What Is Godly/Holy Living | Am I Living A Defiled Life?

CLARIFICATION (Added 05/17/2020) Godly living is not the same as legalism (obeying rules to get into Heaven). Those truly in Jesus naturally will experience a transformation from the Holy Spirit. True Christians live a set-apart life as scripture shows because true believers cannot go back to a sinful life. That doesn’t mean they are perfect, but convicted when they do sin! We live differently out of love for Jesus, not for ourselves. We should never be comfortable with sin. Jesus doesn’t want us to be bondservants of sin, but bondservants of righteousness! 

CLARIFICATION (Added 04/20/2020) – I mention this at the bottom of the post, but please understand, I am not separating witnessing to others from living a holy life. To pick up our cross automatically means we should be reaching others for Jesus. This post dives into understanding how sin can enter our life and why we need to repent. These ways we are being set apart should be speaking to others. And the reason WHY we are meant to be set apart should be fuel and desire to reach others and share what Jesus has done. 

Are we living for Jesus or selfishly living for ourselves? It’s very easy to slap on a bandaid and say, “I’m a Christian. I believe in Jesus.” But just because a bandaid covers a wound, doesn’t mean the wound doesn’t exist. It is extremely possible we say we are a follower of Christ and are living a defiled life.

(ESV) 2 Peter 3:11, “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness..”

Last week we dived into breaking down what does the will of God mean regarding scripture. Post | God’s Will | What Does The Bible Say? Part of God’s will is for us to be righteous and holy like Him. I think it’s important to break this down even more and look at holy living. 

What kind of life are we living? What does it mean to live for Jesus?

(NIV) Romans 12:01, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.”

This scripture is really interesting.

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HOW AM I TO BE A LIVING SACRIFICE? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

A living sacrifice – This shows us offering up our lives to the Lord. That we live in a way that is pleasing to Him. This was the whole purpose of sacrifices at the beginning of the Old Testament. Sacrifices were meant to be a pleasing aroma to the Lord. Animal sacrifices were killed, and the blood, which represents life, was poured out in a way to show purification and sins of the people be forgiven. These sacrifices pointed to what Jesus would later do on the cross.

To be a living sacrifice means to be set apart.

To live holy and unblemished, as sacrifices in the Old Testament were unblemished. Of course, we, by ourselves alone, cannot provide this. Jesus Christ can! He became the atonement sacrifice (unblemished and without sin) for us so that through Him we can approach the Lord in a bold and worthy manner. 

Those who truly believe in Jesus are forgiven, we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive 1 John 1:09, and when this happens, believers then pick up their cross for Jesus. This means they learn more from Him (reading scripture, learning from mature believers). They begin to show the fruit of the Holy Spirit because those who have truly been forgiven receive the Comforter to dwell in them and help them repent from sin, seeking forgiveness from Jesus.

This whole process is what it means to live a sanctified (holy) life. We cannot get rid of our sin by ourselves, we need Jesus! 

Romans 12:01 (see above scripture) says how we use our bodies reflects how we worship God. Worship is not just singing songs and lifting hands. Worship comes through honoring God.  Post | How To Worship Without Music

In understanding that we are to be living sacrifices, how we live our life shows if we are using our body for true and proper worship. Let’s break this down: (These examples are here to point to why we need Jesus and to be focused on walking with Him.)

