July 1 “The Battle for Holiness” Through Jesus it is a fact that sin no longer has dominion over us, and yet sin continues to wage those battles against us. Dealing swiftly and firmly with the first motions of our sinful human nature is essential in the battle for holiness, never considering that our fight against sin is at
an end. Because the battle for holiness is ongoing, we are to be in pursuit of holiness.
July 8 “God’s Provision and our Responsibility” God delivers us from the reign of sin, unites us with Christ, and gives us the indwelling Holy Spirit, who convicts us of our sin, increases our desire for holiness, and strengthens us in our pursuit of holiness. God has given us these provisions, but it is our responsibility to walk in obedience and use what we have been given. Because God provides for our holiness and we have responsibility in it as well, we are to be in pursuit of holiness.
July 15 “Putting Sin to Death” To put to death the misdeeds of our sinful human nature is to destroy the strength and vitality of sin as it tries to reign in us. This is done through the conviction for and commitment to living a holy life, along with the immersion in and application of God’s word to our daily life. Because of our need to rid ourselves of sin, we are to be in pursuit of holiness.
July 22 “The Place of Personal Discipline” In writing to Timothy, Paul taught that we are to train or discipline ourselves to be godly. Discipline toward holiness begins with God’s word and leads us in correcting, molding, and training our moral character. Along the way, perseverance must be exercised in the disciplined practice of holiness for our life. Because of the Bible’s instruction for personal discipline, we are to be in pursuit of holiness.
July 29 “Holiness in Body” Our body is the temple of God, so the pursuit of holiness includes keeping the sinful desires of the body under control. As we depend on the Holy Spirit, we are strengthened and given self-control. Because our bodies are the dwelling place for God’s Spirit, we are to be in pursuit of holiness.