Uncategorized — September 11, 2019 at 6:57 am

Be Holy as the Lord is!

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I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.” Lev 11:44.

Be Holy as the Lord is!

God had a claim over the Israelites because He created them, chose them to be His, delivered them from slavery in Egypt and led them into the Promised land. Holiness is an attribute of God and Chambers Dictionary defines it as moral perfection, pure in heart. There is no standard of moral excellence that God has to adhere to since Holiness is an intrinsic attribute of His.

As humans, we lost the attribute of holiness from the fall. This pathetic situation brought about a disconnect between us and God. To change the situation, God commanded us to consecrate ourselves – set ourselves apart for Him only. We are then to make ourselves holy. What God was asking them to do was to observe some ceremonial laws as a sign of being set aside for the Lord. The outward observance of these laws did not do much to change their hearts. This same command is repeated in 1Peter 1:15 to the Church of Christ. The difference here is that we have been declared holy and righteous through the cleansing work of the blood of Jesus Christ. Because of this reality we strive hard to be ceremonially holy both externally and internally through confession and repentance.

We cannot earn holiness by what we do, but we strive to live holy lives through the Blood of Jesus because we are thankful for what God has already done. Do you desire and pursue holiness all the time?

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  • Rev. Sunday Bwanhot

    Rev. Sunday Bwanhot is a missionary to America serving with SIM/ECWA. He is an Economist by profession and has worked as a Statistician with Kaduna State Government. He later pioneered and managed the Challenge Press of ECWA in Jos before God’s call to pioneer the Prayer Ministry of ECWA in Jos, Nigeria. In 1993, God called him to Chicago as a missionary and has been serving there since 1995 to date. Currently, he pastors ECWA Chicago which he planted and serves as the Chairman of the ECWA USA District Church Council. Loves being a grandpa of 8 grandchildren and enjoys writing.

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