  • Mind– What are our secret thoughts? Are they sinful? (Judgemental, lustful, envious, revenge-seeking, self-hating, etc) Are we praying to the Lord in our mind daily and giving Him our thoughts?
  • Eyes– What are our eyes looking at? Are we looking at the nakedness of others? Is it godly? Or does this disgust God? What are we watching or reading?
  • Mouth– Are we eating what is good for our body? Are we partaking in something too much? (Gluttony, Drunkard) Is what we partaking in allowing us to be sober-minded, to think clearly? Are we speaking praises and prayers to the Lord daily? Are we speaking hurtfully? Are we speaking about Jesus to others or do we hide Him?
  • Touch– Are our hands clean? Are we flipping through pages we shouldn’t? Typing or writing words we shouldn’t? Opening the door to places we should not enter? Driving to places we shouldn’t go? Are we buying things we need or splurging on things we want? Is money an idol, something we use to feel good? Are we hurting ourselves, through eating or self-affliction? Are we spending a lot of time on phones or spending hours logging in games? Are we pleasing our bodies in ways that are meant for our spouse? Are we serving others over ourselves?
  • Our Body– Are we revealing our nakedness to someone who is not our spouse? Are we willingly allowing our bodies to be used by another who is not our spouse? Are we tempting others with our clothing? (NOTE: this doesn’t mean it allows ANYONE to take advantage of another no matter what someone wears, but as a follower of Jesus we are to be modest, men included!) 
  • Feet– Similar to hands, are we walking to places we should go? Are we forsaking the assembling of the body of Christ? (In times like COVID-19, consider gathering together through video chat, emails, text messages, phone calls, etc. You can still praise the Lord together, pray together, read scripture together, and discuss. When we have options to spend time with other brothers and sisters in Christ DO IT!)

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HOW DO I LIVE IN A GODLY AND HOLY MANNER? 

Paul answers us.

(NLT) Romans 12:02, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” See also: Ephesians 4:23-24, Colossians 3:10, 1 Peter 1:14, 1 John 2:15

Many believers argue that if they do not “feel” convicted about something then that means God allows them to keep it in their life. However, the word of God gives us very clear instructions on how we can determine if something is godly or not, regardless of how we “feel.” 

(NIV) Ephesians 5:08-10, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” 

We see a list in scripture that shows us what is NOT godly and when we partake of media or people who are encouraging these ungodly things… it’s really hard to defend ourselves and say it’s still okay when it’s clear our media, actions, or those around us are ungodly and we are told to be set apart from that. It’s a tug of war that, whether we realize it or not, makes us lukewarm.

WHAT TO STAY AWAY FROM AS A FOLLOWER OF JESUS: 

  • Romans gives us a huge list of what God considers to be sin: envy, murder, strife (angry or bitter disagreement), deceit, malice, gossipers, slanderers, God-haters, insolent (showing lack of respect), arrogant (having an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance), boastful. They invent new forms of evil. Disobey parents. Senseless, faithless, heartless, merciless. They know the truth, yet disobey and approve of those who practice sin. (Romans 1:29-32)
  • sexual immorality, impurity, greed – these are improper for God’s holy people (Ephesians 5:03)

-Impure and greedy also refers to having idols, anything or anyone we place as a higher priority over God in our life. Being impure is an idol. Being greedy, envious, and the like is an idol. (Ephesians 5:05)

  • obscenity (cursing, offensive words, obscene behavior, and obscene images) foolish talk (unwise, not good judgment, gossip), coarse joking (rude, crude, or vulgar) this would include speaking badly of others, belittling, etc. (Ephesians 5:04)
  • sexually immoral, idolators, adulterers, submitting or performing homosexual acts, thieves, drunkards, verbal abusers, swindlers, all will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:09) See also: 1 Corinthians 5:11 

(NIV) Mark 4:19, “but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.”

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BE CAREFUL OF THOSE WHO SURROUND YOU THE MOST

We are warned to be careful about who we surround ourselves with.

(NIV) 1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” See also: Proverbs 22:25 

Scripture says those we associate with influence us and we can learn their ways. If we are hanging out with people who are sinful and desensitized to God’s word then they will NOT push us closer to Jesus but, instead, pull us away. This doesn’t mean we can’t meet up and minister to others, but we do need to be guarded and not follow the same path as sinners. Otherwise, what kind of example are we really?

To be a living sacrifice is to make a choice every single day to live for Jesus and not for ourselves. We offer ourselves up to Him in a way that is honorable, turning away from what is dishonorable. This is only done through the Savior and what He did on the cross for us. It is not an easy path and many will fall away because the path is narrow. There are many “believers” who think they are living for Jesus when they have a defiled life.

