Holiness Part 7 by Tanner – age 18

Holiness is not about what you do it’s about who you’ve become.

The New Birth

True holiness is created by God for the separation from sin for the reconciliation. God’s holiness can only come into man by God’s power. It is definitely not derived from what we do. God has to change us back into what we were before Adam caused sin to become a part of man’s identity. The one thing that Jesus preached about more than anything else was repentance. The word repent means “a change of mind(heart).” A change, which I mentioned earlier, or transformation has to happen in order for you to be a part of the bride of Christ, which includes being holy and being blessed. When we as humans are born, we are born into sin – we are born under Adam’s curse, so we must be BORN AGAIN to receive His holiness. This is where the transformation begins. A person lays off the old man (which is Adam), dies to themselves(the flesh), and then is born again into the reality of the gospel. At this point the person has been transformed. Whether they think so or not, God has done a work in them. The only time a believer will ever sin after this point of transformation is if they decide to receive the deceptions of the enemy and step into the realm of the flesh. You, as a believer, do not have to sin, you are not obligated to sin. The bible says, “IF a righteous,” righteous which means in right standing with God, “man fall , God will hold him in His hand.’ Notice it says IF…it does not say ”when” a righteous man falls. As a righteous man, you are not obligated to fall. In Jude 24 it says “to Him that is able to keep you that ye fall not.” Why would God care to try to prevent you from falling if it is impossible not to fall. The only time anyone falls or struggles is if they are in the flesh. “If you walk according to the spirit you do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” If you were to constantly walk according to the spirit in fellowship and communion with God you would never sin… it would be impossible to sin. There are many who say “it is impossible not to sin,” “nobody’s perfect,” “I’m only human.” Notice that all of these comments are full of doubt and unbelief which are demonic strongholds and are totally opposite of God. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal(human), but are mighty in the breaking down of strongholds.” Sounds like they aren’t using their weapons against the enemy but rather are collaborating with him in their words. The fact that they are saying that something that is from God and that is good is impossible totally contradicts the scriptures “every good and perfect gift is from above” and “all things are possible to them that believe” and “all things are possible through him who strengthens me.” If they say this is impossible they are in unbelief which is opposite of faith. “Without faith no man will please God.” Basically, what I’m saying is it is backwards for someone to say that they love and serve a God that they oppose openly with their beliefs that they have gotten from the enemy through their own observation rather than by faith. “We walk by faith not by sight.” People that believe these things have either never been born again and filled with the spirit of God or they have been at one point but have since chosen to submit to the lies of the enemy, and heed his word rather than God’s word.  In both of these cases they need to repent, have a new birth experience and have a full holy ghost purification or cleansing. Once you have had this experience, all that is left to do is love Him with all you are and develop an intimate relationship with Him. If you have this real relationship, His voice greatly contrasts with that of the stranger. “My sheep know My voice and a stranger’s voice they will not follow.” I end with a quote from Leonard Ravenhill, “What did He say to the woman caught in adultery ‘go and sin less?’…he said ‘go and sin NO MORE.’…Do you think she ever struggled with sin after that?”

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