HOLINESS IS PURITY 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore, he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

The word church is the Greek word ‘Ekklesia is coined out of two Greek words ‘Ek’ which means ‘ out of ‘ and the word ‘Kalio’ which also means ‘to call’. This gives the meaning to the word ‘Ekklesia’ as the called-out ones. Every Christian has been called out of the world. Whenever we do the very things people of the world do, which is contrary to God’s word we defile ourselves and by that we destroy God’s import of separating us from the world.

The word church could also mean the separated ones. This is the meaning of the Greek word for Holy or saints. (i.e. HAGIOS) (1st Corinth 1:2) If you are a child of God then you are a SAINT or a HOLY ONE. You should not defile yourself with what the world sees nothing wrong with yet our Father hates it.

It was nothing wrong to the Babylonians to eat from the Kings table, but to God it was an abomination. That was food offered to the idols. It was a way they fellowshipped with their demon spirits. How could the man with the Spirit of God be party to such a thing.2 Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

In our modern times it is very normal for a man and a woman who are not married to live together under the same roof. Men call it co-habitation yet God says it is a sin and defiles both parties. Speaking lies via mobile phones is almost becoming universal. Please this is unacceptable to God and to you a SAINT of God.

In our key scripture Daniel passed the test with distinction. HE PURPOSED in his heart not to DEFILE himself.

This is what you must do:

1 Know who you are. You are a saint a HOLY man or Woman.

2.DECIDE you will not defile or make yourself impure by that sinful way.

3. STAY by your decision.

The result was God’s approval and honour

Daniel and his friends became more healthier, wiser and handsome, ten times than all those who ate the food from the kings table.  Take a stand for God and your life would be ultimately promoted far higher than your peers.

CONFESSION

I have decided by the grace of God, not to defile my holiness with the ways of the world. I do not have any challenges from the appeals of the flesh or the world, because my mind is made up and cannot be turned in another direction.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 12:2 ” And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.

1 John 2:15-16 ” Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

HOLINESS IS PURITY

KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:8 ” Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

Hebrews 12:14 teaches that we should follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man would see the Lord. Without holiness you have no audience with the Lord. Our key scripture also teaches without purity no man would see the Lord. From these statements we can conclude holiness is equivalent to purity.

Purity from the advance learners’ dictionary is being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material.   How do we get impure? When we allow our hearts to process or dwell on stuff or material that opposes the word of God. This is how the Lord Jesus put it. Mark 7:21-22 ” For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:”

These things come out of the heart because they are already there and have been given attention to. When the Lord said he who “looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart”. (Matt 5:28). This person did not just see the woman, but saw her and used his reasoning faculties to desire her. Job says he has covenanted with his eyes not to think on a maiden. (Job 31:1). How does the eye think? The eye looks and the mind does the thinking. He is saying, I have decided I will not use my mind to think and imaging any wrong desires about a girl.

How does impure information get to us?

1.Demonic suggestions Ephesians 2:2nd Corinth 11:3

2. Materials we watch, read from all kinds of sources. (Mark 4: 24

3.Influence from friends (1st Corinth 15:33)

4 Vulgar music of our modern day attacks our righteous souls.

Now anything that does not agree with the word of God will defile or make you impure if you allow it.

How do we stay pure.?

1.Convince yourself that you have to stay pure and that you can stay pure. (Isaiah 1:18)

2.Do as Job did. Decide not to dwell or think about any material, scene, words or feeling that opposes the word of God.

3.Feed your heart with the word of God (Psalm 119:9&11)

4 Say the word to yourself and practice what you read.

5 Never think you are above been deceived and defiled. Stay prepared.

Remember that, if without purity you can’t see God, then it simply means you have no portion in heaven. YOUR PURITY IS NO. ONE

CONFESSION

I have decided to keep pure so I would not miss heaven. I give no attention to any unwholesome material by refusing to let it dwell on my mind.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 119:9, 11 ” Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”.

2 Corinthians 11:3 ” But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtility, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

HOLINESS IS YOUR BEAUTY AND GLORY

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 28:2 ” And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.”

The Lord commanded Moses to make a special garment for the high priest. It was a holy garment. From our key scripture it was for beauty and glory. Glory and beauty are synonymous. This means they could be used interchangeably. Glory is magnificence, beauty and power, and beauty manifests all these. Without holiness a man is without magnificence, power and beauty. This is the reason holy men are such a great threat to devils. They can’t simply stand their presence. Remember, holiness is purity, absence of evil, perfect light, perfect love and perfect justice.

