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Ministries I think one of the most

challenging things that we do is to be

holy and yet not be

legalistic to live a life of freedom but

not a life of Sin calling that

freedom I do what I do because I’ve seen

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thank you for joining me today on

Enjoying Everyday Life today I’m going

to be teaching on Holiness actually I’m

going to teach on that for today and

then the next two days little different

tomorrow I’m going to teach on how

important truth is and I think Holiness

is something that we need to talk more

about because God does call us to live

holy lives and it’s not something that

we hear hear from our pulpits as much as

I think we need to hear from it

because people

really kind of makes them a little

nervous you know Holiness is not

legalism and I want to make sure that I

make that clear because a lot of people

who think about Holiness or they try to

live a holy life they think that means

that they have to be perfect and they

can’t do anything and they can’t have

fun so let’s be real open-minded and by

the grace of God get into this and learn

some things that are going to help us

live a life that is more pleasing to God

and represents him well what is Holiness

well Holiness defined in vines’s Greek

dictionary is the state that’s

predetermined by God for believers now

when something is predetermined that

doesn’t mean it’s automatically going to

happen it means God has already already

decided that that’s what he wants for us

and he’s made it possible for us to have

it but we have to do our part It’s a

state in which in Grace he calls us and

in which we begin our Christian course

and so pursue it now the word pursue is

very important it means growing towards

Perfection we think about Holiness and

we think that means we have to be

perfect but really means growing always

having an attitude of pursuing and

striving far Holiness as long as we’re

in these fleshly bodies we’re never

going to manifest 100% Perfection you

say well then what’s the point in going

after something that I know that I’m

never going to have because God expects

us to be pursuing it and always making

progress you may not have 100% arrived

when Jesus comes back to get us but but

he wants to find us pressing toward it

that needs to be our goal we need to

realize that the call on our life is to

be transformed into the image of Jesus

Christ well I don’t know about you but

I’ve got a little ways to go so I need

to keep pursuing that and pressing

toward it the Holy Spirit the holy

spirit is the main agent in Holiness and

he is the one who works with us toward

this goal actually You Are Holy when

you’re born again if you’ve received

Christ as your savior when the Holy

Spirit comes to live in your spirit are

the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit

because they’re all one if one’s there

they’re all there but when the Holy

Spirit comes to live in your spirit he

has to make everything holy because God

cannot be anywhere that’s not holy so we

have all these Wonder ful things in us

that need to be worked out of us they

need to be worked into our soul and then

into our actions where they can affect

other people and make them hungry for

God in their lives now I just want to

say right up front that being a

Christian a real Christian is about a

lot more than just going to church every


lot of people you’ll ask them are you a

Christian well I go to church well I say

this all the time but I’ll say it again

today because it’s a little funny I can

go sit in a garage my whole life and

that’ll never make me a car so just

sitting in church does not mean that

you’re a Christian there’s a lot of

people that go to church because they

grew up going to church or it’s a habit

or they may even do it for social

reasons but we should go to church to


to fellowship with other people to be

accountable to other people to have a

place from which we can be involved in

serving God and doing things that will

help the kingdom of God

grow Holiness is not legalism I want to

make sure that I make that clear I think

one of the most challenging things that

we do is to be holy and yet not be

legalistic to live a life of freedom but

not a life of Sin calling that

freedom to live a holy life does not

mean that we have no

fun never go to parties you got to

remember that Jesus’s first miracle was

done at a wedding party so he’s

obviously not against parties it’s just

that you can have uh a very

unclean sinful party or or you can have

a good fun Godly holy party and that

doesn’t mean that you have to be praying

during the whole party it just means

that you don’t do things that you know

God wouldn’t approve of being holy

doesn’t mean that you can’t see movies

that you can’t play cards or you not Dan

or you can’t dance it has nothing to do

with cutting your hair wearing jewelry

or makeup we’re not Unholy if we change

our hair

color wear colorful

clothes Pierce our ears or get

BOTOX contrary to many people’s beliefs

and I know some of you will fall off

your chair when I say this we are not

Unholy if we get a

tattoo religious people like oh they

have a tattoo they must be this that or

something else you cannot judge a

person’s heart by what they wear or what

color their hair is or whether they have

a tattoo or not

or get BOTOX we need to stop judging

other people by outward appearance

because God sees the heart do you know

that the Bible says that God has a

picture of us tattooed on the palm of

his hands imagine

that some people have tattooed on them

in the Old Testament it says this in

Isaiah 44:5 they have tattooed on their

hands I belong to the

Lord one will say Isaiah 44:5 I am the

Lord’s another will call himself by the

name of Jacob and another will bright

will write even brand or tattoo upon his

hand I am the Lords well you know last

year the ripe old age of 79 I had

tattooed on my left shoulder in the back

I belong to

Jesus and I did it really just just I

think to kind of prove to religious

people that you can be holy and have a

tattoo besides that I wanted anybody

that saw my shoulder to know that I

belong to the Lord now not too many

people see my shoulder but there are a

few times when they

do Hebrews 12:14 now this is a

interesting scripture one that we don’t

probably use very much because it’s says

something that is a little bit scary and

