God’s people are made in His likeness and image. We as God’s people are called to display a quality of His nature which is holiness for as He is so are we in this world. Hebrews 12 tells us that it is God’s desire that we should pursue ‘peace and share in His holiness’ without which no one will see God. Holiness and peace are connected. Without them, no one will see God. Our aim – Live in peace and holiness.
Holiness is like Marriage
Holiness unto God is two-fold: separation from the world and joined to the Lord.
In marriage, a husband and wife “forsake all others and cleave to each other.” The principle of leave and cleave. The husband – wife separate from others and cleave to each other. If they don’t cheat each other – good, but if they are not intimate with each other, that is only half-marriage. Intimacy makes married life enjoyable.
Many think Holiness is separation from the world and sin, but they forget the other part – intimacy with God. That’s how some Christians are – only half relationship with God. Abstaining from sin opens one up to God. Intimacy with God makes holiness enjoyable
A sinful life turns one away from God, and relationship with Him suffers. Most people fall into sin because they love sin – they are not leaving sin and cleaving to God in intimacy. This is why we must cultivate a relationship with God – how? – Meditation, prayer, fellowship, winning souls, producing good fruit. When you do this constantly you will not be drawn to sin, but you will draw close to God.
Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. That means Holiness enables you to see God. Holiness opens your eyes to see God’s goodness and how bad worldliness is.
There was a man who was given a very precious and expensive bowl, but he did not know what it was to be used for, so he used it as an ashtray. This is what happens when Christians easily fall into sin. They feel that since no one is perfect and God is very forgiving, they can continue to sin. Wrong! They are misusing grace meant to help them live a holy life.
Jude 4 warns us of godless men, who misuse grace as a license to live an immoral life and deny Jesus Christ the Sovereign Lord. You can use the grace of God to “say no to ungodliness” or misuse it to say “yes to immorality”
Someone writes: ‘In my senior year of high school there was a substitute teacher who began to talk about Jesus. I was excited to hear her because I had become a believer. A student asked her, “Is it alright to have drugs and still be a Christian?”
The teacher’s reply shocked everyone, “Of course, in fact, I smoke drugs. You see, it doesn’t matter what you do, it only matters what you believe. So as long as you believe in Jesus, you will be saved, even if you do things that seem wrong.” – Now, this kind of teaching is bad – it denies Biblical truth!
Another asked, “Do you need to make Jesus Lord to be saved, or can He just be your Savior and not your Lord? – He needs to be both Savior and Lord.
Romans 10:9 – “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’…you will be saved.” Jesus must be your Lord in order to be your Savior. He will not be your Savior if He is not your Lord.
Hebrews 12:15 says, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and ruin many.”
When a person pursues holiness, he sees his own weakness; therefore he is patient with others when they hurt him. A person, who is bitter towards another, is not grateful to God for his own forgiveness. – Bitterness causes believers to fall away from God. They stop going to church because they have to meet a certain member who has hurt them. When you understand the high price Jesus paid to forgive you, you will be grateful for His mercy towards you and quick to forgive
Salvation is like a coal. Holiness is like a diamond. Through pressure coal can turn into a diamond so can you godly discipline and pressure, become holy. Do not be satisfied simply with being saved, desire holiness as well.
“You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy” Leviticus 19:2; 1 Peter 1:15-16 – A repeated command throughout the Bible. Holiness is compulsory, not optional. It is God’s Will that we should live a holy life and learn to do so.
Every child of God who knows Jesus Christ personally wants to please Him. He does not want to indulge in sinful acts like – sexual immorality, idolatry witchcraft; hatred, jealousy, rage, drunkenness, cheating…he knows that such people will not inherit Kingdom of God. He knows God is pleased with a holy life. Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:8-10.
Hebrews 12:14 “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” – Without Holiness you cannot see the Lord,
Holiness proceeds inside, out; not outside, in. It has nothing to do with your dress code or eating habits.
How then can live a holy and peaceful life? – Four things: Indwelling Spirit, Word of God, Blood of Jesus; Tongue
1. The Holy Spirit
The indwelling Spirit of holiness helps us live in holiness, without Him we can’t “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” Holy Spirit renews our mind. Ephesians 4:23. God lives in us. We are God’s temple set apart unto Him.
2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 6:19 That is holiness!
God told Jeremiah He had set him apart right from his mother’s womb Jeremiah 1:5. We too are set us apart unto God and His work. That is holiness!
In fact, we need to discover our destiny even as Jesus did: Proverbs 40:7-8; John 4:34
The Spirit of God transforms us making us holy through the Word of God. Unless you put God’s Word in your heart He has nothing to work with. The Spirit works with the Word to produce Holiness. It is our responsibility to meditate on God’s Word daily so He can use that Word and transform us. Joshua 1:8; Psalms 1.
We must declare what the Word says, acknowledge the Holy Spirit who lives in us and does His work in us.
3. The Blood
Jesus Christ makes us holy by His blood. Hebrews 13:12
Jesus shed His blood to redeem cleanse make us holy, set us apart unto God 1 John 1:7-9. “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin…”
We are separated unto God, made holy and set apart by the Blood of Jesus. We need to declare what the Word says what the Blood does!
And you always say what is in your heart, from the abundance of the heart…Matthew 12:34. As a man thinks in his heart so is he! Proverbs 23:7.
‘‘No Mind Change- No Life Change.”
Death and life are in the power of the tongue Proverbs 18:21.
You release holiness or unholiness by your tongue –
Is your tongue holy? Are you walking in holiness? – Let your walk match your talk.
Many people think Holiness is a set of rules to obey.
You say to yourself, ―I must not lose my temper, I must not lose my temper, I must not lose my temper. What is the next thing you do? You lose your temper. Why?
Because you focused on the wrong thing – what you don’t want. ‘Not to lose your temper.’ And what you focus on you get.
Actually, you want to be calm and peaceful. Focus on that. Focus on what you want not what you don’t want. ‘Whatever things you desire when…’ You want holiness – focus on holiness!
For example, you notice you are angry, poor, a single, not walking in holiness and so on and you voice that. It is right to acknowledge and then repent! Next, how should you pray? Here your tongue is again involved. Call those things that are not as though they were Romans 4:17
You can say: “With the help of the Holy Spirit I am calm and peaceful; I am rich; I am married to the divine select; I am walking in holiness. Now watch the results – The Lord will help you. What you say you get!
God is Holy. He wants us to live in peace and holiness – leave sin and cleave to Him. How can we live this life of peace and holiness?
– By taking four steps:
1. Call upon the Holy Spirit;
2. Meditate on God’s Word;
3. Plead the Blood of Jesus;
4. Use Your Tongue Wisely