Pursuing Holiness, One choice at a time


pursuingThis morning I read Ephesians 4:14-24. Here are a few thoughts that “jumped out” at me as I read:

  • I am not to be like a child who is easily tricked and led astray (vs. 14)
  • I am to allow God’s truth to ground me (like an anchor) and help me mature in my faith (vs. 15)
  • I need to choose to reject “folly, vanity, emptiness of soul and futility” (vs. 17)
  • Going my own way will result in spiritual blindness, a hard heart, and indulging in “every form of impurity that (my) depraved desires may suggest and demand” (vs. 18,19)
  • I need to reject (die to) my old nature and renew my mind (vs. 20-23)
  • Choosing to follow God will enable me to be truly righteous and holy (vs. 24)

Lysa Terkeurst says, “Pursuing holiness means God is the only One we should long for; want greatly; desire eagerly. The only One worthy of worship.” She sums it up this way:

” . . . the very next choice I make is a crucial one. Literally, it will determine if I am walking the path of victory or compromise. One wise choice can lead to two, can lead to three, can lead to a thousand, can lead to the sweet place of utter dependence on God and lasting discipline . . . A place our souls were made to call home.”

Steve Green reminds me that I have to choose to die to my desires, will and plans in order order to enter into the holy life God has for me:

Enter In by Steve Green

Nothing chills the heart of man
Like passing through death’s gate
Yet to him who enters daily
Death’s a glorious fate
Dearly beloved we are gathered here
To be a holy bride
And daily cross death’s threshold
To the holy life inside

( Chorus: )
Enter in, enter in
Surrender to the Spirit’s call
To die and enter in
Enter in, find peace within
The holy life awaits you, enter in

The conflict still continues
Raging deep within my soul
My spirit wars against my flesh
In a struggle for control
My only hope is full surrender
So with each borrowed breath
I inhale the Spirit’s will for me
To die a deeper death


If mourners should lament
Let them weep for those alive
For only when my will is killed
Can my soul survive


Today I choose to pursue holiness, one choice at a time:

  • I choose to get up early to spend time reading God’s Word and praying; I choose NOT to sleep in.
  • I choose to eat food that nourishes my body and gives me energy; I choose NOT to eat junk food which only provides temporary enjoyment.
  • I choose to exercise and strengthen my body; I choose NOT to be a couch potato.
  • I choose to spend time with my children, talking with them, listening to them, teaching and training them; I choose NOT to spend my time escaping by reading a book.

What about you? Are you pursuing holiness one choice at a time? I’d love to hear about the choices are you making.


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  2. Linda Marie Finn on February 26, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Totally Awesome Words and Also the Song !!! Excellent Thoughts !!!
    Hugs and Blessings
    Linda Finn

    • Ruth L. Snyder on February 26, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks Linda! I’ve heard that song many times, but this morning I stopped to really listen to the words and it fit in with what God’s teaching me 🙂

      • Linda Marie Finn on February 27, 2014 at 8:30 pm

        It was a first for me. The words are wonderful !

  3. Missy on February 27, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Ruth, I love your encouragement here to Enter in by CHOOSING to pursue holiness one choice at a time. AMEN to that! I pray God continues to fan the flames of your desire for deeper obedience to Him. I’m so glad that you shared today!
    Missy (OBS Blog Hop Team)

  4. Ruth L. Snyder on February 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks, Missy. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. Thanks for brightening my day 🙂

  5. hizstelar on February 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I love the choices you are making. We have the Holy Spirit to take us through this journey. 1 meal at a time.

    Stela (OBS Small Group Leader)

    • Ruth L. Snyder on February 27, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving an encouraging comment, Stela. Yes, it’s a good thing we don’t have to depend on our own strength!

  6. Marilyn on February 28, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Ruth I love how you listed the choices you are making in pursuing holiness. Blessings as you continue on in Made To Crave Action plan and seeking God’s direction and help in the journey.
    Marilyn (OBS Group Leader)

    • Ruth L. Snyder on February 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks for your continued support and encouragement. I’m looking forward to the Made to Crave Action plan!

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