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The Holy Walk

by Philip C Jones

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord" (Matthew 37:23a).

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God has called Christians to live a holy life that glorifies Him. “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).You are a spirit, you have a soul and you live in a body. As a Christian, your spirit is perfect and holy, born of God. However, your soul (mind, will and emotions) is not perfect and holy because it has not been made new like your spirit. Your soul is still motivated by sinful desires, strongholds of the mind.

Your soul must be renewed and made holy by a special process called sanctification. Sanctification means being made holy. That is to be your goal, to sanctify your soul, making it conform to God’s highest standard of conduct, holiness. With God’s help, you will use five powerful weapons to tear down the sin producing strongholds of the mind: God’s Word, baptism of power and fire, praying in tongues, worship and sowing and reaping. We’ll start with God’s Word.

Weapon #1 - God’s Word

The Word of God is like a giant divine wrecking ball that can destroy any destructive stronghold of the mind. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrew 4:12).

To release the power in God’s Word to attack and defeat the unholy strongholds in your mind, the Word must become rhema. I will explain. Rhema is a Greek word which means “the spoken Word of God” and is filled with faith and power that produces results. Example: Jesus spoke one rhema word to Peter, “Come.” And just on that one faith filled word, Peter walked on the water. Logos is a Greek word that means “the written Word of God.” It has power, but not the instant dynamic power of the rhema Word.

The logos will become a rhema word when you spend enough time meditating it. Meditation of the Word of God is simply taking a scripture and thinking on it, muttering it, speaking it, declaring it, visualizing it until it becomes real in your heart. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Revelation and He is the one who will breath life on the logos and cause it to become the rhema.

So, this is what you do. I have seven scripture based declarations below that you will daily think on, mutter, speak, declare and visualize (seeing yourself living a holy life, victorious over sin). I suggest spending at least a half hour a day doing this. The more time you give to this, the quicker the results.

Scripture Based Declarations

Speak and Meditate These Scripture Declarations until You Believe Them in Your Heart

1. I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:11).

2. My old sinful man was crucified with Christ so I am no longer controlled and dominated by the sin nature (Romans 6:6).

3. It is impossible for me to sin because my old sinful man died on the cross with Christ and he that is dead is free from sin (Romans 6:7).

4. I reckon myself dead to all sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ my Lord. Praise God, I am dead to sin but alive onto God (Romans 6:11)!

5. Because I am dead to sin, sin no longer has dominion over me (Romans 6:11,14).

6. I am a new creature in Christ and old things are passed away and all things have become new,therefore I no longer sin, but walk in holiness (2 Corinthians 5:17).

7. I am born of incorruptible seed by the word of God, therefore I am holy and I cannot sin (1 Peter 1:23).

8. God has forgiven me of all my sins and has cleansed me of all unrighteousness with His (1 John 1:9).

On January 9, 1885 Samuel Logan Brengle was able to believe with no doubt in his heart that 1 John 1:9 was true in him. He believed and knew that the blood of Jesus Christ cleansed him of all unrighteousness. No longer was he a slave to pride, a quick temper, selfish ambition, impure thoughts, deceitfulness, selfishness, doubt, unbelief and unholiness. Meditate on 1 John 1:9 until it becomes a revelation to you, that you have been cleansed of all unrighteousness by the blood of Jesus Christ. God promises you in Romans 6:14 that sin will not have dominion over you. Praise God!

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

Weapon #2 - Baptism of Power and Fire

One day the Lord began to show me there was more to the Christian walk than just receiving the Holy Ghost and speaking in tongues. He reminded me that in Acts 1:8 we were to receive “power after that the Holy Ghost” would come upon us. I had the Holy Ghost and tongues, but I was missing the power. He also brought to my attention that John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:11 the Lord Jesus Christ would baptize us in “the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” I was not only missing the power, but the fire as well. He showed me that every Christian, including myself, needed the power and fire of the Holy Ghost.

Whether you are a teacher, student, real estate broker, professional athlete or in the ministry full time, God wants you living and walking in such power, fire and love that wherever you are, your presence is making a difference in people's lives because of the Christ in you, the Hope of Glory. You are to bring healing, deliverance and salvation to people wherever God leads. But you might say, "Is that scriptural? Isn't that only for those in full time ministry?" No. "But is it really for everybody that's a Christian?" Oh yes. Are you saved? Did you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Are you a believer? Then you qualify:

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:17-18).

To have a greater understanding of the importance of living in the power and fire of the Holy Ghost, go to Power and Fire.

Weapon #3 - Praying in Tongues

The Holy Spirit is our Helper and He can intercede for you when you spend time privately praying in tongues. You see, when you pray in tongues He prays through you to God concerning any harmful and sinful things in your life. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we
should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).

Spend at least a half hour praying in tongues everyday. The more time you spend praying in tongues, the better. Don’t believe in speaking and praying in tongues? Read Acts 2:4 and Jude 20-21. Never been filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues? Ask God the Father in Jesus’ name to fill you with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Ask in faith and then let ‘er rip.

Weapon #4 - Worshipping God Daily in Spirit and Truth

Worshipping God daily in spirit and truth will bring about a manifestation of God’s presence in your life that will help produce in you the sanctified life and will draw you closer to Him. He is seeking those that will worship Him on a daily basis. “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (John 4:23). The more time you spend doing this, the better.

Set aside a time each day and begin thanking the Lord Jesus Christ for what He has done for you through His death and resurrection. Thank Him for your salvation. Thank Him for redeeming you from sin, sickness, disease, poverty and the second death which is the lake of fire. Thank Him that you are blessed with faithful Abraham because you have put your faith in Christ and the Gospel. Then begin praising Him for who He is. Praise Him for His glory, power, love, wisdom, knowledge, peace, joy, honor, riches, blessing and holiness.

