1st Thess 4:7-8, 1st Peter 1:15-16, Lev 11: 44-45
To live a holy life is to live a life of total obedience to the word of God. Is to obey His commandments and keep His statutes. It is to live a sinless life, a life without blemish. Is to live and walk uprightly. Living holy throughout your life time but not only when you wish to.
What does the scripture say about living a holy life?
1st Thess 4:7-8 “For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life”. “Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God who gives you his Holy Spirit”
1st Peter 1:5 “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do”.
1st Peter 1:16 “For it is written, be holy because I am holy”
Lev 11: 44 ” I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy”
Lev 11: 45 “I am the Lord who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God therefore be holy, because I am holy” God commanded us to be holy to live a holy life. He repeated it again and again to emphasize it.
Apostle Peter reminded us too, so you have to live a life of holiness. God Himself called you, and because He called you and He is holy you have to be holy too. You are even reminded that if you do not live holy, you have rejected God. Can you reject the one who created you? Can you reject the one who made you in His own image? The one who chose you? No, it is not possible. But your action and life style may be saying yes.
Holiness is the Ultimate key.
Without a key a door cannot be opened. Holy living leads to the way which is the only way to the throne where He reigns as king and where He is seated.
Do you want to reign with Him? I am sure your answer will be yes. So live holy. Holy living must be your life style.
Do you know that without holiness you cannot see Him? You cannot enter the city where God is. And what will be your gain if you gain the whole world and lose eternity.
In Rev 4:8b the Bible says “Day and night they never stop saying “Holy, holy, holy Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is and is to come”. Apart from God being Holy, His city, habitation and throne are holy. In order words, everything about you and around you must be holy. You must do everything as unto the Lord.
HOW CAN YOU LIVE A HOLY LIFE IN THIS VERY CORRUPT WORLD?
Even though the world is lost to sin, sorrow and corruption, if you meditate upon the word of God regularly, holy living will be your watchword and it will be easy for you to live holy.
The scripture admonishes you to put to death what belongs to earthly nature - sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, idolatry, anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language, pride, hatred and lying.
The scripture also admonishes you to clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility gentleness, patience and love. Also to forgive one another and to put on love, and to allow the peace of Christ rule your heart and exhibit the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
If you allow the word of Christ to dwell in you richly and whatever you do in word or deed, you do it as unto the Lord, then your life will be pleasing to God.
In addition to the above, you must speak the truth only and all the time, have a clean tongue and do not backbite. Do not harbour evil. Be ready to help the needy and the oppressed and you must not oppress and you must be kind to people.
DIRECT REWARD OF HOLY LIVING
God restored Job because He found him blameless.
Abraham was blessed because he was obedient and God promised to even bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him. God can do same for you if you live a holy life and he found you blameless.
REWARDS OF LIVING OF A HOLY LIFE
- Ø You will reign with Him in glory
- Ø You are assured of Victory
- Ø Your destiny will be fulfilled
- Ø You will be defended
- Ø You will always be restored
- Ø God will make your enemies your friends
- Ø God will release to you whatever is good for you.
Whatever I need to do to be able to live a holy life grant me the grace to do so.
If I have fallen below your standard of living holy I plead for mercy and I pray for the spirit of holiness to dwell in me throughout my life time. In Jesus name I pray (AMEN)