How to Practice Righteousness
Be Ye Holy, for I Am Holy – 1 Peter 1:16
Many people believe you cannot live a holy life. Many people believe they will be rescued as the Bride of Jesus Christ with sin in their life. I struggled for a long time with how we as “sinners” could become a “spot free Bride”. I used to make excuses in my head like “Well we are all sinners anyway” so what’s the point. I figured I would repent of my sins and everything would be just fine.
I’m here to tell you that’s not how it works.
Today I received a letter from a pastor in India. Praise Jesus. He was intensely concerned about himself AND his congregation. How he stumbled across Tribulation-Now, I will never know. What I do know is if he had asked me these questions six months ago I wouldn’t have had an appropriate answer for him. I have spent hours in prayer, seeking the Lord in tears, asking Him to purify my heart and prepare me in holiness. Six months ago my only understanding of what holiness was came from the dictionary. Here’s what I found.
ho·ly [hoh-lee] adjective, ho·li·er, ho·li·est, noun, plural ho·lies.
1. specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated: holy ground.
2. dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion: a holy man.
3. saintly; godly; pious; devout: a holy life.
4. having a spiritually pure quality: a holy love.
5. entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred: a holy relic.
I don’t know about you, but to me, that information is virtually useless. I needed to understand the process. I didn’t want to take any chances. I wanted to be SURE that I was doing everything I could “Scripturally” to be the “Bride of Jesus Christ”.
Somehow the Lord led this pastor in India to me. Every day I pray “fervently” for the Lord to lead people to me that need help. I implore the Lord in tears to use me in any way He sees fit. I ask him to empty my cup and fill it with only HIM.
This is the email I received from this pastor:
“Dear Baptist I am [name withheld] I am a working pastor in south india please help me how to prepare for the rapture and escape from tribulation i copy your website rapture prayer and translate in our language and i am going to give it to the congregation shall i do this is there any copyrights problem please give me information.
and full details
Here is my answer to this kind saint who I truly hope to meet someday in Heaven soon!
How to Achieve Holiness
God Bless You brother [name withheld].
All things belong to the Father. Yes you may use anything you desire brother.
Remember to tell the congregation to only confess and repent of the *past sins* ONE time. Once Jesus has forgiven those sins (generational curses, etc.) they are forever forgiven. After the people have fully confessed and repented of all their sins, IT IS DONE. Jesus will forgive them.
But they must NOT CONTINUE SINNING ….
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
If it were not possible to live a sin free life, JESUS would not have said this to the woman.
We are human and we do make mistakes – SO – we practice “holiness” and we “practice righteousness“.
Repent of your Sins EVERY DAY!
Repent of your Sins IMMEDIATELY!
Do not Repent of a Sin and then Repeat the Sin
This is a lie to God, this become “Iniquity” (pre-meditated sin)
Then TEACH your people that they must “practice righteousness“.
1 John 3:7-9
7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
2 Cor 10:3-6
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
1 Peter 1:13-16
herefore 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.”
… and again …
… go and sin no more.”
Teach Your People What Sin is …
Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, (worldly) passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. 8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
ow the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions (arguments), jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Teach them How to Behave …
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Teach Your People they Need to Ask (Pray) for Help …
Ask the Father to fill them “with love” (1 Cor. 12)
Ask the Father to take away ALL “pride”
Ask the Father to fill them with “desire to help, serve & give to others” (James 2:20 “faith without works is dead”)
Ask the Father, in Jesus name “to Help them be HOLY”
And don’t forget …
Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
GOD BLESS YOU BROTHER!!!!
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Summary in Jesus Name
May God Bless You in your pursuit of Holiness. Remember the Bible wouldn’t tell you to do these things if it were not possible. Don’t fool yourself like I used to do and think you will make the Rapture of the Bride while living in sin.
Just the other day a wonderful young lady was suggesting that “fornication” was not having sex outside of marriage. She had searched on You Tube for videos that defended her position. Her conscience obviously bothered her. The Bible is very clear and does an extremely good job of describing what sin is and how we may repent of our behaviors and correct our errors.
Please pray fervently for the young unwed women out there who are dependent upon the financial support of the men in their lives; particularly those who have children. Help these women if you know any. PRAY FOR THEM to FIND A WAY.
SEEK HOLINESS WITH ALL YOUR HEART
REPENT OF ALL YOUR SINS
MOMENT YOU COMMIT THEM
AS THE BIBLE SAYS
LISTEN TO YOUR CONSCIENCE
(That’s the Lord speaking through your Spirit)
TAKE NO CHANCES
Become the Church of Philadelphia Now!
JESUS WANTS US ALL TO BE
… Be Blessed in Jesus Name