FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011
HOLINESS by David Wilkerson
When I speak of total trust in Christ, I mean not only in his saving power but also in his keeping power. We have to trust his Spirit to keep us and conform us to Jesus likeness.
Think about your own testimony. At one time you were alienated, cut off from God by wicked works. What good work did you do to make things right with him? None! No one has ever been able to save himself.
Likewise, nobody has ever been able to make or keep himself holy. We are brought into Christs holiness daily by faith alone, as we trust in what Gods Word says: If you are in Christ, you are holy as he is holy.
You, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: if ye continue in the faith (Colossians 1:21-23).
Note the phrase if ye continue in the faith. Jesus is saying, Continue trusting in me, living by faith. I will present you as clean, faultless, unblameable, holy before the Father.
Beloved, this is all the sanctifying work of the Holy Ghost. As the Spirit empowers you to mortify the deeds of the flesh, he will lead you by his conviction and his comfort.
There is but one holiness: Christs! Therefore, no one believer is holier than thou. There are no degrees of holiness, only degrees of maturity in Christ. You can be a new Christian and still be absolutely holy in Jesus. So its foolish to measure yourself against someone you picture as being holy. We are all measured by one standard: the holiness of Christ. And if we are in him, his holiness is ours in equal measure.
You can never again look at another Christian and say, Oh, I wish I were as holy as he is. You may not have that persons discipline or his prayer life; you may struggle more often and make more mistakes than he does. But he is no more accepted by the Father than you are. You are to compare yourself to no one, because no one is more loved in the eyes of the Father than you!
Dear saint, take off your shoes. Put off all reliance on your flesh. Here is the ground upon which youre to live: I claim my holiness, which is in Christ Jesus. I am part of his body. And my Father sees me as holy because I abide in him.
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Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind,
and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
As obedient children,
not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy
in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
And if ye call on the Father,
Who without respect of persons judgeth
according to every man's work,
pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory;
that your faith and hope might be in God.
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth
through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren,
see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.
And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
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