Rich Rewards 03 May Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
Holiness is living unto God. Unlike the worlds way of living, holiness isnt easy. You cant just coast along doing what everyone else is doing and be holy. It takes determination. It takes effort. It takes submitting yourself to God when, naturally speaking, you might want to do something else. But the rewards are tremendous. Hebrews says that without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. Does that mean if youre holy, you will see Him? Yes! Jesus Himself said, He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him (John 14:21). In other words, if you live the way Im talking about right nowdoing things that are pleasing to GodJesus will reveal Himself to you. He can become so real to you through the Word, that it will be as if Hes standing right in front of you. You can be closer to Him than you are to your best friend. That, in itself, would be reason enough to live a holy lifestyle. But the Bible promises even more rewards! According to 1 John 5:18, the devil cant touch you. Can you imagine what life would be like if the devil couldnt touch you? Well, thats the way God wants your life to be. He wants you so free that Satan cant hurt you in any way. First John 3:21 says that if our hearts condemn us not, then we have confidence before God. Do you know why so many peoples prayers fail to be answered? Its not because God doesnt do His part. Its because the people had no confidence when they went before God in prayer. They couldnt ask in faith because their hearts condemned them. Deep inside, you know whether or not youre giving God top prioritywhether or not youre living a holy lifestyle. Make a decision today to be holy. Make a decision to live unto God. The rewards will be rich.1 Samuel 19-20; 1 Corinthians 8I follow peace with all men, and holiness, and I shall see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:21-24