The God who Promotes His Holiness (2)
But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. - Obadiah 1:17
Remember, we started looking at two things that are characteristic of Zion. The first one we looked at yesterday was Deliverance, today, we will look at Holiness.
2. There shall be Holiness. The connecting link (intermediary) between deliverance and possession is what we do to retain our deliverance. It means spiritual things can be lost like people lose physical things. The devil will not fold his hands and watch you fulfil your destiny without a challenge. No tyrant will allow you to take what he holds without a fight.
Jesus spoke to the church in Philadelphia that “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man taketh thy crown (Revelation 3:11). So, if your crown could not be lost, Jesus will not have asked the church to hold it, and one of the ways to hold it is through living a life that is not vulnerable to the enemies.
Jesus when teaching about the activities of demons made this statement in Luke 11:24-26; “when the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first”.
God did not create a vacuum in any human spirit; for the Holy Spirit either inhabits it by our permission or the evil spirit step in at will. Like a gentle man, the Holy Spirit requires our invitation to come in, but the devil being a taskmaster does not wait for our permission to step in if we allow him. Whatever is good must be protected. Everything on earth goes towards decadence. People talk of a child who is a year or two years old not two years young. But by action or inaction, men can hasten or delay their journeys to the cemetery.
It is not God that is responsible to keep us holy but our personal obligation. Without Holiness, no one will be able to see God in our lives, and our lives, will draw men quicker than our words.
Prayer: I receive the grace to ever go forward and never backward in my walk of faith with the Lord in Jesus name. Lord, disappoint all deceitful tongues that ever will work against my life in Jesus name
Further Reading: Revelation 3:11-12
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Song of Solomon 1:1-4:16; 2 Corinthians 8:16-24; Psalm 50:1-23; Proverbs 22;22-23