“Follow peace with all men and holiness without which, no man shall see the Lord”
Holiness is the very nature of God. Everything about His person, His attributes and characteristics is holiness. God demand holy living from everyone that is called by the name of the Lord. While God demand repentance from sinners, He demands holiness life from saints. ”But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, be ye holy for I am holy”. There are those who deny the possibility of living holy; such are those who profess that they know God, but in works they deny him.
HOLINESS OF LIFE – A MUST:
Hebrews 12:14; 1Thessalonians 5:23
Inward and outward holiness is a condition for walking with God and living with Him eternally. It is impossible to walk with a holy God with inward corruption and outward defilement. Any service rendered unto God without purity of heart has no reward. Those who bear the vessels of the Lord are to remain clean and pure within. Holiness of life is a condition for useful service. Those who substitute power for purity or exhibit power without purity will be disappointed on the last day as they will be told by the Lord “I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity”. The demonstration of the purity of life must be backed up with a life of purity and holiness. God will never promise us what He can never make provides. He has made the provision for our holiness or sanctification through our Lord Jesus Christ. “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate”
CALL UNTO HOLINESS
Isaiah 52:11; 2Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14
The Lord expect every believer to be holy, it becomes important for all Christians to submit themselves to God’s total cleansing and impartation of perfect love. Prophet Isaiah said, “Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch not unclean thing, go ye out of the midst of her, be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord”
Therefore, “Dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and the spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God”
We are to genuinely seek the face of the Lord, so that our whole spirit, soul and body will be preserved unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
CONDITIONS FOR OUR SANCTIFICATION (HOLINESS)
John 17:17-20; Matthew 7:7-11; Hebrews 11;6
There must be consecration that is total yieldedness. We must desire it above home, property, clothes and all the possessions of the earth. Secondly, there must be thirst and hunger for it. We must feel it within our hearts that we are incomplete without it. Thirdly, there must be steadfastness. You can not seek the Lord halfheartedly and receive the best from Him. Lastly, we pray the prayer of faith. There is nothing impossible for God to do for us; if we ask in faith we shall receive.
H – Hunger for righteousness; Matthew 5:6
O – Obedience to God; Deuteronomy 30:1-2, 8-9
L – Love God with all His word; Deuteronomy 30:16, 20
I – Innocency as in the life of Daniel; Daniel 6:23, 3-7
N – New heart, new Spirit; Ezekiel 36:26-27
E – Entire consecration unto God; Genesis 22:16-20
S – Separation from the world; 2Corinthians 6:16
S – Seeking God’s righteousness; Matthew 6:33
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14)