Be Ye Holy by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
I Peter 1:15-16

If you have your Bibles turn with me to I Peter 1:15
and 16. We're thinking about being holy men and women
before God. In I Peter 1:15 and 16 the Lord's Word
says, "But as He which hath called you is holy, so be
ye holy in all manner of conversation; (life) Because
it is written, (and he repeated a commandment He gave
His people Israel as written in the Old Testament) Be
ye holy; for I (the Lord thy God) am holy." (Leviticus
11:44) I am convinced, after 61 years of ministry,
that the great problem facing us today in our
inability to reach people as we should, is the fact of
sin. I do not believe that we can look at all that we
see on television, and read what we're reading in
magazines and everywhere else, without being defiled
by sin. Sin is darting at us constantly. I believe
with all my soul that we're not realizing, as people
of God, how much the sin within us and around is
killing the power of God in our lives, and that God is
speaking to us as never before, to be holy men and

I was traveling to Altamonte Springs the other day for
a revival meeting and a man sat beside me on the
plane. I began to talk to him about the things of God.
We had a conversation until we arrived at Altamonte
Springs. At the very close of our conversation he
said, "What do you think about these television
evangelists?" Now I don't like to bring that up, I
don't even like to mention it. But the fact is, we
Christians, we preachers are under surveillance. The
world is watching our behavior. Unsaved people judge
what God is by the behavior of those who are His
people. That's exactly the meaning of this, "in all
manner of conversation, (that is in every area of your
life) "Be ye holy." In your behavior, as they see your
actions and hear your speech be holy because people
are watching you. They don't see our thoughts, our
inner being, but they do see our outer acts and hear
the words we speak. So the Lord said, "Be ye holy in
all manner of conversation; (life) Because it is
written, (in the Old Testament Scriptures and God is
saying to us in the New Testament) Be ye holy: for I
(the Lord thy God) am holy. "

"The Danger of Backsliding"

The first danger we have is backsliding from God. When
we're born again, we begin to walk with God. It's so
easy in an evil world to backslide from God. In
Proverbs 14:14, God says, "The backslider in heart
shall be filled with his own ways." Now notice He's
talking about backsliding IN HEART. He's not talking
about that which we can see. The big danger is
drifting from God in heart, inside, in mind and in


Now He's talking about those who have drifted far from
God and whose backsliding came into the open. You know
Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation.
Noah walked with God and God saved him from the
judgment of the flood. But after th ...

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