(NLT) 1 Corinthians 15:34, “Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.”

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31 thoughts on “What Is Godly/Holy Living | Am I Living A Defiled Life?

  1. Galatians 5 lists some things that are the opposite of the Spirit’s fruit, and says that those who live by them won’t inherit God’s kingdom. Very convicting! Thanks for the post 🙂

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  2. I think it’s important to look at our actions and ask what it means about us. Our actions reveal our love or lack of regard for God. In this endeavor of Holy living we still have to acknowledge that we won’t ever arrive at holiness. Christ sacrifice totally satisfies God. My faith in the work of Christ gives me peace. From this place of rest I am free to work.

    May God refine us!

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    1. Where sin abounds, grace abounds more. Jesus did what we can’t do. But as Paul teaches in Romans 6 we are to turn from sin. As we have died in baptism with Jesus from the old life. When we are told to be holy and blameless we achieve this through Jesus and the workings of the Holy Spirit. All because of what Jesus did on the cross allows us then to grow more in Him and turn away from the way of the world. People stumble and sin but we continue to strive for holiness. Seeking repentance and forgiveness from Jesus. Through Him and in Him, He does refine us.

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  3. Great post again sis. Whenever I think of sacrifice, the scripture where David said “I will not give to God something that cost me nothing” always comes to my mind. If the way we live, does not cause us to lay down our flesh so the spirit of God can be elevated in us, we are only playing games. God help us🙏🏾

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  4. All of this sounds great and I agree, but in light of Matthew 28:19, where does evangelism & discipleship fit in the scope of the lists of what you should do and what you shouldn’t do? Because a person can live “morally good/upright” but still be out of the will of God because they are not making disciples. For the Believer, it always has to come back to The Great Commission. Thus, if we are focused on the main thing which is evangelism and discipleship and doing the working of ministry we will have less time to sin because we are too focused on bringing souls to Christ.

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    1. Kim, the children of Israel of the Old Testament were pretty good at following a list of rules and regulations, and doing certain things that God had commanded them to do, but their hearts were far from God. It was lip service only. So, he chided them because they were doing all this outward stuff which did nothing to change their hearts, and truly their lives were not surrendered to God and so they weren’t really walking in his ways.

      Even non-believers in Jesus Christ can live morally upright lives. So, this isn’t about just living moral lives. That is not what shows that we are in genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus wants our all on the altar of sacrifice laid, our hearts do the Spirit control. We can only be blessed and have peace and sweet rest, when we give him our bodies and souls, the hymn writer said.

      So, the point of all of this is that we need to have our lives surrendered to the Lord, he needs to be Lord (owner-master) of our lives, we need to die daily to sin and self and we need to be following him daily in obedience to whatever he commands us to do. And, then we will be living morally upright lives, and we will be loving others with Christ’s love, and thus we will have a passion for getting the gospel out to as many people as possible before our Lord returns, because we are allowing Jesus to live his live in us and out through us for his glory, honor and praise.

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      1. Yes, I agree. I just wanted to make it clear that you can be morally good and following the “thou shall not’s” in the Bible and still be out of the will of God. The main thing is being involved in the Great Commission which is the reason why we are saved. As Believers that’s what we are going to be judged on, our service to God which is evangelism and discipleship not did I not cheat, steal, lie etc..The blood of Jesus covered my past, present and future sins. So as Believers when we stand before God we’re going to be judged on whether we walked out God’s purpose for our lives. Now, Unbelievers they are going to be judged on their sinful acts because they chose not to believe.

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      2. Not so, Kim. That is not what the Bible teaches. Read Romans 6:1-23; Romans 8:1-17; 1 Jn. 1:5-9; Gal. 5:16-21; Eph. 5:3-6; Gal. 6:7-8; Romans 2:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Lu. 9:23-26.

        If we walk according to the flesh, we will die in our sins. But, if we walk according to the Spirit, and we are, by the Spirit, putting to death the deeds of the flesh, then we will gain eternal life with God. The righteous requirement of the law is fulfilled in us who walk, not according to the flesh, but who walk according to the Spirit.

