Holding to Holiness or Idols?

Friends,

What is God’s will for us every minute? “It is God’s will that you should be holy.” (1 Thes. 4:3) So “be holy in all you do.” (1 Peter 1:15) “All” means just that. In ALL we think, say, feel, express, and do. Many so-called “Christians” SAY they follow Christ, but they straddle the fence with the attitude that if the temptation gets too intense, “I can always succumb to it and just ask for forgiveness later.” Is that true repentance? –A true turning away from sin? It is not. A commitment to Christ is to pick up one’s cross daily, to die daily to self.

When we proclaimed that we had decided to follow Jesus, did we commit to total obedience to His instructions? If not, we did not come into His Kingdom’s citizenship. Can we say with Job in Job 31:1, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl [or anyone]”? Did we make a covenant of righteousness with our ears? Our mouths? Our stomachs? Our hands? Etc? How about as Ps. 101:2,3 say, “I will be careful to lead a blameless life… I will walk in my house with blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing.” Do we have ANY vile thing in our homes? Anything that is being used for unrighteousness? If so, it needs to go.

“Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you will be set apart for destruction, even as it is. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.” (Deut. 7:26) How often do you hear that verse presented to a congregation? Not much, if ever. Why not, I wonder? Could it be because most pastors themselves have unholy things in their homes? How many priests (pastors) these days are abiding by Ezek. 44:23 –“They are to teach My people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.”

“For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction –because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty. But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble…” (Mal. 2:6-8) And though few seem to care (or just don’t believe it), this is happening at an unprecedented rate. And it is why it is imperative that we read and study Scripture for ourselves. We should all insist that ONLY “he whose walk is blameless will minister to me.” (Ps. 101:6) Then with a godly leader, the people can also learn godliness.

Unfortunately, though, God says of many, “I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from Me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols… So will I spend my wrath upon them.” (Ezek. 6:9,12) A sure way to receive God’s wrath is: Lust after idols.

Many people deny it. “Me? An idol in MY heart? Me–breaking the First Commandment?” Yet God says, “You shall have no other gods besides Me.” (Ex. 20:3) Yet James 4:4 says, “You adulterous people! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?…” And 1 John 2:15,16: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world.”

Rom. 12:1 tells us to offer our bodies to God in holiness. Our bodies mean our lips, our hands, our eyes, our ears… all our bodies. How can we do that in holiness if we are in actuality allowing unholy things into our homes, our churches, our cars, our offices, etc.? Verse 2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” So it is about the mind too; our thoughts, our attitudes, our motives. They must be completely transformed. But we cannot be transformed or set apart for God if we are holding onto the world. — ANY part of the world. –Any idols of the heart. Any at all.

Let’s be holy.

Love,

Rachel

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~ by smilesback on September 11, 2009.

 
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