4th And Final Part of Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning pt. 4

I Peter 1:16 NKJV
16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

Psalms 24:3-5 NKJV
3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord ? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord , And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

1. Clean hands
2. Pure heart
3. A soul not lifted to an idol.
4. A mouth that does not speak lies nor deceit.

Holiness is God’s central attribute, the essence of God’s character. Holiness means to be set apart. A thing is holy if it is set apart for God’s use.

Every believer is set apart for the holy use of God.

Righteousness is slightly different from holiness. Righteousness is the idea of conforming to God’s holiness.

If we want to be holy like God, we must conform (do righteous acts) to God’s holiness or His standard.

I Peter 1:15 NKJV
15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,

Idolatry is our worship of something or someone more than our worship of God.

I Peter 1:22 NKJV
22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,

II Peter 2:7-9 NKJV
7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— 9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,

Lot could and should have moved out of Sodom.

I Thessalonians 4:7 NKJV
7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.

1. The Holy Spirit

2. The World

Psalms 119:9-11 NKJV
9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. 10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.

John 17:17 NKJV
17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

Ephesians 5:26-27 NKJV
26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

The same thing can happen with unrighteousness inside of us. We stop pursuing God, His word, and the fullness of the Spirit, and we start slowly returning to our old nature.

I Corinthians 6:11 NKJV
11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

Ephesians 4:27 NKJV
27 nor give place to the devil.

1. Allowing a wrong and unbiblical thought to stay in our minds.
2. Nursing an emotional hurt, and holding grudges and unforgiveness.

Stronghold – a place that has been fortified

A stronghold is a place you now defend.

II Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

I Peter 2:11-12 NKJV
11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

II Timothy 2:21-26 NKJV
21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.


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