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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #204, CT 309253
I PETER SERIES, PT. VII
"Holy Talk, or A Holy Walk?"
(I Peter 1:13-17)
Therefore, gird your minds for action,
keep sober in spirit, fix your hope
completely on the grace to be brought to
you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
As obedient children, do not be conformed
to the former lusts which were yours in
but like the Holy One who called you, be
holy yourselves also in all your
because it is written. "YOU SHALL BE
HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY."
And if you address as Father the One who
impartially judges according to each
man's work, conduct yourselves in fear
during the time of your stay upon
Jerry Bridges wrote a book called, The Pursuit of Holiness, which is
excellent. In the opening chapter he describes a beautiful quiet time
he has just had with God. He lives in Colorado and it is a beautiful,
crisp, clear morning, and then about 8:30 a.m. the phone rings. On the
line is the most arrogant, brash, angry, impossible obnoxious person
you could imagine. It was one of those people God seems to sprinkle on
the earth to keep us humble, he says.
Within five minutes, he said, that man had him so seething with anger,
so upset that he had forgotten how to be holy. After his prayer and
quiet time, just two hours before, sin seemed to have no more dominion
over him, and yet that man on the phone caused feelings of anger and
bitterness to rise right up to the top. He said he wondered why God
would allow that to happen, and how we can lose our holiness so fast.
I think all of us have had those kinds of experiences. So, when it
comes to holiness, it is not just some kind of look we get when we come
to church. Folks can look awfully holy in church, you know, but it's
how holy we act. We have to go to God's Word for help in order to live
a holy life ...
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