To Live or Die?

That is the question


God is waiting patiently as we continue our tour and probation of life.

Some, or shall is say, most of us, (and I find myself also sometimes in this demise), willingly allow sin to reign in our hearts, mind, and actions.

We lie, cheat, get angry unjustly, murmur and complain, commit acts of coveting, fornication, and idolatry.

Most of all, we live in unbelief. Oh, do we sin in thought, word, and deed!


One future glorious day He will come, not unlike how He delivered the Israelites from Egypt, or Joshua entering the promised land of rest from wandering in the wilderness.

His final work of cleansing the world of sin will come by judgment and a fervent, purifying fire.


Those who have successfully entered into His rest (Hebrews 4:7-9) will be taken home and given eternal joy.

The rest of the inhabitants of the earth? What shall be their rest?

They will be cast down into the Lake of Fire prepared for Satan and his angels (Revelation 20:13-15).


Who will be found wallowing in the mire of sin wandering in the wilderness? Who will be be found striving, marching toward Canaan on that higher path where only those of a pure heart, free from the power and work of sin reside?


While God waits, He longs to redeem, to justify whosoever may believe. Then, He wants to sanctify them wholly so that they may cease from sin, and move onto maturity in Christ.

Without this wonderous work of grace and growth in the Christian’s life, we are unable to teach others to do likewise, and thus fall into more sin and possible judgment. (Hebrews 5:12-14, 12:6-23).


Sanctification

Most churches today do not teach this biblical principle nor do they even know what it means. But it is there, undeniably, in scripture.

I am only learning this precept now after 20 years in and out of Calvary Chapels, living in sin and being taught that it was okay.

I no longer believe there will be any ‘Carnal Christians’ entering into that grand Holy of Holies, Heaven. Please, do not allow yourself to sit in a congregation that fosters the belief that we, can continue to sin in thought, word, and deed and be secure in our salvation.

That I believe is a recipe for sorrow, grief, and eternal suffering (Matthew 7:21-23). Working iniquity (living in sin) is not a practice that should be mentioned about Christians.

Nevertheless, scripture commands us to be sanctified and move on toward maturity, conformed to the image of Christ

(Romans 6: 5-14, 8:28-29).


I am pleading to you reader, if you have not been sanctified, or know what it means, God is waiting for you.

He is watching for you to soften your heart and come to Him. That He may cleanse you from your sinful nature.

As believers, we have imputed righteousness. Then we are called to grow onto holiness (2 Corinthians 7:1). Only when our heart is made pure does this happen.

Will you come to Him? Will you give Him every thought, will, desire, and possession?

Put them all on the alter, give them to Him, and wait on The Lord. He will do what He promised.

He will purify your heart and sanctify your soul.

Some of you know deep inside your heart it calls out for cleansing, for purification

(Matthew 19:16-30).


Here are many scriptures that paint a clearer picture about sanctification and how Christians should live.


The river Jordan is before you. Will you cross over into the promised land or will you stay behind wandering in unbelief (Hebrews 4:6) and carnality (Romans 8:6)?


Scripture is clear, we need holiness and unfeigned love of the brethren as Christians.

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

Strive diligently to enter into His rest (Hebrews 4:3-5). God does not want you to wander in the wilderness, He wants to bring rest your weary, sin stained soul.

He wants us to grow and mature, moving on from the milk of the gospel of salvation from sin to being completely sanctified, and then onto Christian maturity.

The only thing stopping us is unbelief. It causes staggering (Romans 4:2-29), it causes us to fall (Hebrews 4:11), to lose our salvation (Romans 11:20-24, an evil heart (Hebrews 3:12).

Unbelief in God’s ability to complete His work in our heart is an evil thing.

We are to be pure in heart (Matthew 5:8), to keep our thoughts, words, and deeds clean (Psalms 24:4), to truly love others (1 Timothy 1:5), to avoid lust (2 Timothy 2:22).

A pure heart draws us close to god (Hebrews 10:22) and we cannot do it ourselves (Proverbs 20:9). We must rely and allow God’s grace to finish what He began moving us toward perfection (Ephesians 4:10-13).

This includes assembling ourselves together with like-minded Christians.


