2 Corinthians 6:16-18 (NIV) and 2Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)
is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of
the living God ... "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says
the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a
Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord."
*Since we have these promises ... let us purify ourselves from
everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of
reverence for God.
power to live a holy life stems from our understanding that in Christ,
God has saved us from the power of sin and He has also made us holy in
Christ. Our faith in what Christ has done for us purifies our hearts,
Acts 15:9. Our understanding of the mercies of God should compel us to
present ourselves to God as living sacrifices that are holy and
acceptable unto Him, Rom.12:1. The grace of God is not supposed to allow
us to continue in sin, but to make us victorious over all sin. Nobody
that really understands the grace of God will desire to continue living
in sin. He or she understands that God does not forgive us so that we
continue in sin; we are forgiven so that we will fear or reverence Him
(Psa.130:4) and as such, pursue holiness out of this reverence, as our
text above says.
The only reason some believers are not leading holy lives is because
they do not believe that it is possible to live holy. Remember that God
is able to make all grace abound towards you so that you, always having
all sufficiency in all things and at all times, can abound unto every
good work, 2Cor.9:8. In Christ, God has given us all that pertains to
life and godliness (2Pet.1:3) so we have the ability to live holy just
like God. If we are willing to reach out to God for His grace in our
time of temptation, He will surely grant it to us abundantly.
By the grace of God, you can say no to sin and can lay aside every
weight that has been holding you down, Heb.12:1. By the grace of God,
you will live victoriously above sin.
PRAYER: I thank you, dear Father for the abundant grace that You
have given me to lead a holy life and to live victoriously over sin.