GOODINESS IS A SACRIFICE TO PAY
In every glorious and good thing, there must be a sacrifice to pay for it, be it little or big. That is, for every prize, there is a price for it. Godliness is a special price which has been paid for by Jesus to give you GRACE. But, you need to pay a little price to maintain the grace that is upon you. Romans 6:1-2 “What shall we say (to all this)? Are we to remain in sin in order that God’s grace (favor and mercy) may multiply and overflow? Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer”? Now Jesus has paid the sacrifice of your old sins. But He wants you not to live in sin any longer. His grace is upon you now, to resist the act of committing sin, and he will flew from you. You are no longer to remain in sin from this day hence fort, because His mercy and favor has been multiplied upon you. Beloved, godliness is a sin-free-life, which is a sacrifice you must pay from today in other to please God and to be like Him.
Leviticus 11:44 “For I am the Lord your God; so consecrate yourself and be holy, for I AM HOLY; neither defile yourselves with any manner of thing that multiplies in large numbers or swarms”. God said, He is holy, and you ought to be holy too. For you to live a holy life will make for your easy open heavens. The scripture says that the eyes of the Lord will not behold any unholy thing. Therefore, for you not to live a holy life will be a blockage to your encounter with God. Sin is a hindrance for God to see you. So try and keep holiness and see if our Holy Lord will not cause good things to multiply in your way now. Try and pay the sacrifice, it is too little compared to what will come out of it. Mathew 5:48 “You therefore must be perfect (growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity), as your heavenly Father is perfect”. Indeed godliness is a needful sacrifice needed to be paid by all. As God is perfect, He wants us to be perfect like Him. That is why Genesis 1:26 “And God said, let Us (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness - -”. From this you can know that God created you to be like Him and not to diminish in any form or standard. This sacrifice of godliness and perfection is what will qualify you as God have assured us in; 1John 4:17 “In this (union and communion with Him) love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment (with assurance and boldness to face Him), BECAUSE AS HE IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD”. As God rules and reigns in heaven, so you should in this world; if only you can pay the little sacrifice. God wants you to be in control of everything He has created, if only you will obey Him. John 14:15 “If you (really) love me, you will keep (obey) my commands”. The commands of God are for you to be holy and perfect as He is a Holy and a Perfect God. When you are able to do this, you will see the promises of the scripture flowing your way. John 14:14 “(Yes) I will grant (I, Myself will do for you) whatever you shall ask in My Name (as presenting all that I AM)”. You can see the assurance of the blessing to the obedient. Now the price to be paid and the prize to be won, can you compare them? NO! Beloved, be you holy! God is waiting to bless you.
The answers are there in the scripture. None the less, some of the unholy practices are in- Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the doings (practices) of the flesh are clear (obvious); they are immorality, impurity, indecency, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, (ill temper), selfishness, divisions, (dissensions), party spirit, (factions, sects with particular opinions, heresies), envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you before-hand, just as I did previously, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God”. (Also read, Romans 1:29-31). Beloved, these are insights to the unholy practices of man against God. These acts defiles a man from his relationship with God. These are also ways satan use to reap man off his blessings, and as well as reaping him off from inheriting the kingdom of God. I believe that now you have come to know some of these things, you will decide to pay the price by resisting them. Beloved, this price of holiness has an immeasurable and unquantifiable prize that follows it. And some of the holy practices and their prizes are these as stated:
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the (Holy) Spirit (the work which His presence accomplishes) is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law (that can bring a charge)”. As you practice these things, there will be no law that can bring a charge against you. And in return you will receive these blessings back to you and many more from God as your prizes as well. Beloved, you need to practice holiness and make it your way of life so as to please God. When you please God, He will make all His Power, Authority and Dominion be effective in you and through you. There is much to gain than to loose in this sacrifice. Philippians 4:8-9 “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemingly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and loveable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things (fix your mind on them). Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you”. If God be with you, who can be against you? No one! Therefore, as you have heard the word, obey it. Remember 1Timothy 4:8, “But physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come”. Godliness is profitable unto all things.
As you pay this sacrifice of godliness, God will take charge of all your affairs and all the nations shall call you blessed and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen.
Remain blessed in your thirst for godly living.(All scriptures, AMPLIFIED Bible).
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