Leadership Based on His Holiness

Leadership Based on His Holiness

Leadership and holiness are both desired for attainment, are recognized when they are lacking, yet both leadership and holiness are challenging to articulate.

Holiness is a Person

God is holy and the embodiment of holiness.

“For I am holy.” ~Leviticus 11:45c

“Thus says the Lord your Redeemer, the Holy One…I am the Lord, your Holy One.” ~Isaiah 43:14a, 15a NASB

“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, The Almighty, Who was and Who is and Who is to come.” ~Revelation 4:8b NASB

Jesus Christ is the perfect example of leadership and holiness lived out upon the earth. Webster states a leader is one that “leads and guides” while holiness “denotes purity of heart, freedom from sin, and integrity of moral character.”

“Jesus Christ is the perfect example of one who walked in holiness. If we look at how He lived and exemplified holiness, we see a life committed to honoring God, showing love, honoring parents, serving others, and keeping the body holy.” ~Aretha Grant

God’s Call for Holiness

God calls us to be holy unto Him.

“You are to be holy to Me; for I the Lord am holy, and have set you apart from the peoples (nations) to be Mine.” ~Leviticus 20:26 AMP

God wants us to imitate Him by walking in love toward others.

“Be therefore imitators of God, as beloved children. Walk in love, even as Christ also loved us and gave Himself up for us, and offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fragrance.” ~Ephesians 5:1-2 WEB

God gives us everything we need through Jesus Christ.

“For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” ~2 Peter 1:3 AMP

Holiness Standards – God or Man

Holiness is not something we can “work up” rather, it is something we become through the work of Jesus Christ. “The reality is that both salvation and sanctification are by faith, accompanied by repentance and obedience.”1

Past notions of holiness dealt with “stern prohibitions against drinking, dancing, and playing cards” while current churches (when holiness is discussed at all) is often associated with moral behavior such as sexual purity, financial honesty, and commitment to private prayer.”2

God convicts us of sin through His Holy Spirit, then we repent and receive His cleansing work. God does not condemn us. “This is the difference between condemnation (which is from the enemy and drives us away from God) and conviction (which is from the Holy Spirit and drives us into the arms of God).”3

“Cultivating a lifestyle of holiness does not mean that we must draft a list of dos and don’ts to live by. We are free from the letter of the law which kills (2 Corinthians 3:6) and now live according to the dictates of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16-18).”4

“Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you everything you have.” ~Billy Graham

Holiness by Blackaby
Holiness by Blackaby

Holiness: God’s Plan for Fullness of Life

In Holiness: God’s Plan for Fullness of Life, Henry Blackaby shares his heart cry for revival, “Let our nation, our churches, and our family lives receive a deep personal encounter with God. And may we be reoriented back to God at every level of life.”

Blackaby states the hard truth, “When you do not fear God, you will not fear sin. There is a direct relationship between a high view of God and a high view of sin. A low view of God brings a low view of sin. When there is no fear of God, there is no fear of sin.”

Blackaby speaks on our need for revival, “Revival is exclusively what God does to His people. Lost people cannot be revived because they never had life in the first place. They first have to be saved – awakened to their lost condition. God is shouting at His People saying, ‘It is not the lost who need to repent – it is God’s people who need to repent!’ We are the ones who have moved away from the Lord.”

“When I get my life right with God, my life becomes a highway over which God can go to convince and convict others of their sin. The highway of holiness is something God creates, but when God creates a highway of holiness He exposes sin like a refiner’s fire.” ~Henry Blackaby

The Fire of His Holiness
The Fire of HIs Holiness

The Fire of His Holiness

In The Fire of His Holiness, Sergio Scataglini shares, “The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to bring conviction of sin (John 16:8). God speaks very directly and specifically and His Word is clear. He tells us what is wrong with our hearts, our thoughts and our affections and [calls for] repentance from us. If we listen to His voice, He will change us. That is the work of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 7:10).”

Scataglini addresses sin, flesh and the Spirit of God, “Remember, holiness is not a list but a person: Jesus Christ. He has become our righteousness and sanctification (1 Corinthians 1:30). Legalism believes salvation is by faith but that sanctification is by works. But the reality is that both salvation and sanctification are by faith, accompanied by repentance and obedience. Even though self-discipline is necessary in our lives, it will not produce holiness.”

