by: Pastor Isaias T. Songcuan Jr.
Is it possible to live a Holy life in today’ s world? Every period of time and civilization in world History has always its temptation. In fact, temptation already begun in the time of Adam and Eve. However, each period there’s always a record of people who chose to be different by living for God.
One of these people who chose Godly living was Noah. During those time people practice wickedness and they did what is evil continually in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6 :11-12 ). In contrast with their actions, Noah chose to be different. He found grace and favor in the eyes of God. In Lot days, the nephew of Abraham (Genesis 11:27). The immorality had reached its peak with the general acceptance of homosexuality as a way of life (Sodom and Gomorrah, Genesis 19). However, Lot chose to be different. His soul was troubled daily with the deeds of the people.
The issue of the society being difficult to analyzed or understand today. It seems this is an excuse for continuing to sin, because these sins are being justified by the sinners They have always some alibis, grounds, and defense of continue living in sin. It is clear that in the History of mankind, there were attempts by man even today to call sin different names. In contents and practices, sin has not change. Sin is sin. Modern man in his complex society, may describe immorality as fun. Cheating as making some runs, Stealing as doing business, acts of fornication, adultery, covetousness, and greed.
Is it still possible to live for God in today’s world? Every believer should bear and keeps inside the mind that God’s standard, and goal in life are different from the society. Our decisions, actions, and reactions in any situations should be guided by the word of God. Not by the ideas of people no matter how well- placed such person is or political circles. The Lord remains our perfect example. He is the one we must decide to follow and listen to. God’s grace will always be available to us as we are determined to obey Him in all circumstances of life.
The list of activities that can contaminate and destroy a believer’s life is plenty and superabundant. However, the believer of Jesus Christ can avoid or stay away from such things by-making up his mind to stay away from all appearance of evil. Take time to meditate these Bible verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:22, and 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals (ESV).” Keeping company with evil inclined person breeds evil behavior.
These are 6 factors that will help us maintain holiness as the Lord’s representative and ambassadors in this world includes ;
1). Regular prayer life.
The believer must have a regular and personal prayer life . He must develop a habit of praying . The Lord teaches that men ought to pray and not to faint.
“Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17, ESV).”
2). Studying the word of God.
Many believers are lazy when it comes to reading and studying scriptures. Read your Bible, and pray everyday if you want to grow.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way (Joshua 1:8, ESV).”
3). Submit yourself to God.
We must bear and keep in mind our God is supreme and ultimate power, and so He must be allowed to work out His plans and purposes in our lives as our sovereign God.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7, ESV).”
4). Surrender everything to God.
The devil often brings temptations and trials to the believer. We should be grateful to God that we entered into His warfare against the enemy from the standpoint of victory. Let us remember that our master is Jesus Christ who conquered satan long ago.
“He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him (Colossians 2: 15, ESV).”
5). Maintain a Heavenly Focus.
It is important for us believers to always remember that our ultimate in life is to make it to heaven.
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory (Colossians 3:2-4, ESV).”
6). Let the Lord Jesus remain the Perfect example .
In all issues in faith and life, the Lord Jesus remains our perfect example. We should not make human beings our standard and reference point.
“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God
(Hebrews 12:2, ESV).”
Another characteristic of a holy life is Contentment. The believer is content each day while He or she trust God for a better tomorrow. The benefits of living a holy life are numerous. Our Lord Jesus Christ gives us peace with God, and living in holiness guarantees peace of mind with our fellowmen. Most specially Holy living attracts God’s blessings (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).
Finally, We are called to Holy living. A Holy lifestyle which includes loving God and loving one another, personal discipline, controlling our bodies, speaking truthfully, and humility. Every believer must accept holy living as a personal lifestyle for therein lies the secret of experiencing and seeing the Lord. To God Be The Glory!