        We are all going to be judged by what we do. If we sow to please the flesh, from the flesh we will reap destruction. But, if we sow to please the Spirit, from the Spirit we will reap eternal life. So, God’s criteria for who has eternal life with God and who doesn’t has to do with who walks in obedience to his commands, in the Light, and who walks according to their flesh, in the darkness. If we don’t walk in obedience to his commands, but we walk in darkness, instead, then we don’t have eternal life with God. We don’t know God, and he doesn’t know us.

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      3. Hi Kim! I wanted to slowly go over your comment properly.

        The will of God, which I covered in this post, overall points that God’s will is for us to be holy. Being holy helps us minister to others. https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/10/gods-will-what-does-the-bible-say/

        People absolutely can live a morally good life. That does not mean they lived a holy and godly life. To be holy and godly is very different than appearing to be morally good. Jesus taught about our heart and what we store in there. So the list of envy, hate, jealously, lust (sexually immoral), cursing, gossip, speaking badly of others etc. These all can be done in the heart. People make us angry and we stew in bitterness but on the outside appear to be doing good. God knows what’s taking place in our heart.

        We need to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which I’m sure you know is love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, self-control, faithfulness, kindness, and patience. I have known morally good people and I’ve seen them GREATLY stumble in these areas because they do not have Jesus. I’ve seen morally good people receive Christ and realize just how sinful they are.

        Matthew 28:19 relating to the Great Commission, the people Jesus said this to were the 11 disciples. These were men who had followed Jesus and learned under Him. I think there’s a reason why He didn’t give these last parting words to a large group of HIs followers.

        Now this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go out and talk to others about Jesus and what He is doing in our lives. Instructing others in the way they should go I think is what it means to make a disciple, and as later scripture shows not everyone is meant to be a teacher.

        We are told in the Bible to be wise, and to be careful about teaching. James 3:01 says, “My breathren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.”

        Right here, it tells us not all of us are going to teach others. From what I’m seeing in scripture there is no scripture that says all will be an evangelist either. 2 Timothy 4:05, when Paul says to do the work of an evangelist he is speaking to Timothy, not a large group of people. And you are right that evangelism is a ministry as Paul says for Timothy to fulfill his ministry.

        We know Phillip was an evangelist as Acts 21:08 mentions. The book of Ephesians, written to a body of believers, Ch. 4:11 which I think you’re familiar with this one, too. Ephesians 4:11-12 says “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors, and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Paul, addressing believers not sinners, then tells them how to recognize if they are in Christ. “Ephesians 4:21-24, “If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct , the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

        I have shared the later scriptures in this post covering things we are not to do in some of the lists.

        Paul not only addresses sinners in becoming holy through Christ, but he addresses believers to keep living a holy life and to shed all sinful ways. 2 Corinthians 7:01 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.” Paul is directing not the sinner, but believer. The Corinthian church was deceived by false teachers, and when Paul writes 2 Corinthians he is rejoiced to hear that they turned away from a false teaching. So he is continuing to encourage them to strive for holiness.

        From what the Bible says, some people will evangelize, but not all. There are some people whose ministry is to a lead a body of believers, but not everyone is to have that role. James 1 speaks of being doers of the word and not just a hearer. But then he takes it a step further, James 1:26-27, “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

        Scripture is more focused on talking about sin and how to give up sin than evangelizing or making disciples. The reason is we can’t go out trying to minister or teach others about Jesus when we are living a defiled life. Helping others isn’t going to stop us from having pride in our heart. There are people, like you mentioned, who appear to be morally good as a false Christian, but in their heart they struggle with pride and bitterness, etc. I know people who make their “ministry” more about numbers and getting people to believe in Jesus than anything else. What matters the most is Jesus. The problem is when we focus on works our eyes turn from Jesus to what we are doing.

