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How to become Holy....

Updated on February 26, 2013

If you are looking how to become Holy, that's good, but let's start by saying that we cannot become Holy, by trying to become Holy.

The only way to become Holy, is not by starting to do Holy things, it's by STOPPING doing unholy things.

For years my family have used a water distiller to produce the water we drink in the home, it's an easy way of ensuring that what you drink is pure and unadulterated, and it works on the simple principal that by heating the water, it turns to steam, passes over a cooling tube, and reconvenes as pure water at the other end.

All the impurities stay in the distiller.

Every believer will have had an encounter with Christ at some stage. It may have been at the front of your local church after an 'altar call ', or in private when your sins finally convicted you and you cried out to God, or even as your life flashed before your eyes in a dramatic incident that (almost ) cost you your life.

But it happened, and in that brief few moments when the presence of God was enveloping you, your spirit became enlivened and you believed.

At that moment you just KNEW that the battle for your soul was over, your rebellion was ceased, Satan had lost and you sang out praises to God.... you may still be singing His praises..... you may only remember that wonderful time when Christ saved you, from yourself (the world ) and released you into His Kingdom.

But it happened, and if it did not happen for you.... well.... set about getting to that point in time, for it's the start of eternity.... the second when you step out of time and into eternity.

But then, one morning, or maybe late in the night, you found yourself missing that vital link, your soul was heavy and you maybe even doubted whether the whole thing had been a mirage of your mind, a mental contortion.

You entered the 'dark night of the soul '.

Perhaps you are in that place now, and possibly that's why I was given this hub to write, just for you....

....or me?

When a believer comes to Christ, they are regenerated, and by that I mean reformed spiritually, in a literal sense.... 're formed ' and 're generated '.... in Christian speak it's called 'born again ' but most denominations put little emphasis on the dying part first, they are just happy to have a new believer and (in most churches I have visited ) seem content to let that newbie alone, as long as they read their bible, and attend cell/house group and Sunday service.

That's probably a generalisation in your churches case, but it's far too frequent in many churches that the new believer is not mentored or discipled to guide them through the maze that confronts them in their new life.

But if the church body may be content to leave it up to them to stop being unholy, (and let's face it, many of those in the church have not stopped their unholy activities ) then there is one person who definitely is NOT prepared to leave them in their new life.

Satan, who recently lost them out of his domain, is keen to try to get back into their lives and regain control, if not ownership, and he has legions of spiritual demons to assist him.

He saved them from the hand of him who hated them,and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.

The waters covered their enemies;
There was not one of them left.

Then they believed His words; They sang His praise.

They soon forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel,

But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness,and tested God in the desert.

He gave them their request,but sent leanness into their soul.

Psalm 106 v 10-15 NKJV

This article originated after I read the scripture at right, Psalm 106, which is actually written to describe the Hebrews deliverance from Egypt, but (like most of what God writes) is also applicable to ourselves, as the spiritual descendants of Christ.

The release from bondage in Egypt and especially the 'Passover' is a symbol of how Christ was sent to 'deliver' us from our enemies (Satan and his dominion of the world )

The verses that leapt off the page were:

Then they believed His words; They sang His praise.
They soon forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel.

Like the Hebrew people.... Gods chosen.... we also come to faith, we sing His praises, but (unfortunately) many of us forget His works and do not await His counsel before we act.

We 'lust exceedingly in the wilderness, and test God in the desert' and God does give us our requests, but He also sends 'leanness to our soul'

We starve in our spirit's when our soul is not refreshed by Gods presence.

Then we feel 'unholy' and Satan is constantly whispering in our ear just how 'unholy' we are, and then we can make a second mistake, and start trying to become Holy.

Too often that leads to whoever is trying to attain Holyness becoming 'Holier than thou' in their lives, after all, they have worked hard to become Holy, and they believe you should respect their hard work......

But the keys to holiness do not lie in any endeavour to become holy, they lie in the praise of our Lord, the remembrance (daily, as you pick up your 'cross') of what He did for us, and the awaiting of His counsel before we act.

As with distilled water, purity happens when you have removed the impurities, and that is achieved in our lives by deciding to stop the unholy actions, when you do that, then in time, what is left will be available to God, for His purposes.

I have met a few Holy believers, and all of them had been through the fires of purification to get to be Holy, and none of them made any point about what they had become.

They are instantly aware of anything that will affect their relationship with God, and shun ungodliness in an instance.

They also carry a powerful anointing, and it's here that you see the healing and miracles taking place.

Our righteousness is NEVER our own, it comes from being hidden in Christ, so even in our depravity, we are acceptable to God, masked by Christ's redeeming sacrifice.

So do NOT let the enemy tell you that you are unworthy (even though we are).

Because Christ has made us worthy, nothing we do will ever make us worthy in our own right, but in Him, we are accounted worthy.

