God’s place is holiness. 1“His foundation is in the holy mountains.” Jerusalem is God’s holy city. It is where 1“the gates of Zion” dwell. It is where God’s beloved people came from. But as believers in Christ, we are not left out of His kingdom. We are adopted in as children of God as we put our faith and trust in Jesus. 4“Ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” We are now welcomed into His holy presence. Where the Lord dwells, there we can be also. We indeed cry out in praise and honor to the King of Glory, who saves. We were lost but have been found. We were blind but can see. Though we don’t deserve it, God grafts us into His fold, if we allow Him. The key is, allow! Many of us have lived such awful and wicked lives. If the law enforcement would have ever found out about some of the things we have done, we’d be punished, for sure. Even God punishes the unrepentant sinner that dies in their sins. However, God is so gracious to all that submit to Him. 2His mercy and forgiveness is for everyone that calls upon His Name and repents of their sins.
Know this that God does not live in wicked people or places. He is holy, and if you desire to be in His presence, you ought to also live for Him. If you have come to know God, then you will know that He takes us out of our sinful nature and into His righteous path. The Lord breaks every chain of addition. We aren’t left living a life of sin while He is with us. This is blasphemy to God’s Word to think that God allows us to sin. If any person says that they can be saved by faith, while living a life of sin, is only fooling themselves and others. This is a lie from Satan that we can just believe and be saved. Paul taught that 3“he that is dead is freed from sin.” What do we die from? It is our sinful nature that we put aside for Christ. 4“If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Many have been called and 5“received Christ Jesus the Lord.” This has jump started their new walk in Christ. After accepting Jesus into their life, His works begin to show their fruits within them. Walk this day with Christ and He will usher You into His holiness. What a great God we serve.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, Your ways are so good. Your desires are greater than all things. What dwells within You is holiness. As You walk blameless, we ought to also walk. I am grateful for Your presence. You strengthen me and help me to walk apart from the world. When I am with You, my life is better. I am able to think straight. My heart is not on earthly possessions or pleasures of this world but on how to serve You, my King. Instead of squandering away my time in unnecessary things, it is filled with ways to show love towards others. Lord, You delight my soul. I am grateful for this new life You’ve given me. I was once lost but You found me. You took me from darkness and into Your light. The day I put my trust in You, You answered my call. Thank You for being there for me when I needed You most. You are a great God, who saves. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Psalm 87 (KJV)
1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.
5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
6 The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.
2Isaiah 55:6-9 (KJV)
6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
3Romans 6:1-8 (KJV)
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
4Romans 8:13-17 (KJV)
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
5Colossians 2:6-14 (KJV)
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;