        When James in James 2:23-26 discusses the works of Abraham (believing in God and being accounted righteous) and Rahab being justified by her works, both showed submission to God. Abraham followed what God told him to do, sacrifice his son before God provided a lamb. Rahab hid the spies because she told them that everyone in Jericho heard what God did to the Egyptians, and they were afraid of what He was going to do with them. She feared God, and her family was spared.

        The most important thing that matters is submission to God. That means in order to go to the Father, we need the Son, Jesus. We need to properly believe in Him. And then we need to pick up our cross and follow Him. We must repent from sin. Paul in 2 Corinthians 7:10-11, again speaking to believers who once fell in false teaching but then turned away, “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.”

        Godly sorrow makes us not want to continue in sin. Knowing Jesus forgives us is all the more reason why we do not want to keep sinning. Through Him we are transformed and through Jesus we can stop sinning. We will make mistakes, but we are convicted on those mistakes and we can turn to Jesus. This transformation in not sinning like we used to reflects outwardly through the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

        The purpose of the Holy Spirit first and foremost is to convict the world of sin. John 16:08 says, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” The Holy Spirit also testifies of Christ and glorifies Him.

        The book of 1 John in discussing those who have received God because they believe in Jesus talks about how those in Christ do not sin. This reflects the transformation that we see talked about previously in scripture. 1 John 3:04-06, “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.”

        1 John 5:02-05 talk about we follow God’s commandments because we love Him. And those who love God have overcome the world, and this refers to not committing sin. There is a choice and through Jesus He helps us turn away from committing sin. It is Jesus alone who transforms us. Committing good works is not going to stop us from sinning as we can bear secret sin in our heart while doing good works.

        1 John 5:16-17 discuss sins that can be forgiven and they refer to believers sinning. It again stats that all unrighteousness is sin. There is sin that does not lead to death, but that doesn’t mean we continue to sin. As verse 18 states whoever is of God does not sin.

        All may not be called to evangelize or teach, but we are all to bear the cross of Jesus Christ. The body of Christ, the Church, has different ministries and functions all for the unity of the saints and to reach the lost. We die to the old man and are transformed in Him through the Holy Spirit who convicts us of sin. We are to be a light on the hill and our words are to be seasoned with salt. The fruit of the Holy Spirit should be produced in our lives and that will speak to others, especially those familiar with our old way of life. The way we are set apart in living, not cursing, watching media that encourages sin, growing in scripture, and with fellow believers all testify of what He is doing in our lives. Our walk with Jesus should grow daily and we are convicted by His Spirit when we sin. Our prayer life should continue to blossom daily, along with worship with scripture reading. We see God active in our life, which is so powerful! Scales fall and our eyes are opened. This whole process of sanctification continues to help us turn away from sin because of Jesus. This helps us minister to others by showing the love of Jesus, forgiving others who have hurt us or misunderstood us, and it gives us opportunities to talk about Christ, the Gospel, how He transforms us, and why we should not be silent about Him. Our own life should be a testimony that shows others what He has done and continues to do. We are living sacrifices as this post talked about and this submission of our lives to the Lord helps us witness to others all the more.

        If you made it to the bottom of this, I thank you so much for being patient and going over what I shared. I wanted to really cover your question, and take time in answering it.

