Holiness and Purity…Part 2

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, set their minds to the things of the Spirit.

Romans 8:5 

Holiness means living in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Pray that God will help you live in the Spirit and not the flesh. 

The greatest lie our society has blindly accepted is that sexual sin is okay. It must grieve the Holy Spirit to see how women sell themselves short of all God has for them because they have bought into this lie. Holiness means not falling prey to fashion or trends of thought or deed. Ask God to keep you sexually pure in your mind, soul, and body. 

Holiness is not something you slip in and out of like a nightgown. Holiness is God’s will for our lives and something God has planned for us from the beginning. God has made a way for us to live in holiness. And He is able to keep us holy. When our heart wants to live in purity and do the right thing, God will keep us from falling into sin. It is only by the Grace of God that we can live in holiness, even after we have chosen to do so. God enables us to do what He asks us to do. But we still need to ask Him to do it. He wants to know that His holiness is important enough to us to seek after it.  Esteeming the holiness of God and living in purity is the only way we are able to be close to God. There is nothing more important than being close to Him. 

Dear Lord, help me to separate myself from anything that is not holy. I don’t want to waste my life on things that have no value. Give me discernment to recognize that which is worthless and remove myself from it. Help me not to give myself to impure things, but rather to those things that fulfill Your plans for my life. Lord, enable me to do what is takes to get everything rooted out of my life that is not Your best for me so I can live the way You want me to live. Help me to examine my ways so that I can return to Your ways wherever I have strayed. Enable me to take any steps necessary in order to be pure before You. Lord, I know that you have called me to purity and holiness. Thank You that You will keep me pure and holy so I will be fully prepared for all You have for me. 

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.

Ephesians 1:4-5

 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

2 Corinthians 7:1

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