-Chidiebere Dennis Owah
EXPLORING THE ADVANTAGE OF SUSTAINED HOLINESS THIS YEAR:
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1).
Holiness,which is the state of being seperated from all kinds of sin and sinful habits in order to be consecrated to sacred use by God,must be accorded priority and primacy by any person who desires to experience progress and promotion this New Year.Permit me to state that It is the only lifestyle that endears us to the Holy God.And,that is what I want us discuss in this a subject.
1.THE POSSIBILITY OF HOLINESS IN THIS PROMISING NEW YEAR: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.(1Peter1:15,16).
God does not command what He knows is impossible.He is not a taskmaster.
Therefore,he knows it is very possible,if we, conscienteously,cooperate with Him,for us to be holy through and through.Meanwhile,what we need is to believe it is a possiblity this year,and that does it.
2.THE POWER OF HOLINESS FOR A PROGRESSIVE NEW YEAR: Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:(Rom.1:3,4).
When we read about the degree of divine power that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ possessed during his sojourn on earth,we normally shudder in amazement.Here the bible reveals the secret of that power-holiness.Holiness make a man powerful.
Holiness make a man powerful in life.Practical holy living enabled by grace places us on a friendly pedestal and platform with the Almighty God.When we are holy,Satan the enemy finds it difficult to accuse or condemn us thereby keeping our hearts,which is the battleground of spiritual warfare,a healthy spiritual state.And,that of course places us on an advantage positions.
3.THE PATHWAY TO HOLINESS FOR A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR: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.(Rom.12:1).
Just like every other experience that is eorthwhile in this life,practical and sustainable holiness that comes by God’s grace is not stumbled upon.There is a pathway that leads to it.And,on that pathway we find the following milestones:
(1)Salvation from Sin(Titusv2:14).
(2)Seperation from Sensuality(1Thess.5:22).
(3)Saturation with the Scriptures(Colo.3:16).
(4)Submissive to the Spirit(Eph. 4:30).
(5)Supplication to the Saviour(Luke 18:1).
Friend,if you follow this pathway,you will arrive at the destination called holiness and that is where progress and prosperity blossoms and bourgeons.
May you experience that this year in Jesus holy name.