Focus: 2 Corinthians 7:1 - KJV
1. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
1 John 3:3-6
Holiness is a prerequisite for godly living; and perfection in holiness is a requirement for acceptability by God. The tendency is for people (referred to colloquially as the gentiles) to say all manner of things against the preachers of perfection, calling them various names and making them appear hypocritical. The scriptures are however, abundantly clear about the standards of God. The preacher does it as a duty placed on him by the Lord and not for any self-aggrandizement. Basically, the gain of heaven is first of all, a benefit to the pilgrim that makes it, before the benefit of that singular salvaged soul, touches the preacher. Hence, let those who have ears hear what the Spirit is saying. For those things we call little sins and assume God would bath an eye over, on that day of reckoning, carry the potential of barring the pilgrim from gaining access to the Lord.
The promises of God are that every pilgrim that endures to the end; that is faithful in the things committed unto him; that has no spot or wrinkle, shall inherit the Kingdom. Such little foxes like gossips, lies, fornication, evil concupiscence and the likes, make the soul impure; and no impure soul will make it to the end. It is not for fun that God presented and identified Himself to Abraham as the Almighty God, demanding that the imperfect and impure Abraham walk before Him and be perfect. If He placed such demand on Abraham who was not privileged to have the grace brought by Christ, why do we assume He would require less from those of us that have been bought with a very costly price?
Beloved, those who do know Christ abstain from sin because Christ has no sin in Him. The Bible asserts clearly that if we sin, then we know Him not. As sin is the transgression of the law and He has come to take away our sin, we ought therefore not to sin again. Difficult? True; but there is a grace that flows from Him by His Spirit that guides us into knowing to do what is right every bit of the way. When we refuse to heed the dictates and directions of the Spirit but yield to the dictates of the flesh through lust, then are we the architects of our sinfulness. The one who made and has called us, insists we should perfect our holiness in His fear. Refusing to heed is sequel to knowing that drug offences attract death penalty and going ahead to commit a drug offence.
SOLUTION: It is indeed not difficult to yield to the directions of the Spirit that dwells in us as believers, if we want to. Those who do, enjoy some form of peace and tranquility that are indescribable. Let us all yield to the Spirit always, and never the flesh.
Please pray: Father, I do not want my life to come to a waste: please help me therefore, to live my life in perfect holiness, yielding absolutely to your will, in Jesus’ name. Help me to manifest your goodness through such holiness that the resultant fruit of my holiness will draw many more to perfection, dear Lord, in Jesus’ name.
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