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we all can evidently see, that the World has moved on into a perilous time, where we hear news of destruction, wars, famines and pandemics everywhere just the way it is told in the Bible it would be! (Mat:24:6,7)
Where is the World going? What is happening? What does this all mean? Here is the answer!
when you see all these things taking place, know for certain that He (JESUS) is near, right at the door. (Matthew 24:33)
Yes! All these tell us that the second coming of JESUS is so near! HE is going to come back as the King of Kings and we must be ready to meet HIM!
Now that we know that HE is near at the gates, is there anything we should do on our part?! Just like a bride getting ready to meet her bridegroom, you and I should get ready to meet our eternal bridegroom!
HOW SHOULD I GET READY!?
While attending a concert or going to a movie theatre, not everyone is allowed inside just because they “know who the artist is”or because they “love the movie”; only the ones with the TICKET will be let in! So, the first thing we do is, buy a ticket!
Similarly, the first step in getting ready to meet JESUS is to accept HIM in your Heart❤️
“Believe in the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior (from your sins) and entrust yourself to Him and you will be saved, you and your household”
The next thing we do would be to hold on to the ticket until the day of the concert!
In the same way, we should hold on to our salvation and try to live a Holy life each day!
Without HOLINESS no one will see the LORD!
HOW TO BE HOLY!?
‘You shall be HOLY, for I the Lord your God am holy.
We can clearly see from the above verse that the LORD wants HIS people to be HOLY!
But ‘the greatest questions ever’ in everyone’s mind (including mine) is, “How do I live Holy?” Or “How much holy do I need to be?”
TAKE A STEP!
The first thing you need to live a Holy life is “the DESIRE to live holy”; when you desire and long to be holy, HE is FAITHFUL to guide our footsteps!
“I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.
HOW MUCH HOLY SHOULD I BE?
The truth is, no amount of HOLINESS would be enough or could be compared to HIM who dwells in the HOLY OF HOLIES!
So stop comparing your holiness with that of your friends or others and assume that you are holier or less holy than than them; Set your eyes on JESUS!
Only “HIS life” should be the standard of holiness for our lives!
PURSUE peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord
It’s true that our holiness can never be compared with HIS; But that shouldn’t stop us from pursuing holiness!.. for the Lord says,
let the righteous go on in righteousness; and let the holy go on being made holy.”
In Tamil, this verse is translated as,
“Let the one who is holy become more holy”
Many think, once we receive salvation, we are perfected in holiness once and for all! But the Bible says,
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
II Corinthians 7:1
On the day of salvation, it’s true that the LORD bestows us with the grace and authority to be called HIS sons and daughters; but our journey of perfecting holiness (to be HIS likeness) starts from there, rather than ending there!
Perfecting holiness is a day to day process and a journey towards our destination (HEAVEN❤️)! The Contemporary English version of the above verse says,
We should honour God and "TRY" to be completely like HIM
II Corinthians 7:1 (CEV)
One can never say that they’ve attained enough until they reach heaven!..For the Bible says,
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on,
The Lord says, to anyone who is holy, more (holiness) will be given by HIM, so that he will have in abundance!
‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
Remember the story of Elisha and the widow’s oil (II kings:4)?
The LORD blessed the little oil (holiness) she had and made it overflow in abundance, until all her empty vessels were filled!
We see a similar scenario in the parable of the 10 virgins, told by Jesus Himself!
Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Like the wise virgins, let us carry oil (holiness) in our lamps (soul), so that the light in our lamps lasts until the day we meet our bridegroom king!
Let no one deceive you; for the Lord says,
And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
HOW DO I OVERCOME SIN?
You might ask me, “I want to become Holy like HIM, but how do I overcome this addiction or bondage?” Here is your answer!
the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
You might also be frustrated thinking, “Oh! I’ve tried hard so many times to refrain from this sinful act; but I’ve failed! Is there a way out?”
Hear out the LORD’S gracious reply to you,
“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel (read with your name): ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.
Cry out to the Lord for the anointing of HIS Holy Spirit; there is no doubt that HE will honour your longing to live Holy and set you free!
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Do not fight with your own strength, but rely on the strength of the HOLY SPIRIT!
LEAN ON TO HIS GRACE!
We all have weaknesses that hinder our way in the journey of becoming Holy like Jesus.. It is to people like you and me HE says,
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
II Corinthians 12:9
WHAT DOES GRACE TEACH US?
Many, misinterpret Grace as the “license” to sin and abuse GOD’S abundant mercy over us which was bought with the Highest price ever paid, by sacrificing HIS only son on the cross for our sins!
Then,what does grace really teach us?
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
Grace is a gift that makes us realize the value of the huge ransom paid by Christ and reminds us of our identity in Christ; it gives us the power & authority to overcome the reign of sin over our lives!
GRACE IS THE ROUTE OF ESCAPE THAT KEEPS US FROM SINNING!
Rather than the route of escape after sinning!
Above everything else, trust the one who chose you and called you!
Have faith that the one who gave up HIS life for you on that rugged cross will enable you the strength to finish your race successfully!
Now to Him who is ABLE to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
Even if you stumble and fall in the course of your journey, take heart; dust up yourself and run back to God!
Repent and trust that HE has forgiven your sins; for trusting the LORD is your strength!
For the Lord God , the Holy One of Israel has said this, “In returning [to Me] and rest you shall be saved, In quietness and confident trust is your strength.”
LORD, OUR SANCTIFIER:
One of my favourite names of our God is, JEHOVAH M’KADDESH, which means, “LORD, our SANCTIFIER”
I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
HE is not just a GOD who requires us to be Holy; but HE is a “compassionate father” who guides us, helps us and sanctifies us!
He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful;
1 Corinthians 1:8-9
PURSUE HOLINESS! BE STRONG!! TRUST HIM!!
I pray, that the LORD would be gracious to perfect HIS Holiness in each and every one of you reading this blog and in myself, so that the King delights in the beauty of HIS BRIDE when HE returns! Bride, be Ready!!