we don’t like to scare people but this

is important Hebrews

12:14 strive which means put out an

effort to live in peace and

pursue which means chase after go after

with all your heart that Consecration


Holiness here it comes without which no

one will ever see the

Lord oh you say now wait a minute

Joyce I’m born again I’m going to go to


well you know

just saying a sinner’s

prayer doesn’t necessarily mean that

you’re going to go to heaven there’s a

life that God expects us to live and

we’re not saved by our

works but if we’re truly saved we are

going to want to live holy lives that

are pleasing to God let me say that

again we’re not saved by our works the

Bible says plainly in Ephesians that

it’s not by our works there’s no work

that we can do that will save us we’re

saved by the

grace and mercy of God but if we’re

truly saved and I say truly saved

because I think a lot of people think

just because they pray a prayer and

repent of their sins one time that that

means that they’re all okay now and they

go to church every Sunday but they live

like the rest of the world all the rest

of the time and I take responsibility

for that as a teacher we are the ones

that need to tell people

that your initial commitment to Christ

is the very basic beginning of your walk

with him but from then on you need to

grow and pursue Holiness and I didn’t

say it Paul said it recorded in Hebrews

without which no one will ever see the

Lord that doesn’t mean I have to be

perfect it just means that I need to be

pursuing constantly walking in the will

of God and doing what I believe he would

want me to do it’s obvious from these

words that we must make an effort in the

power of the Holy Spirit not a human

fleshly effort but an effort in the

power of the Holy Spirit and I said the

holy spirit is the main agent in

sanctification because we cannot do it

without the power of the Holy Spirit we

all need to be filled with the Holy

Spirit are baptized in the Holy Spirit

are endued with power from on high

whatever you want to call it we can’t

live the life that God wants us to live

unless we are filled with the Holy

Spirit and that’s something that I pray

every day because we not only need to be

filled once we need to be filled and

refilled and refreshed and refueled and

so every morning when I pray I ask God

fill me full of the holy spirit so I can

do your will today if you don’t pray

that way I want to encourage you to

start praying that God will fill you

with the Holy Spirit the Bible says that

Jesus John said one will come after me

he said I baptize you in water but one

will come after me who will baptize you

with the Holy Ghost and with fire and we

need that Holy Ghost baptism and that

Spirit of fire in our

lives now what about this without which

no one will ever see the lord well we

should take this

seriously and

examine whether we are just merely going

to church or truly pursuing the life

that God called us to live and I can say

that for many years although I do

believe I was born


I I loved

God but I didn’t love him with my whole

heart and I had made a commitment to him

but I had not committed my whole life to

him I didn’t live my life pursuing God

and always wanting my behavior to change

and come up higher and higher and higher

if you want to know the truth I went to

church on a regular basis for many many

years even worked on the evangelism team

of our church I was even on the board of

our church and I do believe that I would

have gone to heaven if I would have died

because I did love the Lord and I was

making some effort but I would have

probably still been in kindergarten when

I got there because I was making rather

a pitiful effort I didn’t understand

what I’m telling you today and a lot of

people don’t understand and we can’t be

responsible for what we don’t know but

once we do know then we do become

responsible for it so if you’re watching

this program today you better be ready

to start getting more serious with God

because after today you’re going to

know and when we know to do right and

don’t do it then it becomes

sin we need to examine whether we’re

merely going to

church or truly pursuing the life that

God has called us to

live can you tell a difference between

you and the unsaved people that you work

with can you tell a difference between

you and your unsaved neighbors or do you

do all the same things they do except

you just go to church once a week and

think that makes it

okay here’s a statement I want you to

get we are not merely called to


we are called to

Holiness let me say it again we’re not

merely called to

happiness we’re called to Holiness and

don’t let that scare you as I said that

doesn’t mean you can’t do anything it

just means that you need to do what you

do the right way you can go to the

movies but you shouldn’t go to movies

that are full of filthy things you need

to go to ones that you would go to Jesus

Jesus with because you take him with you

everywhere that you go we shouldn’t be

doing things that he doesn’t approve

of once again Holiness is not

legalism but it will require wise

choices and what we do and how we dress

where we go what we listen to what we

watch on

television and what kind of movies we go

to how we talk how we think

what we say how we talk about other

people are you living your life far God

daily pursuing Holiness and the will of

God always wanting to do what he wants

you to do now the holy spirit is in us

for many reasons he’s our teacher our

guide he helps us pray we don’t know how

to pray but one of the things he does is

he convicts us of

sin makes us a little uncomfortable if

we’re doing something we shouldn’t be

doing we have a

conscience and we should not do things

that our conscience

condemns you know I like to watch

television in the evenings I like to

disconnect and I particularly like

Mysteries I like something I can get

kind of lost in and you know be

wondering what the end is going to be

even like I’ve been watching the these

Health shows about people that have

these mysterious illnesses that nobody

can figure out what they are and even

something like that it just intrigues me

and I learn something at the same time

well you know if I’m watching a movie

and I am very interested in this


and all of a sudden there’s something in

it that I

know is not

right people start taking taking their

clothes off

they’re jumping in bed together every

