Sunday, 28 April 2013

Be Ye Holy

Scripture: 1 Peter 1 v 1 - 16.


Peter writes to us rejoicing that we are elect of God, chosen of God to participate in the grace of sanctification - being made holy and separated to God for His great plan to work. He has a mighty salvation plan that flows together when we are filled with faith and trust.

Being separated to God means dying to self and this world's attractions and distractions. Dying to self concerns not letting our sinful flesh have any further say in our lifestyle. It is a choice and decision we make to allow Jesus full control over our lives

Immediately a battle starts as the fleshly, worldly nature wants its demands met. It wants its human rights met immediately. We forget that we are new creatures in Christ and no longer just human. So we need to be firm against fleshly intrusion to achieve holiness.  

We have an incorruptible inheritance reserved in Heaven. It is not subject to loss or taxes of any kind. Our faith is on trial as we meet each day with its many worldly temptations and the great victory when we submit to the Lord and defeat the enemy.

The things the Holy Spirit has revealed causes angels to be curious as they do not know about these deep spiritual matters of the gospel. Stay far away from your former sins and lusts and let your conversation be clean and pure. Because it is written Be ye holy for I am holy. Jesus wants us to become pure and holy like He is not in a religious way but because we love Him and want to be like Him.

Purity in our lives means an absence of impure and unclean thoughts and behaviour. We must fill our hearts and minds with that which is good and lovely; things which are beautiful; friends who are like-minded. Our morals should be above reproach. We should be approachable, kind, well-mannered, grateful, joyful people who can be trusted and a blessing to those around them. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father we are so blessed to be Your children. Cleanse our lives of everything that displeases You. Let us be holy vessels in Your eyes. In Jesus' name. Amen.