Daily Devotional | Living In Holiness

1 Peter 1:14,15 NIV
“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;”

See it at YouVersion.com:http://bible.us/1Pet1.14.NIV

As a pastor of a living word church, my members often ask my opinion on different areas of their lives. I don’t struggle with the wisdom to share. Nor do I struggle with my ability to communicate the truth, which is the word of God, directly from the bible. My struggle isn’t about the reaction I’ll get for telling the truth. The uneasiness is focused on the lifestyle adjustments that this new wisdom would require. It will require the hardest thing in life to do. And that is, change.
 
The truth is hard to implement and live by. The word of God is not sugar-coated for our personal contentment. The word of God will offend you especially if you’re required to change, walk away from an ungodly life, rather it be a person, place, or thing.
 
This is the reality that we face in the area of holiness. Many of you that are reading this today know that holiness is not a denomination, nor a cultural phenomenon. It is a biblical mandate that still holds true, despite its branding of being out of date or out of style.
 
The mandate of holiness is a hard truth that can be hard to discuss and converse about, but it still requires change, accountability, consistency, maturity and obedience.
 
New believers don’t believe that it’s attainable. ‘Churched’ Christians minimize it as old-fashioned. Carnal Christians ignore it. And rigid (Pharisaic) Christians use it (the concept) as weapons to belittle and manipulate others.
 
With all of this division, God’s Word still carries the expectation and requirement that holiness is the standard, which leads us to the question: If God’s Word expects it, how do we actually live that out in our daily lives?
 
1 Peter 1: 13-16 provides clear instruction on this process of moving toward holiness. Indeed, it is a process that is more marathon and triathlon than sprint and quick jogs. This passage shows us in a very practical way how to begin to live out holiness in our daily life.
 
Peter writes to believers, in a simple approach, that we must:
 
1. Prepare Ourselves (v. 13)
2. Purge Ourselves (v. 13)
3. Position Ourselves (v. 14)
4. Purpose Ourselves (v. 14)
 
We prepare our hearts, minds and bodies to act in a way that pleases God. This requires an intentional plan of action that puts us on alert to doing God’s will. When we prepare for holiness, we alert ourselves to the presence of God.
 
We purge our hearts, mind and bodies of things that don’t reflect the character and nature of God. The good news is that God doesn’t require us to complete this process alone. He has offered the Holy Spirit to be an active part of our lives and thus enable us to live according His Word.
 
We position ourselves on the hope that the grace of Jesus Christ provides. This provision is one that is of faith, hope and love – all of which are unconditional. We position ourselves to live holy lifestyles when we extend to others what we have been recipients of.

Finally, we purpose and commit to living holy regardless of the adjustments, change and awkwardness it takes. The tension that comes from pursuing God is well worth enduring and embracing. This hard truth may hurt our toes, but it’ll help us walk better.  
 
In your obedience you will be blessed, but as with all of God’s promises there is a prerequisite. YOU MUST OBEY!!
 
Scripture of the day:  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  ~ Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
 
From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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2 Responses to Daily Devotional | Living In Holiness

  1. internet elias says:

    Good thoughts! How refreshing to hear affirmation of God’s desire that we follow Him rather than remaining servants to mammon. Many continue to hold to tradition which says ‘we are mere human and cannot keep from sin.’ But I say the same Free Will which chooses to not stick the finger in an electrical outlet is the same that allows one to choose the Good….:).

    Again, encouraging post. Thanks.

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