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  YES, YOU CAN BE HOLY…


Introduction:

Brethren, let us welcome the Holy Spirit into our heart and give thanks to God for His mercy towards us.  

I will like to start by saying that while righteousness is a gift of God, holiness is worked-out. It requires that you separate yourself from worldliness and  acquaint yourself with the Word of God and be spirit filled.

In holy living, the caption "Love not the world" becomes a command to help you focus on God and do His will.  This is true because, the world has its own ways of thinking and doing thing which is always contrary to the ways of God.  The world is canal, while God a Spirit and His worshipers should worship Him in spirit and truth. 

In holy living, you see yourself as a vessel of honour unto the Lord, to serve and worship Him on His own terms and not the way you like.  There is a great danger of worshiping God in our own way - Remember what happened to the two sons of Moses who offered strange sacrifice unto the Lord, they died on the spot.

Though we were conceived in iniquity, we can nevertheless walk in holiness by His grace.  Every attempt to live right and holy must take its root from Jesus Christ. We must also continue to abide in Him for our righteous and holy living to endure and become a lifestyle.  No one can live holy by his power.

From the scriptures, anything holy is dedicated to the service of God's kingdom, and this is why the High Priest and the Prophets of old were people separated from worldliness (Not the world) and dedicated to serving and doing the will of the Almighty God.  

You should examine your conducts in the light of God's word, cleansing yourself of every filthiness of the flesh and spirit. Holiness is from inside-out - From purity of heart and body, godly communication and appearance, love for God and His business etc. 

How much of His word are you obeying and how much has your desires and prayers changed to reflect the life of Christ?  Holiness is an important key for all Christians as it is the path to power with God, prosperity and destiny fulfillment.  heaven is a holy place and eternity is meant for only the holy and righteous ones.


A BRIEF LOOK AT SIN:

All unrighteousness is sin. Whatever is not right is wrong. Sin brings reproach. Erodes honour and bring low. Sin is at the root of affliction, disease and death. (Ezek.18:20)

Sin has three dimensions:

a) It is deceptive (Heb 3:13)

b) It offers temporal pleasure (Heb. 11:25)

c) It is destructive (Prov. 11:3)

Sin is not anybody's friend; it is an enemy that brings shame and destruction. When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, he was stripped naked (Gen. 3:20)

Crookedness could bring temporal gains, it is a barrier to honour, let it go from your life. Unfaithfulness, cheating and taking advantage of people is corruption you should depart from, else you will see corruption. Prov. 11:3

Depart from Egypt (worldliness), meddle not with sin so that you do not become entangled with it and end up in shame. Despise not the Word of God, depart from iniquity - repeatedly going back to a particular sin, else you provoke God to anger and you are destroyed.

Jesus lived in holiness - He separated himself from the things of this world unto God in prayer and supplication, presented His body blameless to the father;  He spoke and did only what he heard from the Father and by so doing he pleased God and fulfilled his destiny on earth - doing the will of the Father and completing it. 

All believers are expected to walk in holiness and by so doing, have power and favour with God.  No wonder many children of God have never tasted the goodness and power of God.  “You shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto you... is strange to them”, yet everything that heaven has assigned us to do can only be successfully accomplished in a state of holiness.

Holiness makes us crave for life in the Spirit and to walk in Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  That we give our life to the Holy Ghost and be filled by Him.  When we walk in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit brings every thought of vanity and lust which the enemy will post to your heart to captivity.

Holiness requires that we keep the right company, and speak edifying words.    If you move around with wrong people, one day, you will start doing those things they do - for evil communication corrupt good manners. If your friends lie and steal, very soon you will see yourself doing exactly the same things you condemned.

Holiness is a command of our Lord - Mark 12:30  “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.”

Holiness is a difficult thing for lazy Christians because it requires dedication one one's life to doing the will of God and pleasing Him.


Why Holiness:

Holiness is a commandment, not an advice.  For without holiness, no eyes shall see the Lord.  Eternity in heaven is the goal of salvation.  Holiness starts from the heart and flow outwards to affect our body, appearance and communication and actions. 

Holiness, when it flows downward to the body, make you to value yourself as you should, and give you the wisdom to carry your body in sanctification - In holiness, you learn to glorify God with your body. 

Holiness in your body means that the body will also be holy and free from all fornication and every form of sexual defilement, so you will have a pure heart before God

It requires daily self-examination to make sure there is no guile, envy, malice, unforgiveness, bitterness, anger etc that will open the door for the devil to oppress.

In Obadiah 17, the bible says but upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness and the house of Jacob shall possess their possession. The bible went ahead to say that the house of Jacob shall be fire, the house of Joseph shall be a flame…

Holiness is required to maintain your deliverance and possess your possessions. Receiving deliverance without holiness is an effort in futility, because the person will soon return to the same sin that put him in that bondage. Without holiness, the benefits of deliverance will be lost.


PRACTICAL HOLINESS

Holiness is the life of God.  Holiness is living the life of Christ - life of obedience to the Word of God and doing THE Will of His Father.  God is holy and demand holiness from His children because it is in a state of holy living that God is glorified. 

It is in a holy state that a man’s life will shines before men and bring glory to God; it is in a holy state that His will can be done.  Holiness requires that we train our mind, eyes and ears to yield to Jesus Christ and follow after Him, just as our body should.

Holiness requires that we die completely to self.  Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24).

Holiness is worked out daily.  It is like sanctification, you sanctify yourself daily by examining yourself and your ways.  You brush your teeth everyday till you die.  If you brush it today, you will still brush it tomorrow and any day you fail to brush your teeth, you mouth begins to smell. 

Holiness is lived out daily in the things we do, the choices we make in relationship, business etc. The beauty and enjoyment of a holy life is that it can always be improved upon. We can live in all the light that shines upon us from the word of God today, but tomorrow we find them shining a little brighter and fuller light, so that we shall have to live a little more holy than we are living today.

Holiness is living the life that brings glory to the kingdom of God and doing what Christ did while He was on the earth.

Holiness requires that Christ dwells in us by the Word and the person of the Holy Spirit. The in dwelling of Christ in us is soon tested when we are smitten upon the right cheek, when we are evil spoken of, misrepresented, misunderstood, neglected, despised, and forsaken.

The in-dwelling of Christ in our heart is also seen from the way we feel the pains of other people, including our enemies. How the need of our brothers and sisters affect us, when we see our brother in need; those sick around us, the thirsty and hungry, families we know are struggling to eat once a day.  Brethren, we must not fail in showing love and sharing the burden of our neighbours.

CONCLUSION:

Beloved, a close look at these practical steps will show clearly that no man can live holy by his or her power, but by His grace along, trusting and resting on God's help.  Jesus said "with man it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible".

You should desire and take steps to live right daily before God and man, but it is God that will help you succeed in right living.

You must also, understand that the devil is annoyed by holy living because of the power it confers on the believer and the fire of protection, the hedge it provides around us.

It is my prayer that all believers are holiness conscious and work-out their salvation daily with good works.  This is easy when we surrender all cares unto Jesus Christ and wait on Him for guidance in our daily business.

The Lord give you the grace to live holy in Jesus name.


Shalom.


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