Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pursue Holiness

There is a difference
between the children of God and the unbelievers, and that difference
is holiness. The children of God, those who follow Jesus, are not
sinners anymore; they pursue holiness, they go after holiness.
As the writer of Hebrews
wrote in Hebrews 13:14 "Pursue peace with all men, as well as
holiness, without which no one will see the Lord."
The Apostle Peter writes
in 1 Peter 1:14 "As obedient children, do not be conformed to
the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the
Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior
because it is written: "You shall be holy for I am holy."
The Apostle Paul writes in
Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove what
the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."
We are called to holiness, we are called to be children of God, a
holy priesthood.
Paul writes in 2
Corinthians 6:14 "Do not be bound together with unbelievers for
what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what
Fellowship has light with darkness, or what harmony as Christ with
Belial? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever, or what
agreement as a temple of God with idols? For we are the Temple of the
Living God. Just as God said:"I will dwell in them and walk
among them and I will be their God and they shall be My people.
Therefore come out from their midst and be separate says the Lord and
do not touch what is unclean and I will welcome you and I will be a
father to you and you shall be sons and daughters to Me says the Lord
Are we pursuing holiness?
Are we going after Jesus Christ with all our power? Or are we
conformed to the world? Why is it that believers want to be like the
world? They go after the same senseless lusts and pleasures; they
want to be like the world. They deface their bodies, they tattoo
themselves. They are not satisfied with what God has given them. They
want to change their bodies. Some of them are not satisfied that God
made them a man or a woman, they want to be something else. They are
ungrateful, unholy, conformed to this world.
We have to separate
ourselves from that which is evil. We have to come out from among
those we do not respect and fear God. If we associate with them, we
will be like them, but if we follow Jesus we have to come out and
separate ourselves, cleanse ourselves of all unrighteousness, and
then he will live among us. He will live in us, He will guide us, He
will teach us. He will reveal Himself to us, we will know His voice.
We have to pursue holiness, because without holiness we shall not see
the Lord. The Lord does not dwell in a filthy temple. If we make
ourselves available to the influences of this world and if we want to
be like this world we are not suitable for Jesus and that is why
most believers have no relationship with Jesus. They do not have any
fellowship with Him because they prefer to be conformed to the world.
Come out from among them and be holy and Jesus will accept you, and
He will come and live in you. He will dwell with you and you will
know Him for real.
May Jesus bless you.

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