Rules for Holy Living

Today we will look at some verses from the Colossians, chapter 3.

1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

5Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

6For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

7In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

8But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

I want to talk about being sexually clean here. Holiness is being set apart for God. Holiness is a spiritual state. We know we have the flesh(the body) and the spirit(that relates to God). Flesh wills against the spirit and vice versa. Well, I don’t know why in fact God allowed us to fight this battle.
Lust means excessive greed. Here this is immoral desire. A man without control is very much a city without walls. Very dangerous.
In the new covenant, we are to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh.

(1) GUARD YOUR THOUGHTS: verse 1-4 talks about this. Where should we keep our minds? Think on these things: …. Our mind should be on Christ. Be aware of your new birth and that you are a new creature. Dead bodies do not grow. While living bodies grow.

(2) UNDERSTAND IMMORALITY: while there is morality, there can be immorality. Think about sexual immorality. We believe God designed sex and it is for Good. Is it immoral by itself? the answer is No. When you see the word ‘sexual immorality’, evidently there is something called ‘sexual morality’. The new testament says that the morality is well within the boundaries of marriage. Anything the world tells against this is immorality.
When children are disobedient, God is not pleased with them. He gets angry against them. Wrath is still a powerful word. verse 8 says, now is your time to put off these things.

12Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

14And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

(3) FORGIVE OTHERS: verse 13 says, forgive others as Christ forgave you. Christ forgave us not because we justified our sins or not because of our Works. Christ forgave us when we were sinful, disobedient, rebellious and so on. In Psalm it says, Do not go to bed when you are in anger. Pray, forgive and never hold any bitterness or strife. Love is the key to forgiveness.

(4) HAVE THE PEACE OF GOD: In verse 15, God says “Let my peace rule over you”. Initially those short lived pleasures of the world will appear peaceful, its true for a short time. Claim, Ask and Cry out to God for His peace to rule over you. There is no other way!

(5) BE RICH IN HIS WORD: Most of the time we are rich in the World, but God calls us to be rich in His Word. Word of God can transform and renew your mind. Its pure and its the only Standard for us. It can help you not to stray. People fall where there is no admonishing. Even as you are reading this, you are being helped out of your trap.

(6) SING SPIRITUAL SONGS: verse 16 says ‘psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord’. People do ask is it right to listen to secular songs? Truly, I hate the word ‘secular’. There can be only one of these two: Spiritual songs or Fleshy songs. One gives life while the other is death. One heals while the other poisons. You can always choose one among this two. v17, gives the key – Always be Christ-minded. You are not your own. You are bought with a price by Christ for Christ.

23And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

24Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

25But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

(7) WAIT FOR HIS REWARD: God always rewards the faithful. v25, warns us. Unlike men, with God there is no favoritism. Expect your reward from God. Wait and hope. You may not be rewarded on this earth or the sooner you desire it. Again do it for God.


Holy holy are You Lord
The whole earth is filled with Your glory
Let the nations rise to give
Honour and praise to Your name

Let Your face shine on us
And the world will know You live

All the heavens shout Your praise
Beautiful is our God
The universe will sing
Hallelujah to You our King

Holy holy are You Lord
The whole earth is filled with Your glory
Let the nations rise to give
Honour and praise to Your name

Let Your face shine on us
And the world will know You live

All the heavens shout Your praise
Beautiful is our God
The universe will sing
Hallelujah to You our King

Hallelujah to You our King
Hallelujah to You our King
Hallelujah to You our King

Samuel.

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