Those of you that know me, know that I am a very postve person. I like to believe that every one is honest and has each other at best interest. Of course, I know better. And in reality we live in a very messed up perverted world. Come on folks, let’s take a hard look at where we are. The issues that are talked about so strong today is not about tolerance. It’s not really about accepting people as they are. It’s about allowing sin and perversion that the bible talks about run crazy. The churches that are full of Spirit filled people has to make a stand and fight against what the bible speaks about for the age we live in. Revival without Holiness is not really revival at all.
God is calling us out. Let’s take a look at 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 (KJV)
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
What are those verses saying? vs. 16 is asking the question, What agreement hath the temple of God with idols. What does it mean “temple of God?” Ready? …for ye are the temple of the living God. You are the place where God dwells. All the more so if you have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost as in Acts 2.
So in verse 17 God is calling us out. Come out from among them and be ye separate. We can not be involved with the things of this world and be sold out to God for a life of service to Him. What relationship does light have with darkness?
Vs. 18 is the reward for us to make a stand against the sin and the sinful nature…a true relationship with God.
I want to encourage you to read Hebrews 12 in it’s entirety. Hebrews 12 starts out with this in verse one…Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
The encouragement is to lay aside every weight and sin which so easily beset ( to attack, to surround, to set or place upon) us. If we really want to the true blessing and favor of God in our lives and our family, we have to have a separation from the things of this world.
Hebrews 12:4-13 addresses God disciplining His children. But the real warning and encouragement comes in verses13-17
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
Sound like something we live in or around? We really need a revival with holiness to make our relationship powerful.
Let’s take a closer look at Holiness.
Webster gives the definition of holy in a couple of areas, a holy life; saintly; godly; pious; devout: Pious means to;
having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations. A holy love; having a spiritually pure quality:
Holiness means; dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion: a holy man, the quality or state of being holy; sanctity.
Of course you can see looking at a dictionary’s definition of holy or holiness it calls for a separation of sin. And we need to use the biblical definition and guide of what is sin. The teaching of the Word of God is always actuate. Not our idea of what of what sin is. Or what we feel is comfortable. Just a thought.
I really like what I found in Matthew Henry commentary concerning Holiness.
Sufferings are apt to sour the spirit and sharpen the passions; but the children of God must follow peace with all men. Secondly, Peace and holiness are connected together; there can be no true peace without holiness. There may be prudence and discreet forbearance, and a show of friendship and good-will to all; but this true Christian peaceableness is never found separate from holiness. We must not, under pretence of living peaceably with all men, leave the ways of holiness, but cultivate peace in a way of holiness. Thirdly, Without holiness no man shall see the Lord. The vision of God our Saviour in heaven is reserved as the reward of holiness, and the stress of our salvation is laid upon our holiness, though a placid peaceable disposition contributes much to our meetness for heaven.
Now learning how to be holy is learning what the bible says about what is sin. What should and should not be in our lives. A fence is place around a garden to protect it from the animals that will come in to destroy it. The banks of a river is what contains it’s water and channels it for power. Holiness serves as our fence to protect us and it contains us to give us God’s power.
What is your definition? What is your thoughts concerning the condition of the world we live in? Please sign up to comment and let’s discuss it.