This is a succinct example of the fruits of sanctification:

“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth

through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren,

see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Being born again, not of corruptible seed,

but of incorruptible, by the word of God,

which liveth and abideth for ever.

For all flesh is as grass,

and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.

The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.

And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you”

(1 Peter 1:22-25).


Life is too short to be playing around with sin and unbelief as a Christian. Find the assurance of salvation that a pure heart brings (Mark 10:15) by faith (Hebrews 11:1) and not one that allows sin and the evils of unbelief (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

We desperately need the love of God being shed abroad in their hearts by the work of the Holy Ghost. He has the power to obliterate hypocrisy and sin in our heart once and for all!


For further reading on this subject, one paper comes to mind: Holiness in the Book of Hebrews by R. E. Carroll.

May God Bless and purify your soul

~ D

Our Holy Gift in the Manger

 


As it is the nature of the eye to preserve its purity

by washing away all dust;

So is the nature of God to repel all sin.

Every particle and shade of iniquity

creates in the soul of God a revulsion.

~ Richard Taylor


This is why Jesus came.


Sin is deadly.

It must, therefore be destroyed,

or it will destroy.

Any remedy that does not take primal account of sin

and aim at its absolute abolition,

is insufficient, if not spurious (counterfeit).”

~ Lowery


Christ was born to remove all sin

and its stain on our soul.

If we have submitted to His holy work,

should we continue to sin

and trodden under foot the gift of grace?

God forbid!


The story of the birth of Christ is wonderful.

The work of His life is immaculate.

The end thereof led to suffering,

a sore and bloody death.

The truth of His life brings to the lost, salvation.

To the sinner, repentance.

To the disciple, a new nature.

To the saved, a glorious redemption.

Embrace this gift,

wrestle with it, cling to it, cherish it.

Let it have its full work in your soul.

Sin will lose its sting, its power

its hold over your life.

Let sin die as Christ did for you.

See all things anew

from a heart pure and true.

Forsake not the gift that was given to you.


There is a warning that we must heed.

Drawn from the score of scriptures’ seed.

Moses and his people felt its sting.

We will too if we fail to cling.


For if we go on sinning willfully

after receiving the knowledge of the truth,

there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

but a terrifying expectation of judgment

and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.

Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses

dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

How much severer punishment

do you think he will deserve

who has trampled under foot the Son of God,

and has regarded as unclean

the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified,

and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

For we know Him who said,

Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.”

And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”

It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Hebrews 10:28, 29


Jesus’ birth is framed within this world of deadly sin.

Bore by the Holy Spirit, for you and for me,

He commands us to be like Him,

born anew, pure, holy, and true.

His grace is sufficient

to lead us away from sin and its wages.


As New Born Babes


Wherefore laying aside all malice,

and all guile, and hypocrisies,

and envies, and all evil speakings, 

as newborn babes,

desire the sincere milk of the word,

that ye may grow thereby: 

if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

1 Peter 2:1-2


Drink up the celebration of the Lord!

Purify your heart, your mind, your soul

If you have been saved from sin,

no longer live therein.

The work of Christ can take you there.

Precious and holy babe was He.

Born to save us from our sin

and cleanse us for eternity.


The God of restoration wants

to sanctify you wholly.

This can only be done by

complete, intentional, and perpetual submission.

Repent, consecrate, dedicate

every inkling of you soul and life to him.


There is no greater gift than this.

Walk in His way.

The higher road awaits you.

Its paving stones glisten with truth,

its path is straight and narrow.

Let it elevate you and take you home.

Enter therein the straight gate,

 and you shall be free indeed!


Merry Christmas!


Amen

Our Bodies, Our Hope



Our bodies are muddy vestiges of decay.

Of this I am now most sincerely and continuously aware.

My spirit and body attest to this:

being justified and saved from sin,

sanctified and cleansed from sin,

bearing the consequences of this sin

in my body

until the end.


Praise be to God, for there is a better hope

For the law made nothing perfect,

but the bringing in of a better hope did;

by the which we draw nigh unto God.

(Hebrews 7:19)


We must strive wholly for this better hope.

Unwavering as we are made more perfect

Resting in God’s Holiness and peace.


Rejoicing evermore.

Praying without ceasing.

And in every thing, giving thanks:

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

(I Thess. 5:16-18).


