as you pray the prayer
below, meaning it in your heart.
God I am a sinner. I am invaded by this deadliest virus. Many times I
feel so guilty and yucky inside. I need forgiveness. I am so sorry for
my sins. I have not obeyed you with my whole heart! I have gone my own
way and done my own things. I struggle with sin. I need you Jesus
in my life so I can receive forgiveness and a new beginning. In the
process, I can forgive others as you help me to. Thank you so much
Jesus. I accept the antidote you have sent me. I believe Jesus you died
for me and your cleansing blood will cleanse me from all my sins. You
came back to life to save me. Thank you God I am set free, free from the
bondage of sin. Hear my cry Oh Lord. I accept you Jesus into my heart. I
make you my Lord and Personal Savior of my life. Thank you Father God
for giving me Salvation. Thank you Jesus for coming into my heart and
making my heart your home. Thank you for living in me Jesus and I will
live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life. Thank you
for being my Lord and personal Savior! I can live a life of peace with
you on my side. Thank you that you have heard my prayer and answered me!
In your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN!
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!
No matter who you are, it is not ever too
late to join a Bible-believing church or a college fellowship. I highly
encourage each of you to come to Small Group on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Oakland International Fellowship on Sunday
mornings at 9:00 a.m. for prayer, 10:00 a.m. for Community Bible Time in
Gospel of John, worship at 11:30 a.m, and fellowship lunch at 12:30 pm.
May the Lord's presence and peace fill you
with His love now and forever! Amen!
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!
Feel free to email me at
if you want to meet
to study the Bible, pray with, talk about Spiritual issues or whatever
is on your mind! My number is 412-641-9426
"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty
energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)