“We have experienced church growth without holiness. While the Church is pulling people out of the icy waters, the lifeboat itself is sinking. It is good to continue to grow as a church, but it is best – and necessary- that we grow into the holiness of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~Sergio Scataglini

Pray for Yourself

Scataglini encourages us to pray:

“Thank you, Lord, for dying on the cross for me. Lord, I know that I can live a life of holiness and purity. That is why right now, I receive the holiness of Jesus Christ. Angel for the Lord, take away my vile garments and give me new ones. Give me garments of purity, holiness and joy. My Lord, forgive my sin and free me from my rebelliousness. Change my character, transform my conduct toward my family, my work and my church. Make me a new person.

Lord, empty me from everything that is mine. Cleanse my heart. Empty it out so that I may be prepared to receive the fire of holiness. Lord, I promise that I will take care of this fire; I will treasure it. I will keep it, with Your help, until the day of Jesus Christ. I will hate sin and live a life of purity for You. I promise it, my God, in Jesus’ name.

And now my Lord, embrace me with Your love. I receive Your mercy, grace, forgiveness, approval, purity and fire for my church and my city. I receive it now!

Thank You, Lord, for loving me so much. Thank You for Your forgiveness; I receive Your forgiveness although I cannot pay You in any way for it. Thank You for Jesus who paid the price. Now I receive the purity of Jesus Christ in my life.”5

The “holiness of Christ can be imparted to us. First Corinthians 1:30 says, ‘You are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.’”

People ask Scataglini what the key is for an outpouring of God, and his answer is, “I believe the key is availability. We did not hinder the work of the Spirit, but made ourselves available to God.”

“The depth of our prayer life will determine the depth to which God will use us. We must spend time with the Lord, praying and seeking His face. As we spend time with Him, His character, purity and passion will become imprinted upon our hearts and souls.”6

Pray for Your City

Once you have repented for your own sin, you may want to repent for your city or your nation. The following prayer was prayed at a National Day of Prayer event in Fort Worth, Texas:

Lord, forgive us for being politically correct instead of biblically and morally correct.

Lord, forgive us for violence in our homes, in our streets and in our schools.

Lord, have mercy on us and forgive us for racism, sexism and intolerance.

Father, forgive us for the abortions, pornography, and child molestations.

Purify your people, Lord. Purify the Church, and then purify this nation.

Forgive us for calling it an alternative lifestyle instead of an immoral lifestyle.

Forgive us for calling it safe sex instead of illicit sex.

Forgive those who preach justification for everybody, instead of justification for the repentant.

Forgive us for our fear of responsibility and accountability, while insisting upon our rights.

Forgive us, Lord, for polluting the environment, not only physically, but also morally.

Have mercy, Lord.”7


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1 Scataglini, Sergio. The Fire of His Holiness: Prepare Yourself to Enter God’s Presence. 2015.

2 Scandrett, Joel. What Does God Mean When He Asks Us to be Holy as He is Holy? Published by Christianity Today – Christian Bible Studies on February 28, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2023, from What does God mean when he asks us to be holy … | Christian Bible Studies (christianitytoday.com)

3 Scataglini, Sergio. The Fire of His Holiness: Prepare Yourself to Enter God’s Presence. 2015.

4 Is Being Holy Even Possible, Since Only God Is Holy? Published by Got Questions [GQ]. Retrieved April 26, 2023, from Is being holy even possible, since only God is holy? | GotQuestions.org

5 Scataglini, Sergio. The Fire of His Holiness: Prepare Yourself to Enter God’s Presence. 2015.

6 Scataglini, Sergio. The Fire of His Holiness: Prepare Yourself to Enter God’s Presence. 2015.

7 Scataglini, Sergio. The Fire of His Holiness: Prepare Yourself to Enter God’s Presence. 2015.

100 Bible Verses about God is Holy. Published by Open Bible. Retrieved April 26, 2023, from What Does the Bible Say About God Is Holy? (openbible.info)

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Blackaby, Henry. Holiness: God’s Plan for Fullness of Life. Thomas Nelson Inc, 2008.