Let those in Christ rejoice

for our salvation is nearer than before.

For we are merely sojourners in this land.

Through Sanctification

—— Titus 3:5 ——

Not by works of righteousness which we have done,

but according to his mercy he saved us,

by the washing of regeneration,

and renewing of the Holy Ghost;


When we are saved by grace through faith, we are given the gift of salvation (regeneration).

We are also offered the gift of renewing by baptism of the Holy Ghost.


—— I Peter 1: 2 ——

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,

through sanctification of the Spirit,

unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.

—— II Thessalonians 2:13 ——

But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you,

brethren beloved of the Lord,

because God hath from the beginning chosen you

to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit

and belief of the truth:


These two passages explain that God has chosen His elect (or His church) through sanctification.

This comes through the pouring out of His Spirit, transforming our lives. He cleanses us from our sin, our sinful nature dies (we die to sin), and our heart and spirit is renewed to a life of holiness, purity, and seeking to please God.

Our obedience to Him (not disobedience through sin) are the fruits of His grace that empowers us to listen, follow, and obey His word and remain under the covenantal sprinkling of Jesus’ blood until our final salvation comes.


—— 1 John 1:7 ——

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,

we have fellowship one with another,

and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.


This passage indicates: That if we abandon our sinful nature and wholly submit our entirety to His will by selflessly obeying the greatest of all the commandments:

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,

and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,

and with all thy strength:

this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this,

Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”

—— Mark 12:30-31 ——

He will cleanse us from the power of sin, the pollution of sin, the remains of sin, and the disposition to sin (our fleshly or sinful nature).

He will instantaneously change our sinful and dark heart with a pure heart by His in dwelling and shedding of love abroad us, teaching us to grow in His holiness and truth.

Thus, we have died to sin and the sinful nature and sin’s power over us has ended. Our spiritual nature has been changed.

This is the power of God’s Holy Spirit, by His grace, through our faith in the truth of His word, living in us.


Below in an excerpt from my studies that further explains this understanding of God’s work in us:

“Sanctification goes even deeper than contradiction of wrong habit or evil conduct. It strikes not only at our customs and our ideals, but it goes to the seat of wrong affections.

It demands death to every wrong affection and to every wrong inner feeling and calls for the absorption of the will in the divine will. This is a glorious demand, but a costly one and, therefore, it is unpopular.

Sanctification calls for the death not only of sinful acts, but sinful desires, sinful appetites and sinful affections. It goes to the center of the human character to destroy the works of the devil.

Here is the great battleground of human hearts and human lives.

General Superintendent R. T. WIlliams , Sanctification , pp. 30, 31.


Dear reader,

Something mysteriously strange and wonderfully indescribable has been happening to me.

Recently while traveling to visit on of my dear sister’s and her family, my family got into an auto accident and totaled our car in Nitro, West Virginia.

We were 2,300 miles from home and in need of God’s assistance desperately. While visiting my sister’s, we bought a replacement car and drove home.

A few days after arriving back home, I suffered from severe abdominal pain that required emergency surgery due to acute onset of appendicitis.

On the way to the ER, our newly purchased car partially fell apart on the way to the emergency room (due to rust).

Normally, at this point, I would not think things were going very well.

Alas, these last few weeks have been some of the greatest days of my life!

God is moving and teaching me in ways I never could have imagined.

That wheel should have come off while driving 80 mph winding through the Rocky Mountains passing and swerving in and around semi trucks.

Alas, God has a plan and the grace to carry it out even in our infirmities!


The opportunity to practice sin has been common place in my life the last 20 years as a professing (and carnal) Christian. And believe me, I practiced.

Some time before going on vacation and these subsequent trials, I had been praying to God. I was tired of sinning, the darkness that encompassed me, and the compromise that resulted from my Christian antinomian belief system of eternal security, denial of sanctification, and personal holiness.

For a few weeks I persisted in pleading to God for victory over sin, and submitted my desires and will to Him.

Then, over the course of this time, He changed something in my spirit. He brought these practices and opportunities of sin gracefully to an end. It is like there is a heavenly veil covering my soul.

There also exists a strong aversion to all things evil. God has changed my heart!


The once stony and sinful flesh is now filled with joy, peace, patience, and purity.

