Why Is Holiness Important
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Why Is Holiness Important
Hebrews 12:1 wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and sin which doth so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Malachi 3:1, behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me; and the Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in; behold he shall come, said the Lord of host.
Matthew 20:6, so the last shall be first and the first last for many are called, but a few chosen. We have a call and we all have a specific work we have ben chosen to do.
St. John 15:16 ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you that ye should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he may give it you.
We are in between a mess. We have two pulls and one push. Satan and the world pull us one way, but God pushes us forth. We can go forth. Jesus is here; make up our minds to stay the course. Philippians 1:23 for I am in a strait between two having a desire to depart and to be with Christ which is far better. We want to depart this world and go to heaven but we canít because we have to live out our call. We have work to do. The Devil sets himself before us and offers us as he did Jesus this whole world that already belongs to God. David said it best in Psalm 24 the earth is the Lordís and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein. No matter what God tells us to do, obey and do, keep Godís charge, his statutes, his judgments and his commandments. Elijah came to the people in I King 18:21 and said, how long halt ye between two opinions. If the Lord is God, follow him, but if Baal then follow him. The people didnít say a word. These people withstood God and willfully sinned. To them that know to do good and do it not it is sin and we offend God to his face when we displease him with our acts we love doing which pleases the flesh.
Roadblocks are barriers, obstacles, impediments, hindrances, or hurdles that has been set to prevent, retard the growth or progress in our call to vex our souls. The heroes of faith before us had a race to run very much more difficult than we have today. They became champions because they stayed the course. We have not been called to God to just suck up his air. We were after all created to the praise of his glory. In preparing for this race we must exercise our faith, building it up every day in the Word. We get muscle strength from working them every day. It takes the same way in the Word every day you become strong. Fast and praying every day builds up the inner fortress where the enemy comes to steal our joy. We are a work in process; therefore take with you every day what you need to accomplish your call. Think on today, tomorrow will take care of itself.
Because of the adversary of God we have roadblocks. Satan set these roadblocks to stop our progress. This message comes to encourage us to stay the course we have been called to no matter what seems like or looks like in our lives today. When we look in the mirror we see a body, a person, but whatís on the outside is not who we are. Itís Godís Spirit he breathe into man that helps us to go on in spite of.
We donít want to jump lanes. When we are driving we see people swerve in an out of traffic. Itís like there is no stability and when they get to where they are going we arrive at the same place at the same time. Endure the ride and let God be the director. Everybody wants to be first to get to heaven, but there is a highway and a way we have to follow to get to Jesus that will bring us to heaven. Satan is still warring with God for the souls of men.
If we get caught up in the roadblock and take our eyes off of God we can bring the wrath of God down upon us. Wrath is a strong vengeful anger and we experience divine chastisement. We do not want to incur Godís wrath. When we displease God we cause God to lose it with us and we open ourselves up to the attack of the enemy of our souls.
Disobedience to Godís Will and way is a roadblock. The joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment. The way that man takes is in complete opposition to Godís Word. When their way or thoughts does not line up with his Holy Word we have to get back on track, donít give up or give in; we are a work in process over the roadblocks in our way.
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