Recently, I had a revelation about holiness and living a life of praise to the Lord. The Bible says that we should honor the Lord as a living sacrifice with our temples, our bodies, with our mouth and with the way we live (Romans 12:1). Many times, people think worship is music, but it’s much deeper than just that, which is great and is one of my favorite dynamics of what worship is—it is a lifestyle.
Many people say that they love God, but their lives and actions deny it. If we love God, Jesus said we must obey Him and we must feed His sheep (John 14:15). We must not be deceived by the spirit that tells us we can have a license to sin. We must be intentional and accountable while walking in victory under the blood of Jesus. We want to really genuinely worship God in spirit and in TRUTH. That means living the scriptures and having a pure heart that wants to honor God.
If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. (John 14:15)
These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (Matthew 15:8)
Many people will say when they get to eternity, “I prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name,” but Jesus tells us at judgement day that He will tell them, “I never knew you” (Matthew 7:22). Why will they be turned away? Because their hearts weren’t pure in the Word and they had the wrong motives. People can say a lot, but their fruit will show, and only God can be the final judge. We want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” and we want to walk the narrow road, which honors the Lord. It is not easy, but it is possible with God, and it is possible with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Holiness is important, not because it gets us into heaven (because it really doesn’t—only the blood of Jesus, the Son of God, and final sacrifice can), but because our hearts and fruit will reflect who we follow.
Let me break this concept down, because I think there is a message of grace that gets murky with some people’s understanding of the Word of God. We can’t “earn” our way to be in God the Father’s presence (only through the Son), but grace isn’t a license to sin, either. Just because you live a set-apart life doesn’t mean you should walk in self-righteousness (or think you are better than others).
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” (James 2:18-19)
…the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16)
Over time, a true believer will shed their old ways and will want to honor God with their lives as an act of worship. It’s not always overnight, but it is a process that develops in growing in God’s Word and in fellowship (John 15). We are all flawed sinners saved by grace, and who we truly follow as a disciple will reflect our character and actions.
I encourage you PI Girls to get plugged into your church, read the Word and feed your faith, so you too can become sanctified and set apart for God’s honorable use and glory.
Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. (2 Timothy 2:21)
PI Girls, do you believe you reflect Christ in your daily life?