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HOLINESS

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.    1 Peter 2:11

Before a patient can enter the operating room for a surgical procedure, the team of surgeons, nurses and technicians have gone through an elaborate, formal procedure to ensure that all the equipment and instruments in the room have been cleaned and sterilized before being used at any point during the procedure.  The integrity of the sterile packaging of even the tiniest suture is checked by two nurses.  The technician may not even turn his or her back to the table where the sterile set-up of instruments and supplies is laid out, as it must always be watched to make sure nothing contaminates it.  The surgeons scrub their hands and arms for five minutes and follow a careful routine of donning gown and gloves while the rest of the team watch to make sure there is no break in their technique.  All of this is for the safety of the patient, whose life may be at stake if any of these procedures are overlooked.  Should any part of the surgical set up be ‘contaminated’ by coming in contact with something that’s not clean, the patient is at risk for a fatal infection.

If a part of this set-up does get contaminated, say a nurse’s ungloved hand accidentally brushes up against the edge of the sterile table, the area of contamination is quickly blocked off from the rest of the sterile set up.  If it’s not blocked off, the contamination of viruses or bacteria that might have been on the nurse’s hand could spread to other areas by moving instruments in and out of the contaminated area, and the patient will be at risk for an infection that could be fatal.  If everyone on the team didn’t carefully watch and guard against a mistake being made, the entire set-up could be contaminated, and the patient’s life in grave danger.  There is no room for impurity and the whole team knows this and watches carefully to keep any contamination away from the patient.

The Lord considers purity in your life to be of immense importance.  He urges us to be vigilant and to not even let any impurity be named among us.  The danger of letting an impurity take hold in even one small area of your life is that there is great risk that it will spread to other areas, putting your very life in great danger.  Watching a TV show, even one of the tamer ones by today’s standards, where coarse joking is the norm, where women are objectified, or where violence is glorified, can be like a small contamination that has the danger of spreading throughout other areas of your life.  Seemingly innocuous ways of letting impurity in can cause you to slip into deeper sin if you’re not vigilant.  The Lord wants us to be ever-watchful of what we allow in, keeping our way pure in every part of our lives.  

 

Our progress in holiness depends on God and ourselves—on God’s grace and on our will to be holy.  We must have a real living determination to reach holiness.

                                                           Mother Teresa, A Gift of God

The problem in our culture....isn't the abortionists.  It isn't the pornographers or drug dealers or criminals.  It is the undisciplined, undiscipled, disobedient, and Biblically ignorant Church of Jesus Christ.

                                                           Cal Thomas, Christianity Today

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • Why do you think purity is important to God?
  • What areas of your life is God wanting you to surrender over to Him, allowing Him to make holy?
  • What are some concrete steps you need to take to avoid falling into lustful temptations or immorality?
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

Additional Quotes

Speaking about holiness is somewhat like washing an elephant.  You never know where to start.  Holiness is not a state to be attained but a never-ending process—the core of which is the quality of our continually growing relationship with and through Christ.  Holiness is not a place, a thing, or a building.  Holiness is in the journey, the process, a gift.  The traditional meaning of the root word holy is “to be set apart for God, distinct, sanctified.”  But another meaning of the root of holy is “hale,” as in whole, hale, and heart.  It’s an aliveness—not just physical health, but a robustness of spirit.  Both of these root meanings strongly imply that holiness is a given.  We cannot earn it.  We don’t become holy by acquiring merit badges and Brownie points.  It has nothing to do with virtue or job descriptions or morality.  It is nothing we can do in this do-it-yourself world.  It is gift, sheer gift, waiting there to be recognized and received.  We don’t have to “be qualified” to be holy.                  Tim Hansen, Holy Sweat 

The man, however, who would presume on God's forgiveness, and despise God's holiness and His claim upon His people, by doing deliberately the thing that he knows to be contrary to God's will, that man will find spiritual dearth and spiritual death inevitably follow.  His communion with God is brought to an end, and it is hard to say how far Satan may not be permitted to carry such a backslider in heart and life.  It is awfully possible not merely to "grieve" and to "resist," but even to "quench" the Spirit God.      J. Hudson Taylor

The pursuit of holiness is a joint venture between God and the Christian.  No one can attain any degree of holiness without God working in his life, but just as surely no one will attain it without effort on his own part.  God has made it possible for us to walk in holiness.  But He has given to us the responsibility of doing the walking; He does not do that for us.                 Jerry Bridges

More Video Illustrations

Sexual Healing
This poem mainly focuses though on anyone who has been deeply affected, hurt, and damaged by sexual sin. Forgiveness and mercy are given freely by Jesus. He cleans, restores, and heals us beyond measure and asks nothing in return. He saw all our sin and filth before he went to the cross and it was still his joy to go get us.

verses related to this topic

  • Psalm 24:3-4

    Psalm 24:3-4

    Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully.

  • Psalm 119:9-10

    Psalm 119:9-10

    How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; do not let me wander from Your commandments.

  • Matthew 5:8

    Matthew 5:8

    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

  • 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

    1 Corinthians 6:18-20

    Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

  • Ephesians 5:3

    Ephesians 5:3

    But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;

  • Colossians 3:5-6

    Colossians 3:5-6

    Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,

  • 1 Thes. 4:3-5

    1 Thes. 4:3-5

    For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;

  • 1 Timothy 4:7-8

    1 Timothy 4:7-8

    But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

  • 2 Timothy 2:22

    2 Timothy 2:22

    Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

  • James 1:15

    James 1:15

    Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.

  • 1 Peter 1:14-16

    1 Peter 1:14-16

    As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

  • 1 Peter 1:22

    1 Peter 1:22

    Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,

  • 1 Peter 2:11

    1 Peter 2:11

    Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.

  • 1 John 2:16-17

    1 John 2:16-17

    For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

books related to this topic

  • A Gift of God

    A Gift of God

    “To show great love for God and our neighbor we need not do great things. It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful for God” Mother Teresa

  • Sex is Not the Problem (Lust Is)

    Sex is Not the Problem (Lust Is)

    Bestselling author Joshua Harris shows you how lust deceives you. Specific and honest without being graphic, this book—for both men and women—will guide you in creating a custom plan for fighting lust and celebrating purity.

  • The Purity Principle

    The Purity Principle

    Some people have given up on purity. Some have never tried. Bestselling author Randy Alcorn shows us why, in this culture of impurity, the stakes are so high—and what we can do to experience the freedom of purity.

  • Holiness of God

    Holiness of God

    The material in this book drove me to my knees and dramatically changed my Christian life. Written by one of the most brilliant thinkers of our day, it is absolutely urgent reading for every Christian. Reference by Chuck Colson

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