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Summary: The Spiritual Endowment + Conclusion

A. Live a Holy life

I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise. 2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life--when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. 3 I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. 4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil. 5 Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure. 6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me. 7 No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. 8 Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the LORD.” (Ps 101:1-8 NIV)

“Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Heb 12:14-15 NIV)

Personal holiness is important to our relationship with God. When something or someone is "holy" they are set apart for God's usage. Old Testament law does not allow us to mix "holy" items with common items or with sin. Therefore, to be holy before God means to be set aside for Him, to be under His control and not under the control of sin. We are not perfected yet, so we may live in holiness and occasionally stumble or fall into a sin. That is when the blood of Jesus covers us and washes us clean. But in general we choose to intentionally live for God and behave in accordance with His way of doing things. Our motivation is to be close to God and pleasing to Him, to be His servants and to be set aside for His plans and purposes.

When we choose to live for ourselves instead of living for God, we are not walking in holiness.

Even if we don't do any of what the Bible explicitly calls a sin (lust, fornication, stealing, lying, etc) we are still not walking in holiness because our goals and motives are not to please and serve God, to be set aside for His plans and purposes. When we are self-serving, we are not serving God. We must choose to pursue His agenda instead of our own.

B. Pray the Gethsemane prayer

42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. (Luke 22:42-44 NIV)

C. Carry YOUR Cross Daily

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” (Matt 16:24-26 NIV)

The message of the Cross will always offend the lost because it is only through Jesus, and His shed blood, that a person can enter heaven, and it will offend the "Born-Again Christian" because it demands holiness ... crucifying the flesh ... putting the old nature to death by esteeming others more highly than ourselves, and bowing our knee in humility and obedience before the mighty and majestic creator God of the universe.

“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil 3:10-11 NIV)

“You can die without the anointing, but you have to die to receive the anointing.”

D. Develop a Insatiable Hunger and Thirst for God

God is trying to get our attention, “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters and you who have no money, come, buy and eat.” (Isa 55:1)

You who are thirsty come to the waters and buy, but not with gold and silver. God is saying to the church “you have to be thirsty. If you're not thirsty, you're not going to come to get a drink.

How do you get this anointing to increase in your life? You get thirsty and come to the waters and purchase the anointing, not with money but with your life.

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