“Be ye holy for I am holy” is a verse we don’t hear too much anymore. I hear a great deal about God‘s mercy and grace. I hear a lot about His love. I hear a lot about the great future He has planned for us, and all of these things are true! They are quite Biblical but, “Be ye holy for I am holy” is Biblical, too and applies for today as much as it ever has.
You cannot pick apart the Bible and choose what is for “today’s world”. It is ALL for today! God said anyone who added to or took away from the Bible was in danger of hell! Why? Because many times people file everything under “God is a good God and would not send a good person to hell” to “God is a God of grace and everything is lawful” to excuse or permit their own baseness and wills. Neither of these can be supported by the word. The second one is a partial scripture, but many fail to read the rest of it…”NOT ALL THINGS ARE BENEFICIAL”!
1 Peter 1:13-24
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”[c]
17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit[d] in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,[e] 24 because
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
There is a code of conduct by which we are to pattern our lives after. We are especially to be aware and cautious if we are ministers. We are a “royal priesthood” and in that “priesthood” the Bible tells us there is a higher caliber of behavior we are to not only exhibit, but exhibit due to the condition of our renewed hearts! God isn’t looking for actors! God isn’t looking for people who know the “vernacular” of super Christendom, if you will!
Serving God in Spirit and in truth is getting truthful in the arena of your mind, will, and emotions just as the truth has fully flourished in our redeemed spirits, if we are truly born again. There is an old saying, “We aren’t playing church here, folks!” but, sadly many are today. When the very elect take the Bible when confronted with wrong and twist it with false “church history” and twisted theology, you have left honoring the truth and have made it YOUR OWN truth! It ceases to have power to save and change at that point because it is no longer the unadulterated word of God, but it is what YOU want it to say in order for it to fit what YOU want to do!
I have heard these very types of people say, “We are not under law! We are no longer under the Old Testament, but a better covenant.” This is true! But God never meant for us to throw the Old Testament and the examples of it out of our lives. I find it amusing those very people, when their lifestyle gets them into trouble, want to quote the Old Testament and what God did to Haman and what He will do to their enemies. They quote what David wrote in Psalm when he was faced with great trouble and people who were out to take his life and kingdom. They want to quote the story of Lot and how he was saved due to Abraham’s prayers, but don’t give it a second thought until trouble comes and these scriptures become “convenient” for them and what they want to see done to so-called “enemies”. Suddenly, the Old Testament becomes “viable”, again!
While we are over in the Old Testament let us remember a foolish king who took holy things from the temple and decided to drink wine from them and party with them! He decided to take what was holy and treated it as common, the way many do with what should be a Godly lifestyle and tremendous respect and gratitude for the gifts God has placed within us. The word tells us a hand came down and wrote on the wall MENE,[d] MENE, TEKEL,[e] UPHARSIN.[f]
When you have a chance, read all of Daniel 5, but for now know what these words mean and let us look at some very important verses that led to this! Daniel 5 tells us,
Belshazzar the king made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and drank wine in the presence of the thousand. 2 While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave the command to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple which had been in Jerusalem, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. 3 Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken from the temple of the house of God which had been in Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. 4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone.
5 In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. 6 Then the king’s countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips were loosened and his knees knocked against each other. 7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. The king spoke, saying to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and tells me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck; and he shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” 8 Now all the king’s wise men came, but they could not read the writing, or make known to the king its interpretation. 9 Then King Belshazzar was greatly troubled, his countenance was changed, and his lords were astonished.
Daniel at this point is called to interpret the writing and the meaning of it follows…
26 This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; 28 PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”[g] 29 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a chain of gold around his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
Do you not believe if you abuse the office in which God has placed you, you will not be open to consequences? Do you believe if you treat the supernatural things of God as common in this natural world you will not suffer natural consequences? Belshazzar had a choice. He could have lived humbly, looking to God but instead he was prideful and went too far with his lifestyle, all the while reasoning in his blinded mind that this was okay and he was king and could not be touched! He ruled, what could happen?
Many have made the call of God, the gifts of God, and the responsibilities that come with these very things “common” to themselves saying, “God is merciful and forgives. I am absolved of all guilt. He would rather bless me than punish me, hence grace” but the truth is God has done these things in your spirit, but your soul still lives in this natural world where satan seeks to kill, steal and destroy and he would love to ruin your life and your witness. You will go to heaven, but you will go faster if you don’t obey the supernatural laws of God while you are in a natural world. These laws were put in place to protect you, but you can ignore them just as you can a traffic light and die early due to physical lawlessness, “wrecking” your life!
