Top Ten Truth # 7 – God Wants to Make You Holy ~ blog
Somewhere, perhaps deep in your heart of hearts, is there a real desire to be holy? I know there is in me and I believe it is there in you as well. That is part of the Christian life. The desire to please God because of all He has done for us is how we should be feeling.
There is something within us, as being new creations in Christ Jesus, that is sick and tired of sexual sin and would love to have the self-control to daily be saying;
Yes, to God … and No to Sexual Sin
Sexual sin offers the illusion of intimacy but always leaves us empty and then eventually wanting more. And this is not just because we have the internet and we can access porn almost anytime. It was a big problem in the days of Jesus and the world that was being invaded by the Church proclaiming a new life in Christ where old things have passed away and new things could come about.
So, Paul writes these words to the believers in Thessalonica;
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.
For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.”
Not much that is hard to understand in that passage. He uses the word “sanctification” three times which is a word meaning “becoming more holy.” It is the process that God began in our lives when we became born again by accepting Christ to be our Savior, (our justification) and will end when we die and go to heaven (our glorification).
The time we are in right now is when we are in the process of sanctification…or being made holy. This process is not all up to us but it’s up to the Holy Spirit and us. It is a team effort that requires both the Spirit and us, working together.
I do not care how far you have fallen into sexual sin there is someone who wants you to be becoming more holy and that is God your Father, Jesus your Savior and Lord, and the Holy Spirit who literally dwells inside of your body. The only question that remains is that what you want?
I am guessing your answer is YES…some of the time and NO some of the time. However, guess what God’s will for you is??? Paul writes that there need be no doubt about it;
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is,
that you abstain from sexual immorality”
Just to make things crystal clear guess what the Greek word for “sexual immorality” is?
And in Paul’s day, a prostitute was a “porneis.” With the word “porneia” meaning habitual immorality;
“Porneia is the comprehensive term denoting any and every form of sexual practice that lies outside the circle of God’s revealed will, including adultery, premarital and extramarital intercourse, homosexuality, bestiality and any other perversion of God’s design.”
However, this passage is not just telling us what we need to abstain from but also what we must be doing if we are going to be abstaining from sexual sin. He makes it clear that we are to abstain from sexual immorality.
So, which of these two ideas do you think is true? God demands sexual purity and He is watching us to see if we can produce it. Or, He knows in and of ourselves we cannot stop this powerful and addictive behavior, so He wants to work with us by the power of the Spirit and being in a community of other believers who are helping one another?
The first is a lie. God knows all things. He knows there is no way we can maintain sexual purity on our own…and we have proven Him right…as always. Therefore, God, the Holy Spirit has been placed inside of our body and it is by Him empowering our own efforts that we can become more holy.
This is why we are commanded daily to be being filled with the Holy Spirit…continuously. This is also why we are commanded to be offering our bodies to God daily. This is also why we need to learn how to walk in the Spirit so that we do not fulfill the desires of our flesh.
Stop imagining that God is seated on His high and mighty throne looking down at you with disgust and condemnation. That image is not real. He isn’t distant and waiting for a chance to squash you like a tiny insect.
No, He is God your Father who has always loved you unconditionally. He is Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord who proved His love for you by His death and has purchased your forgiveness. And He is the Holy Spirit who is dwelling in you forever…and He has the power to change you.
His will for all of us is to be being sanctified daily by the power of His indwelling Spirit and is accomplished with the help of other Christians helping and encouraging one another. If you do not have that because of shame I invite you to find this healing community in our Online Support Teams that have over 160 men from 10 different nations helping one another daily.