Everything that happens in your life is a way of bringing you to God, you were chosen, for a reason, to receive His blessings, and God does not make bad things.

It's Satan that corrupts our earthly minds with his deception and brings unholy things into our lives.

Mark Knowles
Mark Knowles

I post in the forums when I have time and am always confronted by Mark, Earnest, and PC along with the rest of the faithful 'band of brothers' committed to refuting Gods word.

I thank them for their rebuttals.

When I first started on the hub forums, they swarmed like flies to a dung-heap, as I started posting scripture replies to their challenges, and for a short while I 'lost it ' when I set about returning their attacks, rather than turning the cheek.

But God is using them just as much as He uses anyone who gets involved with God.

They may not like it, but they are 'God's Chisels ' just as much as the Skit Guys are, albeit from an opposing perspective, but still used to bring revelation to us sinners and make us challenge our beliefs and actions.

I have informed them (frequently ) that they are being 'Satan Whisperers ' and will continue to point out that they do Satan's job for him, accusing the brethren, but then someone must hold that position, for God does not bring guilt and accusation to us, God brings conviction of sin and salvation, not just condemnation and scorn.

They have rejected God, but it seems God has not rejected them (He never does ) and will continue to allow them to be used by Satan until they turn to Him, or die without a relationship.

We all have to make our own choices.

Edit Jan 2012: Earnesthub has since sadly died.

Now after that commercial break for our resident atheists, back to the hub!

Samson and David were men who carried Gods anointing, but were flawed in their personal lives.

Samson was a womaniser and in the eyes of most church councils would be considered a poor example of what being Holy was about, likewise David did things that would be frowned upon by any leadership, and indeed both were challenged by God, and paid for their sins in temporal time.

But they were still much used by God in their lives, and are 'champions of the faith'.

David seemed to have a direct line to God.... but then we all do.... however he kept his communication channel open and used it day and night.

Samson was also carrying the anointing.... but did not stay in touch, and ended up in a spiritual wilderness of the soul.

We need to stay in touch, Christ is not a once only experience, or even a once a week encounter, He's everywhere and the fact is that only by ignoring His communications to us, can we 'lust exceedingly in the wilderness'.

We need to apply a filter before we can cut out those gentle leadings that tell us that this or that is not acceptable to God.

When the supermarket checkout worker makes the wrong change for us, in our favour, we need to listen to Christ telling us to let them know, rather than our inner voice saying 'that's OK, it's their mistake, and anyway the store makes billions each year in profits, what's the problem'

The problem is that it's unholy to take their money, and that one small act of unholiness separates us from Gods blessings, until we have repented of it.

On the forums the constant mantra of the unsaved is along the lines of:

"Why does YOUR God bless you and not the starving children in Africa?"

And the answer is simple, but unpalatable to most folk of a non believing persuasion.

God favours us....

He favoured all of us who He has blessed with the capacity to even write or read this in our own home, rather than a tin hut in some small township, as many sincere believers must do.

He favours us with food each day, and He favoured us by letting us be born into the richest nations of the world, where we received education and civil protection and expect a comfortable life (no matter how poor we are) as a right, not a priviledge.

That favour was won by our forefathers relationship with Christ, and by the way our legal and social systems were modelled upon Gods precepts.

Sadly, the current generations of we rich ones have done exactly what God tells us not to do, we have: forgotten His works, have not waited for His counsel, and have lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, testing God in the desert.

We with our worldly humanist superiority, have turned away from God the Creator, and He, true to his word, has given us our request but sent leanness to our souls.

The world is suppurating in it's iniquity, seething with discontent and unrest, and oblivious to the reason why.

But they blame a god the refuse to acknowledge exists.

The poor will always be with us, Jesus told us that, and despite the considerable efforts of both church and state to improve their lot, they are still with us and always will be.

Do I think that's fair..... NO

Do I think it's just.... YES

Because God is just,,,,,, not fair... as opposed to the atheist mantra, "Gods just not fair!"

That comma makes all the difference.

The comma is the realisation that God IS in control and where He is ALLOWED to rule, then His blessings will flow from generation to generation, in individual lives and over states, nations and tribes.

Blessings or Curses, you can choose!

Most places where poverty rules have been evangelised since we first sent out missionaries to preach the word, yet still they have governments that steal from their people and do not observe Gods words, they have "forgotten His works, have not waited for His counsel, and have lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, testing God in the desert."

And still the humanists blame God for this!

Enough of the rant!..... if we want Holiness, we need to stop doing unholy things.

You will NOT be made Holy by what you do, it's what you do not do, that will bring you to holiness.

Every day you make the decisions that are either holy, or unholy.

We all make the choices, choose wisely.

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    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      5 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Glad you enjoyed it and found it mootiful peach!

