Monday, June 4, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Personal Holiness (7)

"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," (I Peter 1:14--16).

* When one is called by the Holy Spirit to salvation in the Lord Jesus, he is called to holiness. A willingness and a determination to forsake any and all worldly priorities characterizes the attitude of the true Christian. How it must grieve the Holy One who called us to see so many trying to cling to pagan practices while claiming His Name.

* As every genuine believer can testify, each and every day we are continually tugged at by the world, the flesh, and the devil, to compromise the standard of holiness to which we've been called. But if our witness is watered down by accommodating to the world's ways, where will be the holy boldness required to confront our society? How can we denounce the rank paganism of our day, if it is approved and encouraged in our families, churches, and denominations?

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