Many people suffer frustrations in their lives and don’t know why. They go to church faithfully. They pray. They even tithe! For years people have complimented me on my life as though somehow I won a lottery ticket from heaven that automatically transferred an awesome life into my personal account. It --doesn’t-- work-- that-- way!
You could seemingly be doing and saying the right things yet still suffer frustrations. How? Holiness. Things don’t just happen. Your life’s success is determined by the choices you make. If there are areas in your life that you would be ashamed of in the presence of Jesus Christ, you need to check your holiness!
Being holy isn’t some religious term. It’s not something the Bible says we’ll be. It’s right now! God said in 1 Peter 1:16 “Be Holy, for I AM Holy.” See that? He’s given you authority to be Holy right NOW. Don’t listen to those idiots who say “we all sin, everyday!” If you sin everyday you must repent and get saved! To repent is to change your attitude about sin. If you feel like you can sin every now and again and not pay the price for it, you are (with all due respect) delusional.
Some people have marriage problems and wonder why they can’t be a good godly leader for their home. All the while, they have a raging anger problem with holes in the walls to show for it. The Bible says “Be angry and sin not!” Ephesians 4:26. When you get angry and flip out, you hand over the keys of your life to the devil.
There’s some people who tithe and don’t know why there’s no return. ALL THE WHILE, they’re in a basement somewhere smoking a doobie (marijuana). The Bible says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) That’s a command! BE SOBER minded! Here’s another one for you “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21. That word ‘sorcery’ is translated ‘pharmakeia’ in the greek and means the use of medicine, drugs or spells. Do you know what the use of drugs is? Yea, smoking a doobie!!!! Drug use is likened to WITCHCRAFT. Is it in any wonder why people continue to live with struggles?!
We need God to lead us in the way we should go but we need to connect with Him by being HOLY. If you can live holy for an hour, you can live it for 24 hours. If you can live holy for 24 hours, you can do it for 7 days. If you can do it for 7 days you can do it for one month. If you can do it for one month, you can do it for 12 months. If you can do it for 1 year, you can do it for 80 of them and BAM, you’ve lived a life of being Holy! Get rid of sin before it gets rid of you!