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BECOME A KINGDOM 'GIANT'......Lay hold on the Word, Holy Ghost and Excel in Holy Living!


Be Holy...!
1. In conversation
2. In your body
3. Conduct and
4. Choices you make! 


INTRODUCTION:

Every born again Christian is holy, but can only manifest the gift when the Holy Spirit has done the work of transformation in him!

Holiness is a free gift of God through the death of Jesus Christ at the cross. The gift is the work of grace that enables us to appear boldly before the Almighty God and make supplications that is acceptable by God.  

You are not striving to be holy, neither are you looking for works to show that you are holy...NO! You are holy because your sins are forgiven and the Spirit of God is inside of you, the moment you received Christ as Lord. 

What is left in the concept of holiness is your willingness to obey the word of God and be led by the Spirit of God. If you surrender to the Holy Spirit early, He begins to work-out those things that are pleasing to God in you, which people call good works, fruit of the Spirit etc.

What is Holiness:

God is holy and holiness is the life of God.  No canal man can receive the things of the Spirit, for they are spiritually discerned.  Holy living starts from knowing who you are in the Lord and the things you can no longer do, touch and say as a child of God.  This is the seperation that God talks about in 2 Corinthians 
be holy because holy living is like walking in the Spirit, when you are sensitive to the things of the spirit and mind them.  Holiness has been defined simply as "Life of total obedience to God". It is also a life of trusting in God and being at rest, nothing moved.

This is new life in Christ which is after the new man created in the image of God the way of victory over the devil, his influences and oppression and pathway to power with God, prosperity and destiny fulfillment.

Manifestation of holiness is worked out gradually from inside out, so the sooner you are able to cooperate with the Spirit of God inside of you, the sooner you can manifest the gift of holiness.  

Suppression of sin, and pretenses does not make you holy, but aligning with the Spirit of God inside of you, you will begin to notice a change in your mindset, the way you see things will differ as the Spirit make you conscious of who you are in Christ.  

Your beliefs and manner of talking starts to fall in line with scripture to the extent that those things you use to love and enjoy will no longer thrill you.  The Spirit of God works out in you to do those things that are pleasant to God, so that you will not continue to sin.


Notice that in Obadiah 17, the bible says "But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness and the house of Jacob shall posses their possession".  Holiness is required for you to possess your blessings in Christ.  God loves us and so He commanded us to live holy as He is, so we can enjoy life to the fullest.  With holiness, you are free from spiritual oppression by Satan.  Spiritual progress requires that you live holy and without holiness, no eyes shall see the Lord.

Holiness is not the absence of sin, but a life not lived in sin.  This means that you are righteousness-conscious, blessing conscious and promise conscious.  When you fall into sin, you quickly return to your Father in repentance asking for forgiveness and restoration.

Holiness creates an attitude of humility in you that allows for self-examination of your actions and speech constantly.  You do this to make sure there is no guile, envy, malice, unforgiveness, bitterness, anger etc that will open the door for the devil to oppress you.  Holiness worked-out daily in the little things we say and do, the choices we make and gradually, people will start noticing changes in your communication, conduct and in the choices you make.

REQUIREMENTS FOR HOLINESS
There are two important requirements for holy living as follows:

1. The Word of God - Teaches about God, Christ and the Holy Ghost
2. Holy Ghost - To embrace, love and fellowship with the the Holy Ghost.

1. The word of God teaches us about God and His ways. We know that God is holiness defined. No man can achieve holiness without the help of the Holy Spirit, and so God, so merciful decided to input the holiness of Christ into us to make us acceptable before Him, and this is true to all that receive Christ.

To meditate on God's command for holiness and striving to live holy is the duty of man. Usually, God gives us a command and also provide the resources  for us to attain the desired result.  In the case of holiness, the command is sure, and the resource to enable us accomplish the command is the HOLY GHOST.

2. The Holy Ghost - The Holy Spirit is our guide to holiness and every truth. The Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us after receiving Jesus as our comforter and helper of destiny. Holiness outside the Holy Ghost is a waste of time.

The believer will have to embrace the Holy Ghost, and know He is a person, that can be entreated, loved and respected. He is the God that rebukes you when you lie and cause you to repent of your wrong doing.

He is the God that will advise you into holy behaviour and conducts, rebuke you when your flesh comes in to mislead you. Embrace Him by obedience to the word of God, glorifying and praising Jesus Christ and accepting His rebukes.

Do not resist Him or disregard His promptings for you to do what is wrong, when you are heading in the wrong direction.   Other steps include:

3. Prepare your mind and heart. Living a holy lifestyle is by the grace of God and not by works. Throughout our lives, we are meant to rely on the Holy Spirit for leading and guidance.

So, a believer must train his mind on how to surrender all to the Holy Spirit and be led by Him.  When that happens, you will easily know His voice and when He is the one speaking to you.  Be determined to rebuke and reject ungodly influences that lead to sin and follow God in holiness. 

There will be plenty instances of temptation in the areas of lack with the purpose of leading you astray. If you do not fix your mind on a clear, definite goal, you are more likely to slip off the path you need to walk down in order to please God.

4. Set yourself apart. As noted in Leviticus 20:26, God explains, "And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from the other people, that ye should be mine."

In essence, being "severed" from other people means severing yourself from the worldliness. You need to sever yourself from influences that are not of God. This was to be clearly stated in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

"Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?  And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?  And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

"I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people."   Therefore, "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord.  Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you."   'I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty."  

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.  2 cor 7:1

5. Be Disciplined. You will never escape temptation, even if you do start exercising holiness in your life. When you face temptation, remember you can resist it with the word of God. Then, you will need to control your desires and the things you lust for, if you hope to make any progress living holiness.

Temptation does not always come in a tangible form. It is relatively easy for many people to resist the temptation of stealing something from the store or physically hurting someone who angers you. It is much more difficult to resist the root temptations of greed and hate.

You need to guard yourself against the weaknesses of character that can distract you from God. These weaknesses include things like pride, envy, greed, hate, slothfulness, gluttony, and lust.

6. Have total Hatred for Sin. Being intolerant of sin also means rejecting it in the world around you, though. No matter how much you may love someone, when that person sins, you must not make excuses for the sin or accept the sin itself. Hate sin and flee at every appearance of sin, do not play or toy with sin.

Many times, the devil will not come to you and say hey, I am the devil... He will enter into someone close to you to tempt you to sin.  At other times, the devil will enter your heart to suggest sinful behaviour or conduct to you, if you tolerate such a thought, then one day you will do the bidding of the devil.

7. Die to self: Dying to self means surrendering any desire that is not of God. That being said, God created you to be who you are, so you need not despise your existence.  If anything, you need to love yourself in the same way that God loves you before you can approach God's level of holiness.

God created you just as you are, which means that you are beautiful just as you are. Your beauty includes all of your struggles, weaknesses, and past mistakes.  

Though you are beautiful just as you are, you also need to recognize your struggles and weaknesses for what they are. Seeking holiness means committing to the life of Christ in words and deeds, relying on the leading of the Holy Spirit and not your strength.

Shalom - His grace be with you all. 

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