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Pastor's note for August 2014

Posted on Fri, Aug 1, 2014

Transforming Worldly Proclivities to Holiness

Transforming Worldly Proclivities to Holiness

 

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that’s brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

 (1 Peter 1:13-16)

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ranformation from covenant to commitment is purely a spiritual journey.  Among other things, this process demands sobriety, rest, hope, grace, revelation, and obedience.  Not conforming to former lusts means we can’t be ignorant concerning the enemy’s snares and devices to entrap us.  Our departure from sinful living is essential.  Living a religious life of goodness and righteousness, though admirable, isn’t enough…we must be holy!  Not to be confused with piousness, holiness is an uninhibited obedience to God.  Acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord suggests an openness for the Holy Spirit to govern our thoughts, steps, words and actions.  This unadulterated dependence on the Lord means fully yielding (or giving way) to God’s plan for our lives.  This level of commitment is just as scary as a dialog on slavery.  Slavery’s ugly and repulsive era of subjugation and dehumanization of men, women and children is one we would rather erase from memory.  But, the apostle Paul uses this very model to describe our relationship to Christ.  The association is not based on the brutality of slavery but rather the essence of what slavery actually represented: A people who had choices but refrained and were restrained from exercising those choices.  A master’s will transcends a slave’s choices; but the holy slavery that Jesus calls believers and followers to accept was based on some very compelling and loving circumstances: 1. He did not purchase us with cash, but with His own blood and broken body; 2. He guarantees protection, peace, and provision is we stay bound to Him; and 3. His brand of slavery ensures more “freedom” than the “free-dumb” we realistically abide in every day.  Paul’s description of himself as a bondservant (Romans 1:1) delineates his choice to God’s Kingdom…rather than man’s will. 

“For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ!” (Galatians 1:10)

Holy living’s greatest enemy is worldly desire.  One would only need to travel the world and see the incredibly appealing wonders of nature and overwhelming attractiveness of food, fun and fantasies. James warned us that we should choose our friends wisely.  He suggested that we could be acting on our adulterous proclivity when we entertain friendship with the world.  In doing so, we would not only offend God but join the ranks of the enemy.

“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, ‘The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously’”? (James 4:4)

Ready for a blessing?!  Let’s be holy as He is Holy!
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