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BORN IN INIQUITY NOT WITHSTANDING......You Can be Holy!

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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, its a product of sanctification, when you diligently downgrade the love for the things of this world  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.


What did the bible say about Holiness

Hebrews 12:14  - Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

1 Peter 2:9 - But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Thessalonians 4:7 - For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.

2 Timothy 2:21 - Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

Leviticus 20:26 - You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.

Isaiah 35:8 - And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 - Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Leviticus 19:2 - “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

1 Corinthians 6:19 - Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

1 John 5:4 - For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Psalm 51:10-12 - Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

1 Peter 2:24 - He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 - Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

3 John 1:11- beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.

Romans 12:1 - I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

1 Peter 4:1 - Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,

James 1:21 - Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

1 Thessalonians 4:4 - That each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,

1 Peter 4:7 - The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

1 Thessalonians 3:13 - So that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

1 Peter 1:14-16 - As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

1 John 3:6-10 - No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

2 Corinthians 7:1 - Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

Hebrews 12:10 - For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.

1 Peter 2:12 - Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

Leviticus 11:45 - For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”

2 Peter 1:2-8 - May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, ...

Ephesians 5:8-11 - For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

1 Corinthians 6:17 - But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

2 Timothy 2:16 - But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

Philippians 2:15 - That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Colossians 3:12-15 - Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

1 Corinthians 6:20 - For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

2 Corinthians 6:14-17 - Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,

Philippians 1:10 - So that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

Ephesians 5:1 - Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

John 17:17 - Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

1 John 1:6 - If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

1 John 3:3 - And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 - For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;

Colossians 1:22 - He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,

Luke 1:75 - In holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

1 John 2:29 - If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

2 Timothy 2:22 - So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Colossians 3:5-10 - Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices ...

Ephesians 4:20-24- But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Psalm 97:10 - O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Romans 12:1-2 - I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

1 Peter 1:13-17 - Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,

1 Timothy 6:11 - But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

Ephesians 5:3 - But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.

Psalm 119:1-3 - Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!

Psalm 32:2 - Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

Leviticus 20:7 - Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.

1 John 5:21 - Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

1 Peter 2:11 - Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 - Abstain from every form of evil.

Galatians 5:22-25 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:17 - If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Ephesians 1:4 - Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

Exodus 3:5 - Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

James 1:27 - Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Romans 6:1-23 - What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. ...

1 John 2:5 - But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:

Hebrews 10:22 - Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

1 Timothy 4:12 - Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

2 Corinthians 10:5- We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

1 Corinthians 15:34 - Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

Romans 13:12-14 - The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Isaiah 32:17 - And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
Proverbs 16:17 - The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life.

Proverbs 11:23 - The desire of the righteous ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked in wrath.

1 John 5:18 - We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

1 John 1:7 - But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

2 Peter 3:11 - Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,

1 Peter 3:11 - Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.

2 Timothy 3:17 - That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

2 Corinthians 11:2 - For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:16 - Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

John 6:35 - Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

1 John 2:1 - My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

1 Thessalonians 5:5 - For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.

Philippians 2:12-16 - Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

John 4:14 - But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Isaiah 26:9 - My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Psalm 66:18-20 - If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!

1 John 5:5 - Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 Peter 2:5 - You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 12:1 - Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

1 Corinthians 10:21 - You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.

Psalm 4:4 - Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah

Joshua 7:13 - Get up! Consecrate the people and say, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow; for thus says the Lord, God of Israel, “There are devoted things in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the devoted things from among you.”

2 Peter 3:14- Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

1 Peter 3:3 - Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—

Hebrews 12:15 - See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;

Romans 8:12 - So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.

Philippians 1:11 - Filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.



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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