Summary: If we make our own definition of hoiliness, then holiness will have a hole in it. God defines holiness and we must fall in line with His Word.
The hole in Holiness
Romans chapter 8:1-11
Last week we looked at Gideon. We saw from the Scriptures that God had a plan.
A plan for each one of us.
That each one of us is called to some capacity in the kingdom of God.
This morning I want to look at how that is possible.
How can God use us for His glory and by what power are we able to do that.
Romans chapter 8:1-11
“There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Because through Jesus Christ He has set us free! (That should get an Amen!)
By saying Amen, you are saying that is the truth, or so be it Lord!
So I say it again- there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus- because through Jesus Christ He has set us free.
Memorial Day is a day we honor all the great men and women who have protected and served our great country. The ones who have taught us and showed us that freedom is not free, it cost someone something.
Christ has set us free or at least is willing to set us free, but it has cost Him dearly to do that for each one of us.
Let’s put that in perspective this morning-
No condemnation for those who are in Christ.
Condemnation comes from Satan. It is the beating down of us in our minds for things we have done in the past. Even the things we have asked God for forgiveness for. We never seem to get a release from God because we are not able to forgive ourselves.
Even though God has forgiven us. That does not come from God.
Conviction on the other hand is from God. It is the state of showing an error, God compelling us to right a wrong. A strong persuasion of truth, leading us back into a right relationship with God.
One pushes us away from God.
One draws us toward God.
We have believers today that the devil has consistently beat them up for things in their past. Things that God said were under the blood of Christ. They are forgiven. They need to move forward in the grace of God and love of God.
We also have believers that have been convicted by the Holy Spirit, compelling them to right a wrong, compelling them to draw back to God. They need to heed the conviction and restore the relationship with the Lord.
You see- there is a hole in most people’s holiness.
We have become too comfortable and at peace with worldliness. Too much at ease with sin in our lives and we form our own holiness.
I am not holy because I don’t smoke or drink, because I don’t use swear words. It is not based on what I do or don’t do. It is based on what Jesus Christ has done for me and through me that makes me holy.
Jesus is a complete savior. Amen!
He does not only take away the guilt of my sins.
He does more! He breaks the power of sin.
We give little thought and effort to do what Christ saved us to do.
Be Holy as He is holy, and live our lives like the Spirit of God is directing us.
We will fully embrace the freedom we want in Christ, but we do not pursue Christ-like virtues.
We downplay the Scriptures that tell us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling- because “it is not by works that we are saved”.