Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Striving for Holiness

1.  Because it’s God’s will for you. (1 Thes. 4:3)
2.  Because it’s God’s command. (1 Thes. 4:7)
3.  Because it fits the nature of your God, who is holy. (1 Pet 1:15-17)
4.  Because of God’s impartial judgment. (1 Pet 1:17)
5.  Because it reflects honor to him. (1 Cor 6:30 and 10:31)
6.  Because you were ransomed by the blood of Christ from the futile ways that you inherited from your forefathers. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
7.  Because those peoples who don’t know God live in passion of lust, not in holiness. (1 Thes 4:5)
8.  Because God’s Spirit is the Holy Spirit. (1 Thes 4:8)
9.  Because God has given you the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38)
10. Because of the deceitfulness of sin. (Heb 3:13)
11. Because of the wiles of the devil. (Eph 6:1)
12. Because of the eternal rewards of the righteous. (Prov 4:18; Matt 13:43-49; 1 Cor 9:24-25; 1 Pet 1:3-5)
13. Because of the temporary nature of sensual pleasures. (Heb 11:25)
14. Because of the freedom of walking in the truth. (John 8:32)
15. Because of the evil days you live in. (Eph 5:15-16)
16. Because you died to sin. (Rom 6:1)
17. Because you’re no longer a slave to sin. (Rom 6:5-7)
18. Because the wages of sin is death. (Rom 6:23)
19. Because you’ve been told to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph 4:24)
20. Because presenting your body as a living sacrifice is appropriate spiritual worship. (Rom 12:1-2)
21. Because holiness produces more holiness. (Rom 6:16)
22. Because your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 6:19)
23. Because you belong to God, not to yourself. (1 Cor 6:20)
24. Because it’s right and honorable. (1 Thes 4:4)
25. Because if you disregard it, you’re disregarding God. (1 Thes 4:8)
26. Because the Lord is an avenger of those who are wronged. (1 Thes 4:6)
27. Because the apostles’ lives demonstrate that it’s possible. (1 Thes 2:10)
28. Because joy is a fruit of being filled with the Holy Spirit. (1 Thes 1:6; Gal 5:22)
29. Because you’ve been taught that you must be holy. (Eph 4:20; 1 Thes 4:1)
30. Because Jesus prayed for you to have it. (John 17:17-19)
31. Because it leads to unity in the church. (John 17:21)
32. Because it’s the aim of the apostle Paul’s teaching (1 Tim 1:5)
33. Because without holiness, no one will see the Lord. (Heb 12:14)

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