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      4. I’d like to take you to Luke 14:15-24 and Matthew 22:1-14. This parable talks about God’s House being filled, the body of Christ is “called” to reach lost people. YES, WE MUST LIVE ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT DOES CONVICT US OF SIN. However, the main call of every Believer is to worship, witness and warfare. We are called to worship God which means to live a lifestyle that reflects Christ. The Holy Spirit helps us to do that. He reminds us of what Jesus taught and He convicts us of sin. We are called to be a witness as it says in Acts 1:8. There is no way that the Gospel message would have reached the uttermost parts of the world had the church not participated in evangelism. That means our very faith today would have never existed if the church did not participate in evangelism. If they simply focused in on “living holy” who would have been available to tell people who didn’t know Christ about Him? Yes everybody is not called to be a five fold ministry gift and hold the office of an evangelist however the office of an evangelist is not the same as doing the work of an evangelist as stated in 2 Timothy 4:5. Every Believer is not called to the office of an evangelist but every Believer is called to do the work of an evangelist. If our purposes in God is to just live holy, then why did Jesus have to go to the Cross? Jesus saved us so that we can be used by Him through the Holy Spirit to get other people saved. Our imperfections does not keep us from being used by God. God uses imperfect people. Read about Abraham, David, Peter. The Bible is full of people God used inspite of their imperfections. For us to simply focused in on us living holy is spiritually selfish. If I’m just worried about me being holy but I’m not spreading the Gospel then I really don’t have a relationship with God I have a religion. God doesn’t call us to have a religion He calls us into relationship. If you just see God as your “boss” where you just adhere to rules and regulations and not see Him as your Heavenly Father you have a religion not a relationship. As Believers we are also called to engage in spiritual warfare (see Ephesians 6:12). We have a spiritual enemy who wars against Believers to not only get them to recant their faith but keep unbelievers blinded to God’s truth according to 2 Corinthians 4:4. How do we know we’re supposed to be warring and that we have an adversary? (1 Peter 5:8 ) & Revelation 12:11 says, And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of their testimony and they loved not their lives even unto death. So, our lives are supposed to be of that of a DISCIPLE. A disciple not only follows the teaching of their Rabbi but also embraces their lifestyle. When we say we are a disciple of Jesus that means we must not just adhere to His teachings but we must also embrace His way of life. In the Gospels, Jesus didn’t focus on morality as much as He did preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. We see this when He saved the woman caught in adultery and He ministered to the woman at the well. Both of these women were living highly immoral lives however Jesus wasn’t offended nor did He get bent out of shape because of their so called sin. He didn’t condone it but neither did He condemn them. He knew that at the end of the day their souls is what mattered hence in Luke 19:10 it says, For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. If you preach a Gospel that requires people to stop their sinful acts in order to be saved then you make Christ death on the Cross in vain. Let’s say that they stop lying, gossiping etc. Does that mean they’re saved now? The scripture clearly states in order for us to be saved , “we must be born again (John 3:3).For it is by grace that we are saved not by works lest any man shall boast (Ephesians 2:8). Once again I agree that we should live holy and “our holiness” should not be worn as a status symbol or a badge of honor but it should be a reminder that at one point in our lives we were without Christ, without faith and without hope. Out of gratitude it should prompt us to let the world know what God has done so graciously for us and what He desires to do for others.

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      5. Hi Kim,

        I’m sorry I didn’t get back to your comment sooner, I wanted to respond yesterday but wasn’t able to.

        I realize the need for me to clarify the importance of witnessing to others. I did mention it in the post and in my response to you, but both were mentioned with a small amount of emphasis. I did not intend that. As I mentioned there are many things in our life that happen because of Jesus that should speak to others, and all the more reason we should want to testify.

        I completely agree we are to reach lost people, and as this post and my response mentioned I completely agree we are to live according to scripture. I also agree with you the church would not able to witness the way it has without evangelism.

        I do apologize that my post and my response made it sound like I was separating holy living from witnessing. That wasn’t my intention, and by no means am I trying to imply that.

        To be living in holiness is to the shine the light of Jesus, to be speaking with seasoned salt. Everything we do should point to Jesus, and this includes our interactions with others. With what Jesus did for us, absolutely, should be fueling us with great desire to reach others.

        I completely agree with what you said about relationship and religion. Living a holy life Biblically is not about being religious because we should have a relationship daily with our Savior. To live a “holy” life religiously would be what Jesus referred to as having a white washed tomb (Matthew 23:27). This is not at all what I was trying to say. A religious life is just on actions, not transformation, and people are still walking in the flesh, not Spirit.

        I do intend to study the Kingdom of God for a word study post now that you mentioned it, and another on repentance to see how they work together, so I’m excited about that. 🙂 When the Kingdom of God is mentioned, especially in the beginning of the Gospels with John the Baptist, repentance is with it “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” (Matthew 3:02, Mark 1:15) We do see a connection between the two. The woman who Jesus saved, from being stoned, He told her to sin no more. The Kingdom of God and repentance is meant to be cohesive, we can’t have one without Jesus.

