July 1

July 1, 2018 // Devotional+Holiness in High Country

Read: Colossians 2:6-7

Just as you once accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue living in vital union with Him, with your roots deeply planted in Him, being consciously built up in Him, and growing stronger in faith (Colossians 2:6-7, Williams).

We Live By Faith

A young Christian just recently sanctified once asked, “How do I keep the blessing?” The wise answer was, “Don’t try to keep the blessing; let the Blesser keep you!”

Every spiritual gift which we receive from God is given in response to our faith. We receive entire sanctification by faith, and we are kept in this relationship to God by continuing faith. We cannot by our own efforts preserve any blessing that God has given to us in response to faith.

In our text Paul declares: “You must continue living in vital union with Him, with your roots deeply planted in Him… growing stronger in faith.” In the sanctified life we are to be “rooted… in him” and thus grow as a tree grows; drawing life and strength from the soil in which it is embedded.

Dr. P. F. Bresee writes: “We stand by faith; God provides that into such a heart the divine Presence comes filling it with himself. He keeps it. The Bible insists upon, and we must have holiness of heart; but we cannot trust in a holy heart; we can trust only in Him who dwells within it.”

Day by day the sanctified Christian turns to God in simple faith. Sometimes, in hours of severe test, we must turn to Him moment by moment. As the Holy Spirit once cleansed sin from my heart in response to my faith, so by faith He cleanses and fills me today.

Affirmation For Today

When my inner assurance begins to grow faint I resolve to pray, to obey, and to trust God until the assurance is strong again.