The Power of Holiness

By Francis Frangipane

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall have a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof" (2 Tim. 3:1-5 KJV).

Holiness is powerful. Have you ever met a truly holy man or woman? There is a power in their godliness. If, however, one has never known a Christlike soul, it becomes relatively easy to fake Christianity. The fact is that being false is natural to the human heart. Jeremiah wrote that the heart is deceitful above all else." It is with much effort that we become true. Unless we are reaching for spiritual maturity, our immaturity shapes our perceptions of God. We point to the Almighty and say, "He stopped requiring righteousness," when in reality, we have compromised the standards of His kingdom. Indeed, the moment we stop obeying God, at that moment we started faking Christianity.
You see, true Christianity is an unfolding experience with Jesus Christ. It starts with spiritual rebirth and faith in Christ, but it continues into Christ's own holiness, power and love.

The Goal Is to See Clearly

By Francis Frangipane

The judgmental, carnal mind sees the image of itself in others. Without realizing it is seeing itself, it assumes it is perceiving others. Jesus refers to the person who judges others as a "hypocrite." However, the Lord is not saying we should totally stop thinking about people all together. He wants us to be able to help one another. The emphasis in Jesus’ command to "judge not" is summarized in His concluding remark: "First take the log out of your own eye, and THEN you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye." The way we help is not by judging, but by seeing clearly. And we do not see clearly until our instinct to judge after the flesh is uprooted!

Adapted from Francis Frangipane's books, The Three Battlegrounds and Spiritual Discernment and the Mind of Christ available at www.arrowbookstore.com.