        That was overall my goal for this post to show the importance of giving up sin. The amount of times the church body is told to keep giving up sin, even though they are believers. And with the amount of scripture going in depth about sin and repentance all the more reason we SHOULD, absolutely, be reaching others!

        If people try to give up sins, like you mentioned, on their own, they cannot cleanse themselves. They are still defiled. We need Jesus and His Holy Spirit. Upon receiving Him, we want others to know His truth, and I want to clarify, that doesn’t mean new believers can’t go out and talk about Christ. But the more we have an active relationship with Jesus, the more grounded we should be in scripture, and ready to answer questions people have for us.

        I appreciate the discussion, and like with you and Sue, I hope I didn’t repeat myself too much. Thank you for taking the time to listen.

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      6. I appreciate the discussion too. As Believers we should be able to converse about the scriptures (iron sharpens iron Proverbs 27:17). If I may, I want to further explain to clarify that I am in no way justifying sin, we should follow God and what He says in His Word. I agree with your post but it sounded somewhat legalistic which is what compelled me to respond. The focus of the Believer is evangelism. The word Holy is translated in Hebrew as kadosh which means to be set apart. Holiness can’t be achieved through “acts.” God has to declare you holy…He who knew no sin became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). Through Jesus washing us through His blood we are set apart for the scared use of God. There is a mentality change wherein we “live right” which is done through the power of the Holy Spirit through the day to day sanctification process. Because we still have to deal with our adamic nature so we are going to struggle with sin until we see Jesus. The scripture says it shall not appear what I shall be but when I see Him I’ll be like Him (1 John 3:2). That’s when we get our glorified bodies, but we’re not talking about that so back to the subject at hand. Even in my issues as the Holy Spirit continues to work on me I can still be used by God. While I was yet a sinner Christ died (Romans 5:8). He didn’t wait for me to stop fornicating, drinking etc. first, while I was YET sinning Christ died. If people had to have themselves all together in order to be used by God, there would be no one for God to use. The scripture says that there is no one good but God (Mark 10:18). I completely see and understand what you’re saying, however my comment was to make clear that we need to be careful about falling into works righteousness. We’re not saved by what we do or don’t do, we are only saved by the blood of Jesus. I hope this helps to clarify the message that I was trying to convey. Thank you so much for welcoming my response.

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      7. Kim, The Holy Spirit is God living within us. We are born again of the Holy Spirit of God. We are birthed of the Spirit of God, and the Holy Spirit within us not only transforms us from death to life and from the power of Satan to God, but he empowers us to walk righteously before God. We need the Holy Spirit because we can’t live the Christian life without God living his life in us and out through us.

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      8. I asked you that question because I’m going somewhere with this. Now, when we are born again the Holy Spirit comes to live on the inside of us and He transforms us gradually on the day to day process of sanctification. In 1 John chapter 3 it says,” it does not appear what we shall be; but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.

        As Believers as we seek the Kingdom FIRST (Matthew 6:33) and focusing on taking care of His business (doing the work of ministry, evangelism & discipleship) the Holy Spirit works on us in our sanctification. However, the Holy Spirit does just empower us to live Holy He also empowers us to be a witness (Acts 1:8). Every Believer is called to be a witness. When we are just focusing in on “living holy” but we are not evangelizing then you might as well be lying, stealing, gossiping etc.. Jesus did not save us to focus on morality or “sinful acts” He saved us to be a witness. Again, am I saying that we should live loose lives? No. Galatians 5:16 says, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. So, the focus should not be on not sinning, the focus should be to Walk in the Spirit. When you Walk in the Spirit by default you won’t walk in the flesh.