These last few weeks have been dramatically trying times: The fatigue I’ve experienced in travel, trauma from our car crash (no one got hurt), the strange circumstances we found ourselves, new temptations along the journey, and unforeseen challenges, have allowed God’s grace to pour over my heart and soul and draw me closer to Him.

Patience is becoming my friend, caution and avoidance of temptation my new awareness, thanksgiving and pleading my perpetual cry to God.


Oh!
It is amazing the ways God can change us when we give up those things we love most and truly die to them.

For many of us this may mean, questioning our theology, our behavior, and abandoning any beliefs that do not square with the whole of God’s Holy word.

Complete sacrifice and submission to God does bring tears and heartbreak. Yet, when all is done, our Lord showers us with joy, companionship, and unspeakable riches.

The Lord has truly given me a new song that I find comes out when I bring supplications, requests, and thanksgivings to God.

I want more than anything to keep His spirit near me until the end.

Below are some verses on new songs others experience(d) in scripture. I find a finial kinship with the expressions found in them and pray you do too.

Stop and ask God to bless your spirit as you read them.


“And he hath put a new song in my mouth,

even praise unto our God:

many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”

“O sing unto the LORD a new song;

for he hath done marvellous things:

his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.

The LORD hath made known his salvation:

his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.”

“It is he that giveth salvation unto kings:

who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.

Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children,

whose mouth speaketh vanity,

and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:

That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth;

that our daughters may be as corner stones,

polished after the similitude of a palace:”

“And they sung a new song, saying,

Thou art worthy to take the book,

and to open the seals thereof:

for thou wast slain,

and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood

out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation”

“And they sung as it were a new song before the throne,

and before the four beasts, and the elders:

and no man could learn that song

but the hundred and forty and four thousand,

which were redeemed from the earth.

These are they which were not defiled with women;

for they are virgins.

These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.

These were redeemed from among men,

being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

And in their mouth was found no guile:

for they are without fault before the throne of God.”


Let us strive to be found without fault in the eyes of our Lord when He chooses to take us into eternity.

Brothers and sisters; yearn for righteousness, strive for holiness, live for complete submission to the will of our Holy and Righteous God.

He wants nothing less. He longs to fill us with His purity, His righteousness, and love.

Give Him your heart

The Kingdom of Heaven

In Matthew 3:2, John the Baptist told us, “And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

In this post, we are not going to discuss repentance. Instead, we are going to touch on the subject of the “Kingdom of Heaven.”

According to Paul, the Kingdom of Heaven cannot be seen or understood by our fleshly desires, needs, or ideas.

Rather, God’s imparts unto us His characteristics through grace as we through complete submission become conformed to His image.

He said, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Romans 14:17

Daniel wrote about the coming kingdom in one of his visions,

“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven,

and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:

his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
Daniel 7:13-14

In the Lord’s Prayer, we are commanded to pray for the coming kingdom as citizens of that kingdom while on Earth,

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

Adam Clarke states about our current participation as citizens in God’s kingdom,

“Righteousness, without mixture of sin; peace, without strife or contention; joy, in the Holy Ghost, spiritual joy, without mixture of misery!

And all this, it is possible, by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, to enjoy here below.

How then does heaven itself differ from this state?

It makes the righteousness eternal, the peace eternal, and the joy eternal.

This is the heaven of heavens!

The phrase, kingdom of heaven, ‘malcuth shamayim’, is frequently used by the rabbinical writers,

and always means, the purity of the Divine worship, and the blessedness which a righteous man feels when employed in it.”

So let us pray for and live in His kingdom now as a sanctified and righteous people set apart to His service and glory.

Only by the grace of God poured down upon us is this possible. His grace is transformative as it teaches us how to live right now in His kingdom!

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee” Titus 2:11-15.

Jesus promises His Kingdom to those that obey His commandments, love Him with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love others as themselves.

Let God purify you. Worship Him. Employ yourself in His Heavenly will.

Come, live in His kingdom.

God’s path, His way: the life of holiness

The following are important passages for honest and sincere followers of Christ who wish to enter through that narrow gait and follow Jesus.

If you seek Him as instructed in the gospel, you must surrender everything.

In order to please the Lord, hear His voice, be known by Him, and follow Him, nothing can be held back.