The Lord exhorts his saints to worship God in the beauty of Holiness. Psalms 96:9 “O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth”. True beauty is not that outwardly but the beauty produced by holiness. When apostle Peter was advising wives about the best way to decorate themselves, he advised them to seek the beauty of the inner man.1 Peter 3:3-4 ” Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

Most woman and specifically wives spend so much money to decorate the outward man. Many of such people are filled with hurts, quarrels, pride producing homes that “burn with fires” of confusion. Apostle Peter says let your focus be wearing the garment of holiness. This is what he calls an ornament of a meek and quiet spirit which in the sight of God is of a very great price.  How glorious and beautiful our homes would be, if husbands and wives will put on this garment of holiness. A meek and quiet spirit would not strive or hold grudges. Husbands will not have girlfriends outside the marital home. Wives will also not be unfaithful. Financial problems in the home will not attract ‘guns and weapons’ but in submission to each other workable ways would be sort to ease the heat generated by absence of money.

Holy men and women always exude or radiate an aura of beauty and glory. I am not talking about pretenders, but genuinely holy men or women carry true beauty.

CONFESSION.

The presence of the Holy Spirit in me, makes me holy. I take advantage of that and walk a life of practical holiness. I carry the beauty of the Lord so His glory and power are seen in me.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 29:2 ” Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”

Psalms 93:5 ” Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, forever.”

HOLINESS THE FOUNDATION OF GOD’S BEING

KEY SCRIPTURE: Psalms 47:8 “God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness”.

God is holy and lives in holiness. Everything about Him is attributed to be holy. Just consider the following:

Psalms 89:35 “Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.” God swears an oath and will not swear by his power or might. He did not swear by his name. God swore by His Holiness. Psalms 93:5 Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, forever. This implies the very dwelling place of God is holy.

How does the angels address Him? Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. These special angels do not rest throughout eternity. All that they say to the Lord Holy, Holy Holy. Indeed, holiness is the foundation of His being and Holiness remains the only grounds He relates with everything. EVERYTHING THAT WILL HAVE ANYTHING DOING WITH GOD MUST BE HOLY. It was on the basis of this, that our Lord Jesus would have to die to deliver us from sin so we could become a people as pure as Himself.  Colossians 1:22 ” In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:”

Please just consider the way you are living? If God will only relate with holy things. Are you walking in holiness? Are you pure with no evil in you? Are you walking in the light? Are there hidden things of dishonesty about you.? What about living in love. Is there any hatred for or towards any man? How sincere are you? Beloved brother and sister, if you are not holy then. According to the revelation of scripture God cannot relate with you. Dear child of God, do not hide under the pretext of God’s grace and keep living in sin.  GRACE IS GOD’S DIVINE PROVISION FOR PERFECTION. (Rom 6:14) It is your fear and trembling at His word that allows that heavenly ability of uprightness to function in you. The fear and trembling at His word is our FAITH in the word that opens up His supplies which is His grace to live right. Philippians 2:12 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

Please remember without holiness, no man will see the Lord. Dear child of God the coming of the Lord is nigh and God is calling on the church to sit up and prepare adequately for Him. Pray in fear for him till your heart is ready to walk FULLY in His ways.

PRAYER

O heavenly Father, I pray that every carelessness will from today be taken away from me. That my actions and thoughts will continually be accepted before you.

FURTHER STUDIES

Revelation 3:15-16 “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.”

Ephesians 5:27 ” That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

HOLINESS: INTRODUCTION

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 1:16. Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Holiness is the nature of God. It is an attribute of Got. It is also a communicable attribute of God. This means his creatures like mankind can also be holy. Love and kindness etc. are all communicable attributes of God. His nature or attribute like omnipotence, omnipresence, and His immutability or His ability not to change are all not communicable. That is, He does not share it with man. No man is immutable, omnipresent, or omniscient.

As discussed above man can be holy and must be Holy.

What does it mean to be holy? Holiness comes from the Hebrew word Qodesh and the Greek word Hagios. They all have the idea to be sanctified, hallowed, dedicated or separated critical assessment of the meaning of Holiness in relation to God, is that holiness is purity, absence of evil, perfect light, perfect love and perfect justice. Holiness in relation to God is a FULL EXPRESSION OF HIS MORAL UPRIGHTNESS.I use the word ‘ in relation to God’ so man could get a reference point when man considers God’s demand for him to be Holy.