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i am a holy cow, glad to read your hub that brought some moos

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      Kathy Henderson 

      9 years ago from Pa

      Was checking out some hubs and found yours ~ I really enjoyed it ~ wonderful read:)

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      9 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Hi john000 thanks for reading, I like when people comment, gives me the chance to read the hub again and refresh my own thoughts on the subject!

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      John R Wilsdon 

      9 years ago from Superior, Arizona

      Well-thoughtout hub. Clearly you have thought about what is unholy and not focussed on trying to do things that will "make you holy". It is a distinction worth all to remember. Thanks for a good hub. Bravo.

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      10 years ago

      Well said

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      50 Caliber 

      10 years ago from Arizona

      John, you've given me much to enjoy as well learn and few new ways to see it, stay Blessed, Dusty

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      10 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for the honesty and encouragement of this hub aguasilver...I think we need to be constantly remenided that it was Christ's goodness that enabled us to come to God. And even that, it was the Father's grace that drew us to Him...we can take credit or glory for nothing...but in all things give humble and grateful thanks...bless you friend...

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      Allen Werner 

      10 years ago from West Allis

      Awesome and incredible read! Every Christian goes through not one - but many "dark night of the soul." When you just start your walk, you need faithful believers nearby, encouraging your walk. You need to know that your flesh and your soul are going to wrestle with one another for control. You need to know you are not perfect and sometimes the flesh will win - but its not unforgiveable. You need to know that there are some very intelligent people in the world that can twist the truth of the Word like the serpent - but their twisting can be untwisted with patience and prayer, and a spark of revelation from the Holy Spirit. Holy - being separated for the Lord's purpose - is only a choice away. Peace.

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      10 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      Great hub! I have found that when you see someone that lashes out vehemently against God it's often times because they have experienced great offense somewhere in their past. They only understand an angry response and don't understand when you respond in love. You are also right when it comes to new believers, they usually are left on their own to flounder around very sad.

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      Woman Of Courage 

      10 years ago

      Excellent hub! I agree also that holiness is not about acting religious. I enjoy being a humble servant for God, and allowing the light of Jesus to shine through me.

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      10 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Hi Cosette,

      Believe me I was a most reluctant defector, for I was one of those happy sinners who indulged in all things to excess... but I'm also not a fool, and it became obvious that God wanted me warts and all, and do you know what, most everyone who's worked for God was, let's say character defective in the morality department!

      I'm 'chosen' like the Jews were chosen, reluctantly, but grateful all the same.

      Thanks for reading!

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      10 years ago

      i am familiar with the term 'washed clean', etc.

      my problem is, i lead a quiet, quotidian life, as i never indulge in naughty behaviors like partying or drugs or swinging from trapezes in bedrooms, so i'm already pretty 'clean' fact some people assume i am a bit of a bluestocking although i am the farthest thing from that. i just have no interest in indulging in a lot of 'sinful' just doesn't appeal to me. so i probably don't have a bottom to hit, you know, when people hit bottom. is feeling lost enough to enter the long, dark teatime of the soul?

      *thanks for mentioning how some people can act 'holier than thou'. you're one of the first Christians on here who hasn't rubbed me the wrong way because you don't act like you're one of the chosen ones. when i did encounter one or two like that i totally closed myself off to anything they had to say.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      10 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Amen great hub! Being holy is not sounding or acting religious, but walking in the light of God's Word and reflecting the character of Christ.

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      Dave Mathews 

      10 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      We are reminded that works alone will not save us. We must add faith into the blend also but even this will not make us "HOLY" Only Our Heavenly Father can bestow this upon us.

      Brother Dave.

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      fred allen 

      10 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      I've seen some of the same arguments against faith. I responded to one stating that God does in fact care that people suffer. He sends His church to aid in their relief. He enables us to go forth and show His tender mercy that we may be a part of what He is doing. I further stated that He is calling them to be part of the solution. I got more of the same God bashing in return. It is a shame that they are searching in the right place for an answer they refuse to hear. Your hub is inspiring!

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      Martie Coetser 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      I like your thoughts on this, and I agree with HOOWANTSTONO. I’ve noticed the situation in the forums. It is not to the honour of God to argue with those who don’t believe in Him. We have to show and not tell our faith in Christ – and, of course, stop being unholy. Only to honour God and not ourselves or any others. Thanks for a well-written hub!

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      William Kovacic 

      10 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Nice read!

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      Ray Van Hoff 

      10 years ago from Michigan U.S.A.


      Beautiful Hub! As one who has indeed sat in the presence of my creater, I admire your devotion.

      thanx for the inspiration

      caretakerray :)

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      10 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & beautiful! 'Be still and know that I am God...'

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for this HUB . The fact that it is not our works that save us or give us recognition from God, but what we believe Jesus Christ did for us. I have met the Lord many times and every occasion his words are "My Grace is sufficient for thee" and Jesus is the Grace of God. New creature, hid in Christ, just like Noah and his family in the Ark, Christ the Ark.



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