God is calling His people in these days to live clean and live free. To raise our standards. Although we are positionally righteous through Christ’s atoning death, we also need to walk in practical holiness in our daily lives. This includes purity in our thinking, being careful in our speech, guarding our eyes, taking every thought captive in submission to Christ.
There is a level of confidence, authority and deep joy that comes from living a holy life. On the other hand, continuous and wilful sin brings insecurity, passivity and fear of man. Purity attracts the anointing and favor of God. Sin repels it. Sin is always seeking to drag us down and make us less than we are. It steals, kills and destroys. It is cancer to the soul. It is toxic to your heart. It poisons relationships. Therefore kill sin or sin will destroy you.
God wants us to have clear consciences so that we can be as bold as lions who live as overcomers in every area of life. Grace is not a license to sin - grace is an empowerment to say ‘yes’ to righteousness. Be holy as He is holy.
1 Peter 1:15-16
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
“The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope---the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship.”
”It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
“...after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”