A Pure Life

“For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee…” (Deut. 23:14).

It is difficult to not become a part of the world when you are surrounded by the world, its practices and activities everyday. However, God’s call and command to live in purity still stands in effect because of Who He is and it does not change because He Himself does not change (Mal. 3:1). Purity is not limited to one area of our lives. God’s holiness requires that purity encompasses every area of our lives (i.e., in our moral lives, our homes, our communities, in our worship, in our everyday practices and interactions with others).

We limit the purpose of the call and command for holy and separate living to being God’s holy people who are called out unto Him. Reality says that the purpose goes much further than this. Pursuing a broader perspective of this causes us to explore further to understand that it is not only about focusing upon us as God’s people, but to shift the focus upon the Source and Origin of the call and command Himself: God.

The mere fact that God has chosen to dwell in the midst of His people demands that we recognize and acknowledge His presence for Who He is. God is Holy. He will not dwell in unclean vessels. He will not dwell in an unclean environment. Therefore, if we truly intend to live a holy and separate life unto Him, we must be willing to prepare and present our lives as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto Him (Rom. 12:1).

When we have surrendered our lives to Him, He not only gives us His Son, but He gives us the gift of His Holy Spirit to dwell within us. The Holy Spirit comes in and cleans out every area of pollution within our lives. As He does so, it prepares us to receive the ever-willing, ever-abiding presence of the Lord God to come in to abide within us and to make His abode with us (Jn. 14:23).

This is the goal for which we reach: To always remain a vessel of honor wherein the Lord God would be pleased to dwell. In doing so, we bring even greater glory to Him in the midst of this ungodly world. Keep surrendering. Keep yielding. Keep reading. Keep praying. Keep making yourself available. Keep making the Lord God feel welcome to abide within you…

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The Need For Something Real

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Whenever we lose our way as a result of our spiritual and moral compass needing to be recalibrated, we should always return to our Manufacturer in Heaven. Sometimes, the things within the church appear to be similar to the things within the world, and it makes it difficult to differentiate between the two. We have become accustomed to the similarities to the point that we have become desensitized to sin that accompanies these actions.

The urgency of the need for a REAL revival is permeating the atmosphere (1 Kgs. 15:9-15; 2 Kgs. 11:17-21). The urgency for a REAL return to the lifestyle of holiness is filling the hearts and minds of the faithful remnant that God still has within the ranks of society (1 Kgs. 19:18). The urgency for a REAL experience with something greater than themselves is consuming the collective society…however, they do not know where to begin their journey to gain that experience.
imageThe world cannot find the REAL experience with something greater themselves because what they are in need of is not a thing, but a relationship…a Divine encounter with the One Who is able to fulfill the longing for something REAL. But how will they ever know how and where to begin if we, ourselves, are out of sync with the Spirit of the Living God ourselves? We cannot expose the world to God if and when we, ourselves, are struggling to have a Divine encounter with Him. So what are we supposed to do?

The prophet Hosea provides the solution to the problem in 6:1,

“Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up…”

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The people within the world can begin to experience something REAL once we begin to demonstrate what a REAL experience is through our daily walk of holiness in relation to our daily Divine encounter with God. So come…let us return unto the Lord!

The Struggle Is Real

struggleIs it not easier to say, ‘No!,’ than it is to say, ‘Yes!’? We all would like to believe that, even in the simplest of matters in life, we will be able walk away from things that are displeasing to God. However, if this were the case, it would not have been necessary for the Apostle Paul to write in his Epistle to the Romans,

…I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God…(12:1, 2).

It is easy to fall into alignment with the surrounding culture, sometimes blindly and sometimes with our eyes wide open. Prohibitions against living in alignment with the world are listed throughout the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. The children of Israel were warned about following the practices of those who presented a distraction from absolute allegiance to God in the former state (Egyptians) and those in whom they were about encounter as they entered the Promised Land (Canaanites). (Lev. 18:3, 4, 24-30). Paul spoke of his own struggles in Romans, Chapter Seven,

“…For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of my members. O, wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?…” (vv. 14-24).

There is yet still hope for us. Paul, once again, in Romans says,

…if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live…” (8:13).

The struggle is real and we are not expected to face it alone. Jesus told the disciples in John 16 that He was going to send the Comforter, Who would guide them into all truth (vv. 7, 13). Why would there be a need for Christ to send the Comforter if we were going to be able to navigate through life on our own? Paul says,

“…Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit Itself make the intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God…” (Rom. 8:26, 27).

Trust in the Lord to keep you from the sinful practices of the surrounding culture. Do not place any confidence within yourself or anyone else…you will lose the battle every time…#thinkonthesethings

Where Do You Stand?

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Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, ‘Be ye holy; for I am holy…'” (1 Pet. 1:13-16).

Although we may complete and fulfill certain periods wherein we have set aside in order to consecrate ourselves to God, the desire to continuously draw closer to God is never extinguished within the heart of the one who is seeking to know God. The Apostle Paul says in the Epistle to the Philippians,

“…But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord: for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus…” (3:7-12).

In other words, Paul was so consumed with knowing the Lord intimately and also knowing, understanding and executing the will of the Lord for his life that nothing else matter to him…not even his own life (Acts 21:10-14; 23:11; 25:7-12; 26:30-32; 2 Tim. 4:6-8). Upon reading this about Paul’s life and his passion for the things of God, we must begin to truly take into consideration whether we are willing to consecrate and set ourselves apart for God’s will to be done in our lives…at any cost? We must begin to ask ourselves, “What price am I willing to know God in this way? How far am I willing to go?”

Jesus provides a spiritual ‘checklist’ for us to assist us in our decision-making,

“…If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and his mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?…or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?…So likewise, whosever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple…” (Lk. 14:26-28, 31, 33),

and qualifies this statement with His previous declaration,

“…No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God…” (Lk. 9:62).

We turn again unto Paul for the conclusion of the matter,

“…Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 3:13, 14).

#thinkonthesethings