Finally, begin to worship Him, telling Him how much you love Him. Telling Him how awesome and glorious He is. Tell Him you magnify Him. You glorify Him. Be in awe of His holiness. If you have never worshipped God like this before, start out with just a few minutes of thanksgiving and praise. Then spend fifteen minutes worshipping Him. Eventually you will want to stretch your worship time to a half hour or more. What happens in this sanctifying process? God begins to manifest His presence and you are changed on the inside which will eventually manifest outwardly from you. “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you” ( James 4:8a).

Weapon #5 - Sowing and Reaping

There is great power in a financial seed sown in faith. Your tithe (10% of your income) takes care of the operating expenses of your local church. God honors your tithe seed planted and gives you a harvest of fulfilling the operating expenses of your home. Your offering is anything above your tithe. This is what you do to get a harvest of freedom from sin. Name your offering seed “freedom from sin to live a holy life.” Sow that financial seed into good soil and expect to receive your harvest.

Good soil is a ministry that is winning souls for God and it is prospering financially because it believes and operates in God’s dynamic financial system of sowing and reaping. Your own local church might be good soil if they are winning souls to Christ and believe and operate in God’s superior financial system of sowing and reaping. Your offering does not take the place of your tithe, so make sure you sow both your tithes and offerings or you will be robbing God according to Malachi 3:8.

There are a number of ministries I will recommend for you to sow your offering seed: Ever Increasing Word Ministries, Jesse Duplantis Ministries, Bill Winston Ministries and Kenneth Copeland Ministries. These are all good soils for your seed sown and will produce harvests if you sow in faith consistently. "Consistently" means you are a consistent sower of your tithes and offerings. It is not a "one shot" thing.

Would you like to know more about how to sow and reap for harvests? Besides sowing seed for victory over sin, you can sow seed for healing, financial breakthroughs, peace, joy, wisdom, weight loss, power to heal the sick and raise the dead or anything you desire that is in line with God's Word. I have a site that explains in detail how to sow your seed and reap a harvest. Click on Name Your Seed here if interested.

Final Thoughts

Whether you are a student in school, a stay-at-home mom, a doctor or a professional golfer, it doesn't matter who or what you are, as Christians we have all been called to be disciples of Jesus Christ. That means living a holy life, always about our Father's business: Always ready to share Jesus Christ with those God brings across our path. "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:17-18).

Important Warning!

God warns Christians to stop sinning or they can lose their salvation, forever separated from God. Unforgiveness, lying, unbelief, hate (same as murder) and a slew of other unrepentant sins mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21 can cause you to forfeit your place in heaven. Oh, remember what happened to the grumbling and complaining Jews in the wilderness with Moses? They all died and could not go into the Promise Land. So please stop grumbling and complaining. Is an unrepentant sin worth spending eternity in the lake of fire? Turn from sin now and live holy. But what if you slip and fall and make a sinful mistake? God has the answer:

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

But your goal should be to never sin again. With God's grace you can live free from sin or Jesus would never have said in Matthew 19:26, "With God all things are possible."

Well, there you have it. Daily meditate God’s Word, be baptized in Holy Ghost power and fire, daily pray in tongues, daily worship God in spirit and in truth and consistently name your seed sown in good soil to reap a harvest of holy living. Do this faithfully and your bondage to sin will be over and your life of holiness will become a reality, opening the door for Christ to live through you reaching a lost and dying world.

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Your Freedom from Sin Declaration

Important Declare this slowly, real slowly and declare it with a smile and conviction. It should take you about fifteen to twenty minutes to repeat it a number of times. Do it each day.

I am constantly filled with explosive expectancy and the faith of Christ that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. God the Father has delivered me from the power of darkness and has translated me into the kingdom of His dear Son. Therefore it is impossible for me to sin because he that is dead is freed from sin. For my old man is crucified with Him so my body of sin has been defeated and made inoperative, therefore I do not serve sin. I am no longer a slave to sin. I reckon myself to be dead to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ my Lord. I am now a slave to righteousness. Praise God, I’m free from all sin!

Scriptures used: Romans 8:2; Colossians 1:13; Romans 6:7; Romans 6:6; Romans 6:11; Romans 6:18.

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Want Mountain Moving Faith?

The Lord gave the following words to a Christian to speak out loud. The Lord encouraged the Christian to declare these words often until they became a reality in his heart. And of course the more time you spend declaring these powerful words,the quicker the results.

"There is no lack of faith with me. If I were to come to the end of my faith, then the Father gives me the very faith of Christ and it is impossible for me not to believe."

Books on Holiness

Holiness by J. C. Ryle. A classic. "J C Ryle (1816-1900) was the first Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, England. Thoroughly Evangelical in his doctrine and uncompromising principles, Ryle was a prolific writer, vigorous preacher and faithful pastor."

They Found the Secret by V. Raymond Edman(Author). 'The exchanged life.' Hudson Taylor first used the term to describe what it means to know Christ as our sufficiency in all things. Taylor is but one of the many Christian luminaries who have discovered Christ as the secret to abundant living. John Bunyan, Andrew Murray, Amy Carmichael, Oswald Chambers, Charles Finney-behind the varied lives and personalities of these and other men and women lies a common theme, a pattern that leads from desperation to the abundant life Jesus promised. From their stories, we too can find the path to deeper faith and a more vital relationship with God. In They Found the Secret, Raymond Edman presents the lives of twenty well-known and little-known Christians. 'The details of their experience of the crisis of the deeper life are delightfully different,' Edman writes, 'yet their testimony to the reality of the joy and power of the Spirit-filled life is unanimous . . . It is [the Lord] who satisfies the longing soul. He is the secret of the exchanged life!'

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