        At the end of the day, our primary focus should be on evangelism and discipleship because that is what we are going to be judged on (our service to God) see 2 Corinthians 5:10. As Believers Jesus took care of our past, present and future sins (He was the fulfillment of the law) so we will stand before the judgement seat of Christ, it’s about reward and service. The judgement that Jesus took in our place on the Cross is everlasting. We will not have to be judged for our sins because we have already been judged for our past, present and future sins through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. In Galatians 3:13-14, it says “Cursed is anyone that hangs on a tree…Literally, Jesus became accursed for our sins. When He died on the Cross, He freed us from the judgement of our sins. However, the sins of the unbelievers will be judged in which they will stand before the Great White throne. (See Revelation 20:12).

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      9. Kim, I believe that my previous replies to you have covered this topic with you, so I will not repeat what I said before, but I will let the Word of God stand on its own merit and speak the truth. I will only say what I said before, and for which I supplied scriptures, that what you are sharing here is not what the Bible teaches, although there are some aspects of what you have shared that I do agree with, but which I have previously stated, so I will not repeat myself. If our lives are surrendered to Jesus Christ, and he is Lord of our lives, and we are walking according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh, then we will live holy and godly lives, and we will be his witnesses in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others, too. https://runwithit.blog/2020/04/18/my-hearts-desire-and-prayer/

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      10. I believe this conversation is becoming unfruitful as well. I don’t plan to keep going back and forth with you. The Word of does stand on it as own merit and what I’ve shared is “Kingdom” not my own personal subjectivity or opinion. No one Walks in the Spirit 24/7 even though we are saved we still live in our adamic nature and still struggle with sin. We can’t just take a bunch of scriptures and do an eisegesis of the Bible when the Bible was written in a Jewish context with a Kingdom emphasis. In order to rightly divide the Word of truth we have to do an exegesis, and we can’t do that with only a Bible you need other Kingdom resources. I can recommend some doctrinal sound resources if you like. Unfortunately, many Believers approach the scriptures through Romanization, Europenization, Colonization, Westernization and Americanization of the Gospel. This is watershed theology.

        Thank you for the dialogue, God bless you!

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  5. Yes, the Scriptures are very clear on how we should be living, as followers of Jesus, and of the consequences, too, of those who live the opposite. Yes, Jesus has called us to be holy, and he is the one who makes us holy, but he has instructed us to be holy as he is holy, and to be holy in all our conduct, and to no longer be conformed to the standards and ways of this sinful world. We are told to forsake our former lives of living for sin and self and to put on Christ and his righteousness. In fact, his grace, which brings salvation, instructs us to say “No!” to ungodliness and fleshly lusts and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives while we wait for Christ’s return.

    So, yes, it all comes from God, and only because of God’s grace, and only through Jesus’ sacrificial death on a cross for our sins, but we must put on that righteousness and that holiness and truth and godliness by walking in obedience to our Lord, and by surrendering our lives over to him, but not in our own strength and power, but in the strength and power of the Lord living within us and working his will in our lives and working his will out through our lives, too, for his glory and praise. For, we have to read Ephesians 2:10 along with vv. 8-9 to get the full picture.

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    1. Exactly, and the Holy Spirit helps us do this, which we receive from truly believing in Jesus. We can’t do it apart from Him and those truly in Him produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit, and this is represented through a changed life. Denying our flesh, picking up our cross, Romans 6 totally helps, too. Grace abounds more than sin but that does not mean at all for us to remain sinning.

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  6. Listing the works of the flesh is not legalistic. it is funny how believers call it condemnation when you ask them to stop doing a particular thing.
    Jesus told the woman at the well to go and sin no more. It is sad when people try o water down the scriptures. It was clearly written in the Bible and there is nothing legalistic about this post.
    We are called to be the image of the son Jeaua and Jwuaa knew no in.
    Personally, I loved reading this.

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    1. Thank you so much, praise the Lord! I do understand better clarity in talking about sanctification and how Jesus leads us to perfection throughout life, and very much that is part of obeying God, and learning what it means to obey God. Sin is a part of life, but we grow, learn, repent and repeat. The Lord has been so good to minister to me and help me learn more scriptures to help talk about these topics even more 🙂

      It wasn’t easy writing this post, but I learned a lot and I hope to keep learning. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. 😊

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