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WALKING IN HOLINESS...........And Walking with God - Are they the Same?

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Ref:  1 Thes 4:3, Isaiah 35:8,  Lev 18, 2 Cor 6:14-18, 2 cor 7:1,
Rev 21:27, Eccle9:8, 1 John 5:8, Phil 4:8, Titus 1:8, Heb 12:14


Brethren, let us welcome the Holy Spirit afresh into our hearts this moment and worship the Lord for His mercies!

It is important to state that it is the will of God for His children to be established in holiness.  A life yielded to purity, righteousness, and love will end up living holy and in line with God's plan. 

The tragedy in the church today is that we have Christians who sing praises and worship God they do not know, we have Christians who have not grown in the things of the spirit, after many years of being in the Lord.  So there are many ignorant believers who know little or nothing about God and so do not know what God requires of them.  

They live in the kingdom of God like people in the world.  They talk like them, dress like them, think like them and generally live a life driven by the flesh.  They lack the fire to stop the work of Satan in their lives because the power of Christ is not inside and so they become captives of Satan in all manner of issues. 

WHY HOLINESS?


Holiness is a command.  A holy man or woman is a wonderful vessel of honour in the hand of God. Holiness makes walking with God easy because such a believer is already an obedient servant endued with virtues and grace, a  sheep and not a goat. 

Holiness is living the life of Christ – life of obedience to the Word of God and doing His will.  God is holy and demand holiness from His children because it is in holy living that God is glorified.  It is in a holy state that a life shines before men and God; it is in a holy state that His will can be done; it is in a state of holiness in spirit, soul and body that a man would accomplish the purpose for which he is created.


Sin is a major hindrance to holiness. Sin is domiciled in the flesh, in the world and in every association with Satan and his agents.  So, to walk in holiness, you must conqueror Satan, the world and your flesh.  Jesus Christ conquered the devil after His 40 days of fasting in the wilderness before He returned to start His earthly ministry.

There is a great danger in remaining a baby Christian, and not growing beyond the milk level.  It is not enough to be born again, the Christian must grow in the spirit and walk in the way that pleases God.  To walk in holiness, you must hate sin in all its entirety.  You must separate yourself from the world, deal with sin and move closer to Jesus.  

The bible said in Hebrews that Jesus loved righteousness and hated iniquity and He succeed in doing the will of the Father, so it is not enough to flee from sin and the world, but you must develop perfect hatred for sin and speak against it. The motions of sin must be resisted with the last strength in you, to ensure your right standing. 

The book of Colosians 3:1-2 says “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ is seated in heaven.  Set your mind on things above and not thing on the earth.  To also walk in holiness, you must hate sin in all its entirety.  

What is walking in Holiness?

1.       To walk in holiness is to know that God is holy and everyone that will approach Him must acknowledge that He is holy and glorify Him.  God Himself told Moses, whose sons God slew for offering strange sacrifices unto the Lord, that all persons that will approach Him must know He is holy and therefore worship Him according to God's terms.

2.       It is to walk in circumspect every day, allowing your ways, thoughts and actions to fall in line with God’s will and plan. 

3.       In reverence, doing His will and striving to excel...to complete its course for you.

4.       Being mindful of His requirements of love, peace and holiness from us and follow after these things diligently, knowing that God will never compromise His standards.

5.       Forgetting the past and never be carried away by what you have achieved or what God is doing through you, and loose focus of God’s holiness. God is a righteous God and in all things, it is those who continue and persevere in their good works that will inherit eternal life. But He is merciful to guide those that fear Him and help us to end well - That will be your portion in Jesus name!

6.       Accept His chastening and afflictions that may come to you as good for you, knowing that troubles draw us closer to Him, to know Him more and serve Him in spirit and truth.  With this understanding, we are happy to serve the Lord in times of plenty and in the times of lack.  We are not offended by God, or thinking of going back to 'Egypt'...and by perseverance, we are perfecting holiness with fear of God.

7.       You are continuous and fervent in prayer, waiting on Him always. 

8.        To follow after holiness is to think and meditate of things that are pure, just, honest, true and lovely.  Things that are of good report and virtuous things that edify your spirit  Phil 4:8. 

9.       To walk in holiness is also to deal with sin, besetting sin, and immoral thoughts because they are not pure and does not edify.  Things that offended you in the past, past worldly pleasures should be removed from your mind.  Break the bridge of your past wrongs, don’t meditate on them, rather pray to God to wipe those wrong images off your heart. Let the Holy Ghost wipe them off the Camera on your forehead and deliver you from their torment.  If you pray this prayer, God will help you.

10.   To follow after holiness is to hold your body in sanctification to honour God in your body and present it a living sacrifice unto God.  Meaning you control your body, cover yourself properly and do not defile your body with a strange man or woman or immoral acts.  It also means that you don’t dress to please yourself, or to please people, you don’t dress to show you have arrived, you don’t dress to look like worldly people who do not know God.  They are not your standard for anything, but you dress to please God and your life is not controlled by what people would say.

11.   It also means to control your tongue and every word that comes out of your mouth – Surrender your tongue to God, avoid idle words, ensuring holiness in all manner of conversation.

12.   To follow after holiness is to live in love towards God and man.  Beloved, God is love.  The first indication of a love life is the willingness to give, share what you have with others.  Your giving must be for a purpose and not just for the sake of giving.  You must love your enemies and those that use you despitefully; you should be willing to help someone in need, without waiting for him to ask for that help.  You must also forgive your offenders.  You must not think or do evil to your neighbour and his household.  Anyone who cannot forgive, cannot love -  for there is no love with forgiveness.

13.   To follow after holiness is to follow peace with all men Heb 12:14, as a requirement for seeing God...Remember what Jesus Christ told the People, that if they bring gift to the church and there remembers that someone has an issue with them, they should leave their gift there and go first to reconcile with the person, and thereafter come back to the church to present their gift. This tells us that love and reconciliation is more important to God than our gifts.  Whether it is a seed offering or gift intended for the church, it will produce benefits when offered with pure heart.


CONCLUSION:

Holiness is by His grace.  It is not automatic as you give your heart to Jesus, but a lifestyle of commitment to God you will have to develop through trusting and depending on the Lord for all things.  No matter the need you have, when you pray to God, commit such need to God and believe Him to solve the problem for you.

Be patient and know that He is God.  Desist from trying to help yourself.  By trying to help yourself, agents of Satan seeking to help you will put the person in bondage. Know for sure that whatever you received from the devil is with much pain and when you need that thing most, you will not find it.

In Heb 12:1, says that seeing that we are compassed about with a great crowd of witnesses, we should run the race ahead of us with patience....Why? It is because the race to eternity is a lifelong race; a marathon and we need to have pure heart and free spirit to remain faithful till the end. Let us be patient and endure hardship that may come our way - for our spiritual growth.

Why is the joy of spending eternity in heaven no longer in the heart of many Christians? Why is sin  and the pleasures of the world be more important than studying the word of God.  The reason is because these Christians have no hunger to know the Lord deeply and walk with Jesus.  They are not willing to live in obedience to the Word of God and to seek His holiness. That is not your portion in Jesus Christ name.  

From the scriptures, it is clear that holiness is not negotiable, therefore child of God - Love holiness, desire it and make it a way of life.  Believers that ignore holiness have not started the race to eternity.

Finally, how much do you know about God, His glory and majesty?  Those who know Him, trust Him.  Those who know Him hate sin passionately, and those who know Him detaches themselves from the things of this world. 

Check your life, are you living a holy life?  Jesus is coming soon, where will you be?  Where will you spend eternity – in heaven or hell?  Today is another day to reconcile with God. 



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