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

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