To receive the gift of eternal life as Jesus said in John 10:26-28, the following scriptures are road maps that enable us to understand how to enter into that narrow gait.

I am convinced there is no other way but within the beauty of holiness.

His grace is powerful to guide us to Him and to overcome unto the end.

Oh, what joy awaits those at the end of the road!

We are instructed to lead productive, humble, and simple lives as dedicated servants of The Lord.

We are to work zealously for Him and to seek His glorious coming.

Nothing else matters. If it does, you are already off the path and redirection is in order.

Below are scriptures that God wants applied to our lives.

They are not exhaustive but in my brief study on the word holiness They include promises, instruction, and inspiration.

I hope you find this helpful. Please consider them with prayer, reverence, and fear:

“A highway will be there, a roadway, And it will be called the Highway of Holiness.

The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way, And fools will not wander on it.

No lion will be there, Nor will any vicious beast go up on it;

These will not be found there. But the redeemed will walk there,

And the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion,

With everlasting joy upon their heads.

They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
Isaiah 35:8-10

“That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.”
Luke 1:74-75

“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace?

God forbid.

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey;

whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:

for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity;

even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 6:15-23

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved,

let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,

perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
2 Corinthians 7:11

“If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

that, in reference to your former manner of life,

you lay aside the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Be ye angry, and sin not:

let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

Neither give place to the devil.

Let him that stole steal no more:

but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good,

that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,

but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, by whom ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,

forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:18 – 32

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification;

that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;

that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,

not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;

and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter

because the Lord is the avenger in all these things,

just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.

For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.

So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers,

not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands,

that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works:

in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

Sound speech, that cannot be condemned;

that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters,

and to please them well in all things; not answering again;

Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity;

that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”
Titus 2:1-13

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God;

lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled”
Hebrews 12:14-15

Jesus calls us to love Him with all our heart, all our mind, and all our strength.

If you are not doing this, you are not fulfilling the Law of Christ from which all are called to obey.

The road to Heaven is narrow and few there be that find it.

Most go down a broad path believing they can continue to sin because of God’s grace.

We trample on the gospel when we do such things.

There will be no redemption for willing sinners in the Day of Christ.

Repent, and turn from any and all sin that keeps you from holiness of mind and purity of heart.

No active sinful nature, no uncleanness, no double mindedness, no wickedness can walk this road.

Only the redeemed, truly repentant, and joyful May tread there.

Those that walk this road find everlasting gladness. Sorrow and sin will be no more.

Are you on this road?

Only those who seek his face and search for it like treasures of silver and gold will find it.

The world has nothing to offer but death and sorrow.

Are you on your knees? Are you really one of Jesus’ disciples? Are you truly seeking Him or just want to be a ‘saved’ Christian?

These are questions I have asked of myself and am convinced that God wants oneness of mind in the holiness of God.

He does not want a dirty, stained harlot, a worldly and compromised bride.

He wants a dedicated bride committed to follow Him wherever He leads.

I pray you remain on this road, return to it, or seek to walk it path.

It requires great sacrifice and complete submission. It may separate you from your family and friends who do not walk this path.

What is keeping you off the highway to holiness?

Nothing in your life is that valuable.

If something or someone is, you are on the broad path that the whole world and most of the church is walking.

It leads to emptiness, bitterness, sorrow, and destruction.

Do the scriptures above reflect your life? If they don’t, you need to consider your steps.

God is merciful and wants you dine with Him, to walk with Him, to see His face.

Seek His holiness. He will pull you under His wings, care for you, and eventually take you home.

Take heed lest ye fall: Israelites first, Christians second.


How far can we fall?


Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth

take heed lest he fall.

~ 1 Corinthians 10:12


Can we fall from the promise of heavenly heights to the depths of hell? There is currently no known way which we can measure the expanse between Heaven and Hell.

Take the example from 1 Corinthians, chapter 10. Moses was the mediator of the Israelites. The Israelites with Moses were baptized into the Mosaic covenant. As a result, they were obligated to follow all the precepts of the covenant.

They were obligated to follow all the precepts of the Mosaic covenant and their example was Moses. He was a foreshadow of Jesus, our mediator. We are baptized into Christ and His covenant.

