UNMISTAKABLE HOLINESS COMES WHEN …
1. I EMBRACE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HOLY.
Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know You are the Holy One of God.”
John 6:68-69 (NLT)
Prescribed definition of Holy: Set apart for a notable purpose.
Practical definition: Being different than the world and being like Jesus.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people…
1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
2. I EMBRACE THAT I AM CALLED TO BE HOLY.
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do…
1 Peter 1:15 (NIV)
…He destined us ... to share the likeness of his Son.
Romans 8:29a (MP)
Christianity is about being like Jesus, not simply being saved by Jesus.
3. I EMBRACE WHY I AM CALLED TO BE HOLY.
I am called to holiness because God is holy.
…the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:16 (NLT)
I’m called to holiness because be holy to fulfill God’s purpose.
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you.
1 Peter 2:9 (MP)
When I am holy, I bring glory to God, and I bring hope to people.
4. I EMBRACE HOW I CAN BECOME HOLY IN ALL I DO.
I COMMIT TO A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING.
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you …
Romans 12: 2 (NLT)
I think proactively not passively.
Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be sober…
1 Peter 1:13a (RV)
So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear….
1 Peter 1:13 (MP)
In the way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word. For this “milk” will cause you to grow…
1 Peter 2:2
I think positively not pessimistically.
…and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought unto you…
1 Peter 1:13b (RV)
I think eternally not temporally.
… to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1 Peter 1:13c (RV)
For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. As the Scriptures say, "People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever." And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.
1 Peter 1:23-25 (NLT)
Friends, this world is not your home, so don't make yourselves cozy in it. Don't indulge your ego at the expense of your soul.
1 Peter 2:11 (MP)
I COMMIT TO A DIFFERENT WAY OF ACTING.
SO be done with every trace of wickedness and all deceit and insincerity (pretense, hypocrisy) and grudges (envy, jealousy) and slander and evil speaking of every kind.
1 Peter 2:1 (AMP)
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…
Titus 2:11-12 (NIV)
In the past you wasted too much time doing what those who don’t know God like to do. You were living immoral lives, … were always getting drunk, having wild drinking parties, and doing shameful things in your worship of idols. Now those “friends” think it is strange that you no longer join them in all the wild and wasteful things they do…so they say bad things about you.
1 Peter 4:3-4 (ERV)
Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they'll be won over to God's side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.
1 Peter 2:12 (MP)
REMEMBER: A purposeful God calls me to be a purposeful person!