Wondering on how to live holy?
To address the above issue, we must understand what it really means to be Holy. To be holy means to be set apart or separate from sin and evil. God is holy— He is completely and entirely separate from darkness (1 John 1:5). God had called us to be Holy, just as He is (1 Peter 1:16, Leviticus 19:2), but it’s vital to understand that outside God, holiness is impossible.
We must have the Holy Spirit indwelling us and filling us with His holiness. Holy life is not obtainable outside the Holy Spirit. The major step to Holy living is to accept Jesus as Savior (Ephesians 1:13).Once we have taken that step of salvation, we are declared righteous (Romans 5:1). But what does it look like to be actually righteous—to live a holy life? In 1Thessalonians 4:3–8, Paul emphasizes sexual purity as part of holy living:
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God”
Apart from sexual immorality, we can live a holy life by being obedient to God in all areas of life (1 Peter 1:14–16). Knowing and obeying God’s Word is key (John 17:17). Hiding God’s Word in our hearts keeps us from sin (Psalm 119:11). When we live in obedience to God, we are staying separate from evil. We are offering our bodies as “living sacrifices” to God (Romans 12:1–2).
Many have asked “why do I need to live Holy?”, I have also asked that question. The purpose of living a holy life is to bring glory to God and showcase His personality to everyone around us (Matthew 5:16). Living a holy life of obedience to God is living in true freedom from the bondage of sin (Romans 6:6).
It’s not always easy to choose obedience to God, especially if we’re trying to do it all on our own. Satan would love nothing more than to bring us back into bondage through disobedience. One of the easiest ways Satan subjects people to himself is by urging them to get holiness on their own! By trusting in self, we are distrusting God. But we have the promise, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
The Holy Spirit has been given to help us live Holy! Practical holiness should not be the result of our actions but the result of what the Holy Spirit is going in us. The Holy Spirit will produce Christlikeness in us, and, as we yield to Him, we can live a holy life (Galatians 5:16).
There is a mindset that leads to Holy living! We ought to go with that mentality:
“Count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11)
. Any time we face temptation, we should declare how dead we are to sin!,
“I am a new creation in Christ!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We must see ourselves as God does—as born-again children of the Most High, clothed with the righteousness of Christ. We are privileged to be part of the body of Christ.
There is so much benefit to communion of saints! Fellowship with other Christians and making ourselves accountable to them is a great source of strength in living a holy life. As Christians, we are called to encourage one another in this matter (Hebrews 10:24–25).
Remember, we are not living holy for us to earn salvation. There is no salvation in holy living! Only the holy can live holy, only the saved can live saved. Living a holy life is a natural outgrowth or fruits of being saved by God’s grace and filled with His Spirit.
It is also very important to note that we don’t give up when we mess up. When we fail, our response should be to confess the sin and keep moving forward in our Christian walk (1 John 1:9). Romans 8:1 says,
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
God’s grace doesn’t go away when we make mistakes. As long as you are, and you still want to remain in Christ, you cannot be condemned!
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for loving me and for calling me to be Holy! I put my absolute trust in you to live Holy in this corrupt world.