CHRIST LIFE CHURCH
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT MINISTRIES
HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD
Text: Ex. 32:30; Heb. 12:14.
Introduction: Holiness is an attribute of God. He is holy and expects everyone that is born of Him to be holy as well. God’s word teaches that without holiness no man shall see the Lord. Heb. 12:14.
In essence, it means you must be holy if you want to make heaven your home in the end.
Temptations will come; nevertheless you should not yield to them. A temptation itself is not a sin. It is merely a suggestion to do evil (either in private or in public). But like you may not be able to prevent a bird from flying over you, you are responsible if it makes a nest of your hair. You do not have succumbed to the devil’s suggestion to do evil. The source of all temptations is Satan.
A life of holiness will launch you into a life of victory. You will be glad in every aspect of life. There is a special reward for those who overcome temptations. Jam. 1:12.
1. What Is Meant By Holiness?
(a) To fear God and be entirely consecrated to Him. 2 Cor. 7:11
(b) Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts and living soberly, righteously and godly – Tit. 2:11-12
(c) Walking in the steps of Jesus – 1 John 2:6
Hence, to be holy means to depart from sin and every work of unrighteousness, fear God and be entirely consecrated to Him; and to live in purity of heart and life constantly.
2. Why Must We Live Holy?
(a) Because our God is holy – Lev. 11:45
(b) That we may serve the Lord without fear – Luke 1:74-75
(c) That we may see God ultimately – Heb. 12:14
(d) We are commanded to be holy – Pet. 1:16.
No holiness, no heaven. If you want to enjoy your Christian life, be happy and be useful in God’s hands, you must be holy. The secret of happiness is holiness.
3 Evidences of Holiness in Believer’s life
(a) New nature – 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 4:23.
(b) Clean heart Ps. 15:2-5
(c) Controlled tongue – Jam. 1-3
(d) Christ-like disposition – Phil. 2:5
(e) Separation from the world to God – Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 7:1
(f) Obedience to God’s commandments – Ex. 24:7; 1 Jn. 2:3-6.
(g) Love for God – Matt. 22:37; 1 Jn. 5:3
(h) Love for men – 1 Jn. 4:19-21
(i) A good testimony – 1Tim. 3:7
(j) A clear conscience towards God and to men – Acts 24:16
4 How Can We Live a Holy Live?
(a) By definite consecration Rom. 12:1-2
We must make up our minds to present our bodies a living sacrifice to God and break every link with the world.
(b) By a definite prayer of faith – Matt. 7:7-11
There is nothing prayer can not do. Weakness is turned to strength when we pray.
(c) Continuous Fellowship in Word of God – Ps. 119:11
The Word of God will keep us in the way of holiness
(d) Continuous choice of that alone which glorifies God. 1 Cor. 10:31
5. Overcoming Temptations
Even we are living holy lives, temptations still come. It behoves us then to learnt to overcome temptations whenever they come.
(a) We should know that temptations come from Satan not God.
There is no evil in God and does not tempt any man with evil. Jam. 1:13-14. The experiences of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 4:1) and Eve (Gen. 3:1) respectively confirm this.
(b) It is easier for us to be tempted in three major areas:
The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. 1 Jn. 2:15; Matt.4:1-11.
(c) A temptation is not a sin in itself; it is just an invitation to sin. However, a temptation becomes a sin when the will is yielded to carrying out the evil suggestion. Jam. 1:5. Eve did not sin until she agreed in her heart to enjoy the benefits’ of the forbidden fruit, God’s instructions notwithstanding. Gen. 3:6.
(d) There are provisions for us in the word of God to overcome temptations:
- Compassionate help from Christ – Heb. 2:18
- God’s deliverance 2 Pet. 2:9
- Christ, the Divine promise’s keeper of preservation Rev. 3:10
- The One that is in us is greater than the Tempter, 1 Jn. 4:4
- God provides a way of escape; He does not allow a temptation greater than the measure of His strength in our personal lives to come our way. 1 Cor. 10:13
(e) When temptation comes:
- Remind yourself of the word of God. Engage your mind on positive thoughts. Phil 4:8
- Reject and rebuke the thought very firmly in the name of Jesus. 2 Cor. 10:3-6
- Resolve to keep your Christian stand. Dan. 1:8; Jer. 35-6
- Resist the devil and he will flee. Jam 4:7
- Renew your mind continually with word of God. Rom. 12:2
- Give yourself to praying and watching. Matt. 6:12; 26:40-41
- Praise and magnify the Lord. Deut. 32:27
6. The Rewards of Living a Holy Life
(a) Long Life – Ps. 91:16
(b) Peace – Ps. 119:165; Isa 26:3
(c) Boldness – Prov. 28:1
(d) Usefulness in God’s hands – 2 Tim. 2:21
(e) A place in heaven – Rev. 3:21
Since you have been born again, it becomes imperative for you to live a life of holiness, walking as Christ walked, Holiness is at life separated from sin and fully consecrated unto God and doing His will. If will overcome sin, Satan and the world, have your prayers answered and make heaven in the end, you must live a holy life.
Memory Verse: “Follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord”. Heb. 12:14