Living Holy Lives

Living Holy Lives...

It sounds a lot simpler than it really is...

Living a holy life despite the unholy world that we live in.

How is that even possible?

Let me put it in a different picture.

Imagine being in a dark room. There are no lights, no switches to turn on a light, no match, no candle, no flashlight, nothing with which to emit a spark.

The room is cluttered with objects which are invisible to the eye in the darkness. Yet these objects are dangerous objects, and their one goal and purpose is to try to hinder you from getting to the other side of the room.

How do you get from one side of the room to the other? In basic terms... "You can't."

The is true about living holy lives in an unholy world as well. You can't. It's impossible for man to live a holy life. Yet scripture instructs us to.

Isaiah 64:6 "But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."

We can't live holy lives in this unholy world, without the Light that we so desperately need.
To cross that room, we have to have a source of light! In order to maneuver through this world as Holy believers unto God, we can only do so with the Light of God. In our own strength and abilities, it is impossible to get through this life living holy lives.

In I Peter 1:16 we are called/commanded to live holy lives. Just as our God is holy, so should we be holy. Peter is actually quoting Leviticus 11:44.

As God is holy, we are commanded to be holy, but this command I believe given to everyone can only be followed by a specific few that have the ability to do so. Without that Light, we cannot live holy lives, because the attitude and personal reasons as to why we accomplished them are not done in purity and therefore not accepted by God but in fact are repulsive to Him.

Hebrews 11:6 "But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

For a person to try to please God without faith in the sacrifice of God's Son upon the cross, our works of "holiness" are worthless. In order for us to please God, we must first believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He came to die on the cross for us, and took our sin upon Himself and died, raising again from the grave three days later.

Unless we first believe that, it is impossible to please God.

So how do we live holy lives in an unholy world?
By first trusting Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.

From there we live a life of obedience in submission to the Word of God. We obey what we are told to do, we meditate upon the Word of God and in so doing God has promised to prosper us. (Psalm 1:1-3)

Certainly, we will face challenges and tests along the way, but we know to... "...count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.: James 1:2-3

It is hard for us sometimes to understand that God has a plan for our lives, and even harder for us to understand that what He is doing now is preparing us for our positions in eternity. Yet, what a thrill it will be one day to stand before the throne of God and find out what He has chosen for us to do for His glory and honor for all of eternity!

How do we live holy lives in an unholy world? Only through the power of God.