To live holy is a command! Don’t think you are untouchable because God is full of grace and mercy. Paul wrote we were not to try that grace! Is what you are doing worth your relationship and reward with God? There is a separation coming in these last days. God will not have people whose souls hang in the balance influenced in an ungodly manner by the very ones who have tasted the sweet savor of salvation, but live sloppy lives!
There is an exposing coming of all secret things. It will be as the word tells us where the wicked will become more wicked and the righteous will flourish. Live as God has clothed you to be! Don’t take your robe of righteousness and cover it with the sights and smells of a common cloak by living as all others in a common world and expect the supernatural blessings of God to follow you.
Perry Stone spoke recently of a minister he knew. The man had a powerful ministry! He would pray and cancers would fall to the floor, roots of them still attached! People were set free, salvations taking place as he preached. Miracles, signs and wonders followed this minister’s ministry!
This minister had trouble sleeping and was advised by some people to drink some wine to help him sleep. He began to drink a little wine. When he did, the anointing left his ministry, he became an alcoholic and died in poverty and as a hermit. A little leaven spoils the whole loaf. Learn from other’s examples and don’t be an example of what CAN happen, but what SHOULD AND WILL happen when we live for God, holding His word as our standard in ALL of our conduct! We will be held accountable for what we did on this earth one day! Don’t let the temporary things of this world cost you an eternity of great reward!
Today I have a special guest blogger with me! I am so excited to introduce you to her. Renesha goes to my church and is a precious and mighty woman of God! It is my great pleasure to have her today! You will enjoy her post, I am sure!! Blessings, Juliana
By Renesha Chambers
Just the sound of the word strikes fear into hearts.
But is there a purpose for adversity? Can it be described in terms other than unexpected, horrific, and confusing?
I believe it can. Adversity originates from one of three sources: God, Self, and Satan. Each of these warrants a discussion of its own, but let’s focus on God-induced, MERCIFUL adversity today.
You probably stopped right there at God-induced and thought I was off my rocker. It is true. God does allow adversity to enter our lives. He can even create circumstances that we must endure in order to achieve His greater glory.
Let’s examine Jonah. God gave Jonah a task. Jonah ran from this task. God could have very easily “smote” Jonah right then and there, but he had MERCY on his servant, and created a Shamu-sized chunk of adversity to get His attention.
Jonah 1:4 “Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea and a violent storm arose and nearly broke up the ship.”
Jonah 1:17 “The Lord created a great fish to swallow Jonah and he was inside the fish three days and three nights.”
If it wasn’t for the storm and the great fish, Jonah would not have reached the city of Nineveh for Christ. God helped Jonah get his priorities realigned in the form of the “Whale Hotel.” If being swallowed by a great fish is not adversity, than what is?
The Lord had to put Joseph in a situation that no one would ever want to endure. He was sold by his own brothers and imprisoned unjustly. As a result of this situation, he was ultimately a powerful ruler and saved his own family through the years of famine. I’m sure if you tried to deprive Joseph of his painful heritage, he would fight you for it. He would even give thanks for his adverse young adulthood. In Joseph, the word of the Lord was “tested like silver, tried in a furnace…purified seven times.” (Psalms 12:6) The Lord’s merciful adversity made Joseph a mighty man of God.
Daniel also faced adversity that we have never encountered. When is the last time you were thrown in a cavern of lions licking their chops? This situation resulted in God’s supernatural power being revealed to all. The Lord shut the mouths of the lions and when Daniel was released, the king was overjoyed.
Daniel 6:23 “And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”
So, next time trouble comes your way, ask the Lord, “What are you trying to teach me? How can this problem improve my relationship with You? How will this trial help me to love, assist, and encourage others?”
For after all, without a trial, there is no triumph, and without the valley, there would be no mountaintop to dance upon.
EVERYDAYISSWEETER/Renesha Chambers is “Momma” to two beautiful miracle girls, Sydney and Christa. When not changing a diaper, leading worship for her church, or riding a Harley, she is busy blogging or watching old movies with her husband, Chris, the love of her life.