2 January: Living A Holy Life
Therefore, dear friends, since we have such promises, let us cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, completing our sanctification in the fear of God.
Confession of Sins
- We are vulnerable to sin
- Believers need to understand that although we intend to avoid sin always, sometimes we fail to do so. The bible says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (I John 1:8).
- We are not licenced to sin
- Our vulnerability to sin does not mean that we have the licence to sin willingly, deliberately and habitually. That’s why Romans 6:1-2 says “…Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2God forbid.”
- We are seriously affected by sin
- Sin brings a barrier between us and God thereby blocking his ear to our prayers and restricting his hand from intervening in our circumstances(Isaiah 59:1-2).
- The Power of confession
- Confession removes the barrier between us and God as stated in James 4:8 which says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
- Prayer Focus: Let us remorsefully acknowledge our sins and sincerely ask for forgiveness
Commitment to Living in Holiness
- Do Your Best To Avoid Sin
- While confession is a remedy after we have sinned, serious effort needs to be invested in avoiding sin.
- Fear God
- Be like Joseph who said to Potiphar's wife “How could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”(Genesis 39:9).
- Watch the entry points of sin
- Sin enters through eyes when we lust , words when we speak ungodly words, hearts when we are unforgiving, ears when we listen to gossip and my other entrance points.
- Romans 6:13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
- Focus on the eternal reward
- We ought to focus on the reward that awaits those who walk uprightly before God. Revelation 22:12 says,” “Behold, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to what he has done.
- Prayer Focus: Let us ask God to help us to fear him, create a conducive environment for holy living and focus on the Lord’s reward
Dealing with The Devil's Strategies to drag us into sin
- The devil will not hesitate to tempt us
- If the devil tempted the Lord Jesus himself surely he will tempt the believer. When we walk in holiness God wins, when we walk in sin the devil wins therefore we must overcome the devil's schemes.
- Never take sin lightly
- The devil wants us to take sin lightly and assume that there are "small sins and big sins". We must remember that Lot's wife just turned around to look and became a pillar of salt to demonstrate that there are no small sins.
- Ask God to help you to avoid temptations
- The devil will set traps that are hard to resist e.g. challenging Jesus to turn stones into bread when he was so hungry after fasting for forty days and forty nights. Be careful during your low moments in life.
- Remember that the joy of sin is short-lived
- The devil will influence you to ignore the consequences like the prodigal son who made a series of wrong decisions until he was in a seemingly inescapable scenario. Avoid small steps in the wrong direction.
- Prayer Focus: Let us cry to God for him to help us to take sin seriously, see the devils traps and avoid ignoring the consequences.