Be Ye Holy

The whole our text today reveals the high ground that we are called to walk.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality, that each one of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in the lust of depravity, even as the Gentiles who do not know God, and that no man take advantage of and defraud his brother in any matter, because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness. 1 Thessalonians 4:3‭-‬7 MEV

Jesus suffered, bled, and died for our sanctification. The life in Christ is the High life.

Don’t settle for less.


There is a way

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality, 1 Thessalonians 4:3 MEV

Biblical morality is the only acceptable way to live in the eyes of God. Don’t confuse man’s ways with God’s ways, they lead to death.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
Proverbs 14:12 MEV (Pro. 16:25)

Don’t be double minded. Live for God and God alone. Let Christ Jesus rule and reign.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
James 1:6‭-‬8 KJV


Required

Pursue peace with all men, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord, Hebrews 12:14 MEV

There are many voices today telling us that there are no requirements set forth by God to please Him. Any rules are seen as legalism and bondage.

Nothing could be further from biblical truth. Even the grace of offered salvation requires faith received and spoken.


Distractions


“I’m on my way; I’ll be there soon. Keep a tight grip on what you have so no one distracts you and steals your crown.
Revelation 3:11 MSG

Jesus is coming back for a glorious church without spot nor wrinkle. He’s also coming as the Judge of all who walk in rebellion toward His words and the Father’s will.

Don’t let anything or anyone distract you from following and serving Him. Keep yourself in the knowledge of His holiness and might.

Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God.  And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you. Leviticus 20:7‭-‬8 KJV

It’s up to each of us read the Word, heed the Word, believe the Word, keep the Word, and speak the Word.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV