Defenders of holiness
Holiness is the nature of God and as such, He expects His children to be holy in all ramifications. Unfortunately, this original nature of man (holiness) was prematurely thwarted by Adam. He threw the whole earth into desolation and mourning. The whole earth was put in disarray. The earth’s glory departed, as man was stripped naked. This was the state of man before Christ came to save him from the quagmire of wretchedness.
Man became an object of ridicule and shame. He became poor and destitute. The glory at the Garden of Eden departed. But Jesus Christ came to restore the losses to man. He concluded the process at the Calvary. This brought about holiness to man. This great price must not be toyed with. Having returned to this Garden of Eden that the enemy took from man, we must protect it by all means. Man has been restored to his former state of liberty from the devil’s onslaught. Today, the power of curses is destroyed; man has regained his lost glory.
This is the reason why believers must earnestly contend for the faith delivered unto the saints. Holiness must not be exchanged with anything. Nothing will be allowed to replace it in our lives. It is time to move to maturity in holiness and righteousness. It is time to prove to those preachers, who tell their congregation that it is not possible to live in holiness that they are wrong. As Christians, we must strive to safeguard this holiness if possible, with our blood. To take the gospel around the world, there must be holiness of life and it must be defended by all means.
A Christian’s pursuit should always be holiness; it is the utmost priority. When holiness is sought and gotten, every other thing, including deliverance, becomes a right. There is no longer any struggle for anything that patterns to this life and godliness. Those who have come to Kingdom Power for any other purpose other than holiness may be in a wrong place. This Kingdom treasures holiness more than anything life can offer. Any day a believer loses holiness, he has fallen like Lucifer. The contest for holiness involves severe fight. It is not a physical fight, but a fight against unrighteousness, sin, false preachers, worldliness, etc. This is a good fight of faith. It is a lifetime fight that will end after we have left this world. It is a continuous fight that has no end. We must confront the haters of God with purity, righteousness and holiness.
Paul was a good example of an Apostle who fought a good fight in defence of holiness. He defended it with his life. He never gave chance to destroyers of the truth. He withstood them to their face. He fought to prevent immorality in the church of Christ; he fought to build the lives of the brethren in the church in holiness. Paul also fought against fornication to the extent that he recommended to the church at Corinth that such person should be delivered to the devil for the destruction of the flesh. It is in fight that righteousness is protected in the church. It is in fight that sanctity of marriage is preserved. We must fight to return godliness to the youth world. The devil uses the youth to propagate all forms of evil in the world today. We must fight to rescue the women from worldliness. We must fight to sustain the fire of holiness in the church. We must fight to protect the fire of holiness and purity in Kingdom Power. We must fight to preserve the reunion with our Maker. We must fight until the last enemy of the church that promotes unrighteousness is taken out of the way.
Revival cannot be sustained in any church, if there is no deliberate and decisive fight against sin and unholiness. Adam lost everything because of sin. This is why the church must strive to fight whatever will stand on the way of holiness. Resist the devil and refuse his entreaties to commit sin. We must not allow holiness to be destroyed in our time. Stand to defend this holiness that has been restored back to man. Do not exchange holiness with anything in life.
For further reading: Mat. 4:13; John 1:4; Gen. 2:15; Eph. 2:1; Gal. 3:13; 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:5; 1 Thess. 2:9; 1 Cor. 7:1-5; 5:1-5; Romans 7:1-3; 2:15-17; James 4:5; Numbers 14:21; Hab. 2:14; 1 Kings 18:40; James 4:7.
The holiness being canvassed in this discourse is not holiness in poverty. It is not holiness with defeat. This is predicated on the fact that holiness is victory personified. Holiness attracts good things in life because it is the life of Christ. Everything about Christ as a holy Father is glory and beauty. Holiness goes with awesome light. Holiness is honour; holiness is glory; in fact holiness is the life of Christ on earth.
As a believer, stand to defend holiness by all means. Endeavour to live a holy life. For further reading: Mat. 4:13; John 1:4; Gen. 2:15; Eph. 2:1; Gal. 3:13; 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:5; 1 Thess. 2:9; 1 Cor. 7:1-5; 5:1-5; Romans 7:1-3; 2:15-17; James 4:5; Numbers 14:21; Hab. 2:14; 1 Kings 18:40; James 4:7.
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