Thus, we are obligated to follow all the precepts of the Gospel. We have our example, which is Christ Jesus. I am afraid nearly all of us have failed at the very first thing we are suppose to do as followers of Christ.

The first thing is genuine repentance. Repent: Μετανοήσατε – Metanoēsate means to change one’s mind, purpose, and ways for the better. To heartily amend and abhor one’s past sins.

In Ezekiel 14:6 the Israelites are told to, Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!

In the Septuagint, the underlying idea is translated sub by epi (apo-)strepho meaning, to turn about, or to turn away from..

So, a genuine repentance is a complete abandonment of both sinful intentions and their accompanying evil deeds. Our motives and conduct is completely reversed as far as a predisposition to sin, loving our neighbor, and loving God.

A good example is Isaiah 1:16-17:

Wash you, make you clean;

put away the evil of your doings

from before mine eyes;

cease to do evil; learn to do well;

seek judgment, relieve the oppressed,

judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.


This is the first step in stopping us from our current free-fall or restoring us to a place pleasing to our LORD.

Take Paul’s example:


 I am verily a man which am a Jew,

born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia

yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel,

and taught according to the perfect manner

of the law of the fathers,

and was zealous toward God,

as ye all are this day.

~ Acts 22:3


Paul killed and tortured hundreds of Christians. Our works as Christians under the influence of sin harm others in much more subtle ways. But the outcome is the same. If we cause our brother to stumble and perish, we have helped kill his eternal soul.

We have already failed if we have not truly, utterly, and completely repented of our sins.

To repent in the Gospel means to turn from ALL sin. Have you turned from all your sin and are you striving never to sin again? I mean never!

The whole of scripture resounds in a chorus exhorting and pleading for us to do so. The following are examples, exhortations, explanations, and the final role sin is to (no longer) have in our life,


Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple,

and said unto him, Behold,

thou art made whole:

sin no more,

lest a worse thing come unto thee.

~ John 5:14

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She said, No man, Lord.

And Jesus said unto her,

Neither do I condemn thee: go,

and sin no more.

~ John 8:11 

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For if we sin wilfully after that we have received

the knowledge of the truth,

there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

~ Hebrews 10:26


We are commanded to repent. It is a holy duty to abandon sin and all of its influence over us. Jesus would not have told us to sin no more unless it were possible.


Knowing this,

that our old man is crucified with him,

that the body of sin might be destroyed,

that henceforth we should not serve sin

~ Romans 6:6

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Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body,

that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

~ Romans 6:12

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For sin shall not have dominion over you:

for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

~ Romans 6:14

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What then? shall we sin,

because we are not under the law,

but under grace?

God forbid.

~ Romans 6:15

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Awake to righteousness,

and sin not;

for some have not the knowledge of God:

I speak this to your shame.

~ 1 Corinthians 15:34

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But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ,

we ourselves also are found sinners,

is therefore Christ the minister of sin?

God forbid.

~ Galatians 2:17

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Them that sin rebuke before all,

that others also may fear.

~ 1 Timothy 5:20


If we profess to be a Christian and willfully choose to live in sin, the fall to perdition is certain. We can begin aright again and cease from our sin with sincere and vigilant repentance.

The following is one of the gospel’s greatest exhorting us faithful obedience. This is how far we are called to go in repentance, avoidance of sin, and it eternal consequences.


Ye have not yet resisted unto blood,

striving against sin.

And ye have forgotten the exhortation

which speaketh unto you as unto children 

~ Hebrews 12:4-5a 


This is a sobering and deadly serious subject not to be taken lightly. We need to take heed.

Heed – βλεπέτω – blepetō – means to see, be observant (watchful). 991 (blépō). To see something physical, with spiritual results (perception), eternal damnation if the heed to live in a state of repentance is ignored.

If we have this perception to understand what can happen beyond the grave, then we can take the needed action, respond, remain alert, and continue to make the right choice(s).


Please read 1 Corinthians 10:1-13. Absorb the context. Heed the warning, memorize verse 13, protect, and keep it close to your heart. Walk in it.

Strive to enter in at the strait gate:

for many, I say unto you,

will seek to enter in,

and shall not be able.

~ Luke 13:24


For wide is the gate that leads to destruction and sin is crouching at its door. Turn your head and heart from it.