Posted by: Pastor J Jacobs on Thu, Jan 7, 2016
In the pursuit of holiness, Christians are often called on to perform duties that appear unreasonable and even absorb to an unbelieving world. Abraham, for instance, left his shelter and security because God commanded him to do so and gave him a promise.
Though we often think of holiness in a more narrow sense of separation from impurity and moral evil, in its broader sense, holiness is obedience to the will of God in whatever God directs. No one can pursue holiness if one is not prepared to obey God in every area of his life.
The holiness described in the Bible calls us to do more than separate ourselves from the moral pollution of the world around us. It calls us to obey God - even when that obedience is costly, when it requires deliberate sacrifice, and even exposure to danger.
One of the intriguing thoughts from the Bible is the way the writers appear to use obedience and faith interchangeably.
Hebrews would never enter God's rest because they disobeyed. Hebrews 3:l8, "And to whom swore he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?"
Yet, they were not able to enter because of their unbelief. Hebrews 3:l9, "So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief." We see the same thing in Hebrews 4:2, 6.
The element of obedience - responding to the will of God - is just as prominent in the life of a believer as claiming the promise of God.
Obey His Command - Believe (faith) His Promises.
Obedience is the pathway to holiness - a holy life being essentially an obedient life - we may say that no one will become holy apart from a life of faith.
Faith is not only necessary to salvation, it is also necessary to live a life pleasing to God. Col. 2:6, "As ye have, therefore, received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him."
Faith enables us to obey when obedience is costly or seems unreasonable to the natural mind.
Giving: does one from ten leave nine? Not always with God; sometimes one from ten leaves fifteen; God blesses our obedience to His command and faith in His promise.
When you take God's business to be your business, God will take your business to be HIS business, when your business becomes God's business, who can be against you? Nobody. Knowing well it is by faith.
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