Monday, October 24, 2011

Holy, Holy, Holy

Ho-ly [hoh-lee] adjective.
    1. specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated: holy ground.
    2. dedicated or devoted to the service of God
    3. having a spiritually pure quality: a holy love

Greek: hagios
    Sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated)
    [properly clean, innocent, modest, perfect, chaste, clean and pure.]

I did not make up the Greek definition.  Read through the second line and tell me what holy looks like to you.

1 Peter 1:14-16
"As obedient children, 
do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  
But just as he who called you is holy, 
so be holy in all you do
for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.'"

2 Corinthians 7:1 says, "...let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God."  What contaminates your body and spirit?  The evil desires of your flesh no longer control you because God has set you free in his love.  We are now free to be holy.  As Christians we want to be holy because it is a form of loving and worshiping God. It is a form of imitating God, which is the whole goal of our life.

So once again I ask you, "What contaminates your body and spirit?"  What is that secret sin have you been holding on to, the one that is slowly eating away at your holiness, separating you from the joy of Christ.  It might be a sin you just recently picked up, or it might be a long-term sin you never really got rid of in the first place.
Either way, do you see the effects it is having on your walk with the Lord?  Do you see how this desire contaminates your body?  Get rid of it!  Leave it now and turn to your God who has promised to receive you as soon as you let go of the unclean things. (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)