The Missing words in Today’s Christian Dictionaries!
I know many people are not going to like me with this topic, but that’s fine. Am here to remind us of God’s ways, not our ways.
We have become so bold to talk about our sinful lives, but have removed holy living away from our dictionaries, when the reversal should be the case. Holiness, Purity and Sanctification are the missing words in today’s Christian dictionaries.
My sincere prayer is that God will convict each and every one of us, to strive towards holy living and godly lifestyle. Remember, without holiness no man can see God. It doesn’t matter how good and kind-hearted you think you are. Our works will not take us to heaven, but rather our intimate fellowship with God through Jesus Christ and total obedience to His Word. Sin is destructive to our spiritual life, our relationship with God, and will eventually deny us from making Heaven.
Purity and holy living is a command, not a suggestion. “And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine” Leviticus 20:26. “Be holy, for I am holy” 1 Peter 1:16. Holiness is total obedience to God’s Word.
I struggle with this as well, because sometimes I tend to be all right and okay on the obedience chart (in my own eyes), then from nowhere I find myself slipping downwards to the bottom of the graph. So am not there yet as you may think, and I am not trying to pretend that am all okay and holy and sanctified. I fell so many times that sometimes I think God gets tired of hearing my plea. In fact, I can’t begin to tell you how many times, otherwise we’ll spend the whole day listening to my story. Oh, how I need grace. I need extravagant, abundant and overflowing grace from God. But I also learnt that I have to be willing and ready to cooperate with God to help me through and show me how to live a holy lifestyle because I cannot do it on my own and no one can. I don’t want to stay in the excuse of ‘we are not perfect.’ Yes, we are not perfect, but that’s not a licence to keep on living a disobedient life and taking God’s grace for granted. The only Perfect Person is Jesus, and we have to give Him unrestricted access to our lives so that He can live His holy and pure life in and through us. Just think about the agony parents go through with an utterly disobedient child. How do you think God feels when we do the same to Him?
If we genuinely love God as we say, then surrender and obedience become plain sailing, because when you truly love, you give your all. Love makes obedience easy and doable. When you love unconditionally, then you obey totally. You don’t want to hurt or cause pain to someone you love.
It is when we learn to love God the same way He loves us, that obedience to His Word becomes a lifestyle. You can’t fake it as people do in today’s society, nor can you pretend and act like you love God, because God sees the heart.
I pray that The Holy Spirit will help us in this journey of living for God in holiness and purity without compromise.
What is that thing you are struggling with at the moment? Join me in surrendering that battle or whatever it is to God, and allow His Holy Spirit to work in us and transform our lives.
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