Sunday, April 25, 2021

Perfecting Holiness In the Fear of God

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2 Corinthians 7:1 (KJV) Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

From when Debbie was a child, she was trained in the fear of the Lord. She knew that God was the judge of heaven and earth, and even though people may escape earthly justice, no one can escape the judgment of God. She understood that people who live as if God does not exist are living in foolishness.

So when her husband was unkind to her and there was this male colleague in her office who was offering solace and friendly comfort, she knew exactly what he wanted and she was not ready to dabble in that territory of sin and immortality. Debbie did not fall into the trap of adultery because she feared the Lord. The fear of the human consequences or the love she had for her husband was not strong enough to restrain her from adultery. She wasn't even sure her husband wasn't already committing adultery himself, but she kept herself from sin and walked in the holiness of God because she had a foundation of the fear of God. This was the reason why she could come out of that season of her life victoriously, and her prayers were very powerful.

Many believers today have told themselves that there is no need to fear God. That God is their father and no matter what they do, God will not punish them. That doctrine sounds cozy and attractive, but it is not scriptural nor is it true. God is no respecter of persons. If you are a believer, He empowers you to walk as His child. If you walk like an unbeliever, you are proving that you are not truly His child, and the wrath of God will visit all disobedience whether it is from a titled Christian or from an atheist. This is the reason why when we sin or go astray as believers, the Lord disciplines us and brings us to repentance. He does this because he does not want us to be judged with the rest of the world (see 1 Corinthians 11:31).

Go into today remembering that because of God's love for you, He made the ultimate sacrifice to redeem you from the way of life that was going to lead you into the imminent condemnation of the world. Now that you are saved, trust Him to walk in a manner worthy of the call. Hebrews 12:28-29 says: "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire".
— Abraham Damilola Arigi

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