Grant, Aretha. 6 Ways to “Be Holy for I Am Holy” (And Why It’s Important). Published by iBelieve on October 4, 2018. Retrieved April 26, 2023, from 6 Ways to “Be Holy for I am Holy” (And Why It’s Important) (ibelieve.com)

New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

Stobart, Andrew. Holiness – The Journal of Wesley House of Cambridge – Volume 4 (2018) Issue 1 – Holiness & Leadership. Retrieved April 26, 2023, from Holiness (cam.ac.uk)

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22 thoughts on “Leadership Based on His Holiness”

  1. Lisa, thanks for the reminder of where our leadership comes from. Anything good we have to offer, anything godly we have to share, anything of value only comes from our Heavenly Father.

  2. The Scataglini quote about church growth without holiness is so true, unfortunately. I’ve seen churches that grow numerically, but fail to grow in God’s love and grace, and it turns out bad. May we keep our priorities straight so we will lead others to God instead of away from God.

  3. Amen to your prayer, Lisa! Also praying for those who avoid coming under God’s authority, who don’t know they need him, that the burden of life without God is too hard for them! So much truth in your post. B. Graham’s quote was so apt. Blackaby always brings powerful truths. Thank you for bring it all together is this post for us. Praying with you for revival and salvation of the lost.

    1. Such good thoughts, Maryleigh, and the Lord does hear our prayers for revival and salvation for the lost!

    1. Scataglini and Blackaby are very encouraging, Deborah, in helping us to seek the Lord and walk with Him in holiness.

  4. Peggy Stratton

    Lisa, thank you for reminding and challenging us as to what true Leadership & Holiness are
    in God’s eyes & heart. May we all be convicted to run to Him. Blessings

    1. May the Lord empower us to walk in His Holiness in all areas of leadership, Peggy. Blessings to you, Peggy!

  5. Thanks for sharing your blog post on “Leiderschap gebaseerd op Zijne Heiligheid” (I translated it to Dutch, you know) It is an insightful and informative read that emphasizes the importance of leadership and holiness. It provides a clear understanding of what it means to be holy, the role of Jesus Christ in illustrating holiness, and God’s call for us to be holy. Thank was good. I also appreciate the way you highlighted the difference between condemnation and conviction and how cultivating a lifestyle of holiness is a continuous journey. Overall, this post serves as an excellent reminder that leadership based on holiness is what we need in our personal lives, families, churches, and society.

    Thank you for the prayer at the end too.

    1. I am so glad you were encouraged, Aritha! Cultivating a lifestyle of holiness is a continuous journey. And thank you for translating it into Dutch!

  6. Lisa, such an excellent piece on leadership and holiness. Our culture has watered down holiness, or minimized its importance not only in leadership, but in our individual lives. God calls us to be holy as He is holy, yet I know I find many excuses to avoid that command.
    Thank you for this firm reminder of the importance of holiness for those in leadership, but also for those who follow.

    1. God is calling us back to holiness, Donna, because He is Holy. I’m so thankful that He calls our hearts to return to Him, and we can respond to His loving call at anytime.

  7. Lisa, what a powerful post. You bring up so many thought-provoking points. What stood out to me the most was Henry Blackaby’s quote about having a high view of God and how our view of God impacts our view of sin. You’ve given me another way to pray for my loved ones who aren’t walking (or walking closely) with Him right now.

      1. Thank you for your encouraging words, Jeanne, my One Word last year was a joy and delight to my heart, but this year’s One Word has been a monthly wrestling match, so your kind words are a balm to my soul.

    1. I appreciate Henry Blackaby’s insights, Jeanne! I come into agreement with your prayers for the spirit of the fear of the Lord, for an awareness of His holiness, and an awareness of what sin is…in their heart, mind, and actions. May the Good Shepherd rescue all of our little stray lambs!

  8. Lisa, this is just powerful! I’m at a loss for words. There is so much “food” for the soul here. Bookmarked, Tweeted and pinned 📌.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month dear friend.

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