From the above description we see holiness as a complete package. You can’t talk about holiness and leave out love for your fellow man, or fairness to all persons at all times. In our definition of holiness, we said it also involves absence of evil. What is evil? I will categorise evil into three aspects

1.Evil is anything that destroys good (John 10:10a)

2 Evil is anything that defiles (Jude 1:8)

3 Evil is anything that breaks God’s law or word (1st John 3:4)

Holiness is perfect light. James 1:17 reveals God is light with whom there is no variableness nor shadow of turning. There is no shadow in light .Light is pure. Light is very proactive, always revealing all under its influence. Holiness hides nothing but manifests the truth.

God is love and true love is always sincere. This is the God kind of love which have no sense of selfishness. The God kind of love shows His holiness

The last aspect of holiness to look at, is the fact that holiness is perfect justice. This is uprightness and fairness to all and under all circumstances. It is this aspect of holiness that makes God treat all men equally and favors non.

These explanations give us the clear portraits of holiness. It gives us a platform to stand on and make the journey into this very amazing topic, called Holiness.

PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father give me a clear understanding of these things as well as the ability to fully walk in them. I receive a transformation of my life as we go through this study. I thank you father in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES

Hebrews 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”

Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”.

CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 109

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 15:26. Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We bring the curtain down on the character study of Paul. What kind of man was Apostle Paul?

 Apostle Paul was an outstanding successful servant of Christ.  His success was not the worldly concept of success. The worldly success is to possess wealth and to be of great affluence.  He was successful in revealing Jesus to his world.  Galatians 1:16 “To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:”

 Paul lived as a dead man for Christ.  Acts 20:24 ” But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God”.

 He did not live to be wealthy but lived to lift the name of Jesus high up in all men. 2 Corinthians 6:10 “As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things”.

 He was a deeply spiritual man.  Philippians 3:8 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”

 He was given an abundance of revelations concerning the dispensation of grace. Ephesians 3:2, 4 ” If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you ward:

Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)”

 To fulfill his mission, he survived a lot of death threatening circumstances. 1 Corinthians 15:31 ” I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily”.

 He never married or had any child so he could effectively fulfill his mission.1 Corinthians 7:33 ” But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.”

 He met his death as a Victor and a fulfilled person.  2 Timothy 4:6-7 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

If a man of like passions has been so successful why can’t you also be so successful. Take a clue from him and do great things for Jesus.

PRAYER

Father in the name of Jesus I receive grace and the heart to live a fearless life for you. Lord I surrender all to honor your name alone.

CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 108

KEY SCRIPTURE :Acts 28:23 ” And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.”

Apostle Paul finally got to Rome. All the prisoners were put in prison as the law demanded, yet Paul had a whole house to himself, but with a guard. He could receive visitors as much as where he was staying could accommodate them.

Apostle Paul invited the Jewish community in Rome so he could share the word of God with them. Throughout the studies of Paul, we see that, it was his custom to first share the word with the Jewish community first, before getting to the gentile. CHARITY ALWAYS, BEGINS AT HOME. The following is how Paul communicated to the Jews. Acts 28:23. And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

Paul was speaking to a people whose knowledge was mainly from the laws of Moses and the prophets, so he explained the gospel from that angle to them. We live at a time when we have various influences. The following are some of the persuasions and must share the gospel from scriptures that addresses their particular persuasions.

1.We have Religious people to reach out to

2.We have the careless sinners to reach.

3.We have atheists to reach out to.

4 We have those who accepts every religion as the way to reach to

5.We have the confused to reach to

6We have the deceived (Christian sects, e.g. JW, LATTER DAY SAINTS) to reach, and many more.

To effectively reach out to these various groups, you would have to rightly divide the word of truth to them, please find my series of teachings on personal evangelism (SIMPLE TRUTH 2017). Go through that material and you would learn how to share God’s word effectively to these different persuasions. In the absence of that material, you need a good grasp of the Bible as a° whole. Get to know the °persuasions of these various groups concerned. Look for the relevant scriptures that address their topics Apply the scriptures intelligently trusting the Lord to win them ultimately. Pray much for any group of people you seek to win for Christ.

PRAYER

Lord I pray for all men, that in your mercy you would reveal yourself to all those who stubbornly resist the gospel. Grant me wisdom to win them for your kingdom.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Timothy 2:15 ” Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.

2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.”

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