PURITY, A NECESSITY FOR A GOD-MAN RELATIONSHIP.
KEY SCRIPTURES: ZECHARIAH 3:1-7, ISAIAH 6:1-8, 1THESSOLANIANS 4:1-8, HEB.11:6, ROM.8:7-8, JAMES 1:21
God bless you brethren for finding time to listen to this life-transforming message. I trust God it will minister life to you.
“Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and joy to gloom”. James 4:8-9 (NIV).
The scripture above tells us to come near to Who? A lot of people think that it is God’s business to look for them and satisfy their needs. Then they will now think if is proper or convenient to serve him. Against the claims of false doctrines so prevalent, we are to make ceaseless effort on these actions:
To come to God
1. Wash our hands
2. Purify our hearts
3. Do away with double mind
4. Grieve, mourn and wail for our present ignorance and state of godlessness and depravity.
There is this erroneous belief prevalent in our society today:
“God is to me, whom I think or make him become and God accepts me anyway no matter what I have done and choose to do hereafter. He knows I’m human and cannot live without sinning”. That’s a license for sin and it’s fallacious and misleading.
God loves sinners but hates sin. He does not continue to relate with sinners in the same status He met them. He accepts them based on the decision they have made to repent and accept Jesus Christ as their lord and savior (John 3:16, Romans 10:10) if that understanding is done in faith, whole heartedly and genuinely, a cleansing, new birth and regeneration process is set in motion (2 Corinthians 5:17). This true, because, Jesus is the only way to the father (JEHOVAH-GOD. Acts 4:12).
Granted, we all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. God did not leave us there without a way out. He provided Jesus as a propitiation for our sins. That implies that our sin-problem has been taken care of. It is gross wickedness to accuse God of allowing us to remain sinners. Note that a Christian is not a sinner and a sinner is not a Christian. Our sin problem has been taken care of. Our problem is unbelief. Jesus actually died for the whole world; it is only those who have faith in him (in his saving grace) and make a commitment to repent and say total no to the world and its lusts that shall be saved.
Romans chapter six addressed believers, shall we continue in sin till grace abounds? How can we who are dead to sin live any longer in it?
May I put it up to us emphatically that God’s grace does not give us license to sin or maintain our liability of sin, it rather gives us the enablement to avoid and overcome sin! Titus 2:11: “for the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age”.
When you get born again, you receive the righteousness that comes from God through the gospel of Jesus. That righteousness is eternity that has been deposited into your spirit by default (Romans 6:23b). It’s in you. That’s the seed of God. HE is HOLY and RIGHTEOUS! Romans1:17, John 1:12&13.
“Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes”. (Romans 10:4).If the above scripture is true, then why are you wallowing in sin, yet comfortable to label yourself a sinner. You are on your way to hell if you don’t repent now.
We must come near to God. We must show interest, love passion and hunger for righteousness. God does not feed the guilty who needs no repentance. He only feeds and satisfy the hunger of those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness. We must purify our hearts and wash our hands and remove double mindedness. We should learn to grieve and be ashamed when we make mistake. We should also be careful never to characterize our life and habits with sin.
“Oh, immorality,drunkenness,lying,lesbianism,homosexuality,co-habitation and committing immorality yet unmarried, cheating in exams, adultery, masturbation, ungodly anger, bitterness, malice, envy, naked and immodest dressing, hypocrisy, stealing, abortion, sorcery, witchcraft, membership of a satanic and secret cult is my weakness”.
That’s the sincere confession of some well meaning people. They are sincerely wrong! Please stop defrauding and deceiving yourself. Nowhere in the bible did God call sin a weakness!
Romans 8:26&27.Talked about our weakness of not knowing how to pray or ability to know the mind of God and the right things to ask and channel our prayers right. Therefore the HOLY SPIRIT helps us in our ‘weaknesses’ by making intercession for us. ‘Weakness’ in the bible context has to do with a limitation and not sin, ensnaring or tempting attitude, habit, desire or disposition.
Moses’ stammering was a weakness; His anger was a sin. Paul was very audacious and authoritative in his letters, but people often despise him physically because he was a small statured person. That’s a weakness! Not sin! I’m in my 30s’ yet people say I look as though I’m 18.That’s our family’s nature. Oftentimes younger people think I’m their mate. They oftentimes have to look at me very well to know if I qualify for their cosmetic greetings. I used to feel bad about this before, but not now. It doesn’t matter anymore. Some people only respect me because of the results they see around me not just because it’s me. That’s a ‘WEAKNESS’ for me; NOT SIN!
The bible says that those that name upon the Lord should depart from sin. It also says that fornication should not be mentioned among us let alone committing it or dressing in a way to suggest to others that we intend them to commit it with us. Abomination! Isaiah and Zechariah in the introductory scripture, dealt with their sin problem by accepting God’s provision of atonement. It was only after the cleansing and purification process that God put them to functional use. Purity is a necessity for a God-man relationship.
Repent now before it’s too late! Once you are living in sin you are liable to go to hell.
God bless you.