Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Holiness:The Misunderstood Way to a Successful Life

I Tim 4:7-16 Says-But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
 These things command and teach.
 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
      Godliness is profitable IN THIS LIFE!To understand what it is lets look at it's opposite.We have no problem knowing what worldliness is because we have heard about that forever,it is the way the world operates.Well Godliness is how God operates!He has been around a while so his way must work.As we meditate and give ourselves WHOLLY to doing things God's way then and ONLY then will the benefits that come from going Gods way will begin to show and other people will see it and will begin to listen to what you have to say.If sinners don't want to hear what you have to say then maybe we aren't showing any answers to them.Maybe they are thinking I don't want to be like them,I have enough problems.
        John 14:21-23 says- 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.
 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
            The way we allow God to show up in our lives is by keeping his word in our hearts until it gives us the ability to do things His way and then he can get involved in our lives and work on our behalf.
     As we mature as belivers we should never be indistinguishable with the sinner!

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