few minutes there’s a lot of filthy

language in

it I don’t need somebody to come and

tell me you need to turn that off the

Holy Spirit lets me know by just making

me little bit uncomfortable I’m just I

know and you know you know right from

wrong unless

your heart has gotten

hard and your conscience has gotten

hardened to where you really can’t H

right from wrong then you know what’s

right and you know what’s

wrong and you have a free will the holy

spirit is in us to let us know when

we’re going in the wrong direction but

God will never make us do the right

thing he always gives us free

choice what am I really trying to talk

about today I’m really wanting to talk

to people that are just kind of living a


lukewarm Christian

Life going to church thinking that’s all

you need but really

not pursuing God you haven’t really

surrendered your whole life to God

you’ve given him enough of yourself to

hopefully stay out of hell but not

enough to really be a witness for him

and someone that he can really be proud

of I want God to be proud of me and I

want to hear what he said to Jesus this

is my beloved one in my case daughter in

whom I am well pleased and I believe

most of you want that if you love God

then you’re going to want to please him

in all that you do and thankfully when

we fail which is pretty much daily we

can repent tell God we’re sorry Jesus

already died for all of our sins the

forgiveness is there all we need to do

is repent and receive that

forgiveness a Ephesians 51

15-17 says look carefully how you walk

live purposefully and worthily and

accurately not as the unwise and the

witless but as wise sensible intelligent

people are you being careful how you

live or are you just doing what you feel

like doing make the very most of your

time buying up each opportunity because

the days are evil we are living in very

evil times

and we need to take every opportunity

that we

can to affect the lives of those that

don’t know Christ yet and one of the

best ways we can do that is by

living a Christian Life a real Christian

Life in front of them not being

religious and legalistic but just being

like Jesus

loving humble

kind Meek making right

choices therefore don’t be vague and

Thoughtless and foolish but understand

and firmly grasp what the will of the

Lord is

now there’s a very interesting scripture

in the book of

Hagi and I I love to use this scripture

it only reads this exact way in the

classic Amplified Bible but it basically

says Holiness is not contagious but

unholiness is or you might look at it

like this you know I can catch the flu

from somebody but I have to choose

Health you can’t catch Health that’s

something you have to choose and you

have to live your life in a certain way

you need to keep your hands clean and

you know stay away from certain things

take care of yourself Eat Right be

healthy Hagi 211 thus says the Lord of

hosts ask now the the priest to decide


question if one carries in the skirt of

His Garment flesh that is Holy because

it has been offered in sacrifice to God

back then they offered meat in sacrifice

to God and then that meat became holy

well when the sacrifices were over they

would carry it away in the skirt of

their garments and portions of it would

go to the priest and you know they take

it home and eat it and use it and with

this his skirt or the flaps of His

Garment he touches bread or pottage or

wine or oil or any kind of food does

what he touch touches become dedicated

to God’s service

exclusively and the people answered no

Holiness is not infectuous you can’t be

infected with Holiness you have to


it then said Hagi if one who is


unclean because he has come in contact

with a dead body should touch any of

these articles of food shall it be

ceremonially unclean and the priest

answered it shall be unclean because

unholiness is infectuous so get that you

can’t be infected with Holiness but you

can be

infected with

unholiness well that gives me good

understanding for why Paul told us how

important it is that we spend time with

the right kind of people and that we

don’t spend time with the wrong kind of

people let me ask you a question who do

you spend your time with do you spend

your time with people that are pursuing

Holiness people who have the character

of God in their life or do you spend

your time with people that are not

living for God thinking that it won’t

affect you it will affect you you can be

infected with their wrong

Behavior if you’re around somebody that

has good behavior that will affect you

too but you’ll still have to choose it

Paul said don’t associate closely with

those who are sexually impure greedy a

thief or a person with a foul

tongue 1 Corinthians 5 6- 11 gives us

good understanding on

this and I I’m not reading the whole

entire thing but Paul said I wrote you

in my letter not to associate with


immature immoral people with sexually

immoral people not at all meaning the

people of this world who are immoral or

greedy or swindlers or idolators because

in that case you would have to get out

of the world all together so he’s saying

if you try to stay away from every

worldly person that is not living a

Godly life you’d have to just get out of

the world because you can’t avoid them

all but he Saidi writing to you that you

must not

associate with anyone who claims to be a

brother or a sister in Christ but is

sexually immoral or greedy or an

idolator or a slanderer just a slanderer

he’s saying don’t spend a lot of time

with somebody who gossips about other

people well how many Christians do that

they now I remember when we used to go

to church on Sunday and then a bunch of

us would go out to breakfast and we

would gossip about the pastor and

everything we didn’t like about his

sermon that day and everything we didn’t

like about him well we weren’t pursuing

Holiness we weren’t living a Godly life

we were acting no different than

unbelievers but I’ll tell you one thing

once I got really serious about

God and this is where the dividing line

is and we’re going to continue this

tomorrow but once I I got serious in my

walk with

God I I couldn’t do that kind of stuff

anymore without being really

uncomfortable I’d been filled with the

Holy Spirit and he was in me I

mean tearing me up inside make I would

be miserable inside if I tried to do

those kind of things now today we’re

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