LWEIM #7: Living a Life of Holiness

 

Written by Oladapo Omotosho 

Contrary to popular beliefs, myths or misconceptions, we are to live holy lives worthy and pleasing and acceptable to God. ‘We’ means all mankind because God doesn’t want any to be lost. God is not happy when a human dies in sin, not believing in His only begotten Son, Jesus (John 3:16). God requires holy living from us all, as we see in both testaments (Leviticus 11:44, 1 Peter 1 : 15-16).

 

He himself is holy (Leviticus 19:2, Leviticus 20:7) and demands same standard from all who come to Him and He calls His.

 

Many think living a holy life is boring, being strung up with countless rules and not being able to express oneself freely. Others think it’s about dressing in a certain way, praying long prayers and being religious. These are far from the truth.

 

Holiness, according to the dictionary, falls into this wrong group as defining holiness as religious or a trait solely attributed to God.

 

Yes God is altogether, absolutely holy. But in addition, He said to Abraham walk before Me and be blameless (Genesis 17:1).

 

This state of being blameless is holiness.

 

It’s noteworthy that God is the One counting blame and not men. So long as the Almighty sees you blameless then you are holy. 16 times in the KJV New Testament does the word blame(less) occur, but in Luke 1:6 it says Zacharias and Elizabeth were both righteous before God, walking. . . Blameless. Just as Enoch walked with God. So it was possible then and it is possible now.

 

The finished work of Calvary makes it a lot easier for us to live holy lives in these times. But because we have a wrong understanding of holiness (as rule keeping or being religious) we think it’s unattainable. To be blameless before God starts with believing in Jesus and His mission on earth for you and I.

 

The people asked Jesus, “What are the things God wants us to do?” Jesus answered, “The work God wants you to do is this: Believe the One he sent.” 

John 6:28‭-‬29 NCV 

 

“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. 

John 3:16 NCV 

 

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. We believe with our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we declare with our mouths that we believe, and so we are saved. 

Romans 10:9‭-‬10 NCV

 

Also, you don’t neglect the grace of God as stated in Galatians 2:21 NCV which says, By saying these things I am not going against God’s grace. Just the opposite, if the law could make us right with God, then Christ’s death would be useless.

 

RIGHT BELIEVING PRODUCES RIGHT LIVING. OUR BELIEF IS BASED ON OUR THINKING. THINK RIGHT AND YOU WOULD ACT RIGHT. THEN YOU GET THE DESIRED CHANGE.

 

You see! It’s easy. God works in you to do His good measure (Phil 2:14). You don’t have to worry about missing it. Just focus on the right things (Phil 4:8-9) and remember as long as God is happy with you, you are sure to make it to eternity. That’s living with eternity in mind. That’s how to live a holy life simplified.

THINK. ACT. CHANGE.

 

❤ Bible Quote for the Day:

Now may God himself, the God of peace, make you pure, belonging only to him. May your whole self—spirit, soul, and body—be kept safe and without fault when our Lord Jesus Christ comes. You can trust the One who calls you to do that for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:23‭-‬24 NCV

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