Being able to discern the spiritual seasons we are in is vital for every Believer. If you take a look around, it becomes increasingly evident that we are in the season of Jesus’ return. Natural disasters and other global events are taking place with great frequency and intensity, similar to a woman who is going into labor. As we draw nearer to the return of the Lord, it is imperative that we position ourselves to be “rapture ready.” This means walking in perfect obedience to the Word of God and committing to a lifestyle of holiness, without which no man will see the Lord.
Answering the call to Christ requires a willingness to lay aside the sin in our lives in order to have a thriving relationship with the Lord. Often Christians try to hold on to areas of their lives that they know God wants them to release, because they enjoy the pleasure of sin. However, refusing to get the sin out of our lives blocks the flow of God’s blessing and gives the enemy free reign in our circumstances. We cannot operate in our true authority when we’re in sin, nor can we please God. For this reason, we must make a quality decision to choose to obey God, rather than indulge our flesh.
Matthew 5:8 reads, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Being pure in heart means having an inward spiritual condition, free from the pollution of this world. It is being holy, which means being of one mind with God. Purity is the character of Jesus, and as His disciples, we are to exhibit purity in thought, word, and deed. Holiness is imperative if we want to have uninterrupted fellowship with the Father. Additionally, holiness allows us to be tools, through which His power flows, to impact the lives of others.
So how do we get rid of sin? We do this by embracing sanctification, which is the act of being set apart for God’s purposes. It’s something we must actively pursue in our everyday lives by making choices in line with the Word when faced with temptation. It also involves developing the spiritual disciplines that are necessary to keep ourselves free from sin, such as praying and meditating on God’s Word.
This issue of CHANGE will discuss the rapture of the Church, and how to get sin out of your life so you can be an effective witness for the Lord. You will also enjoy articles on health and fitness, finances, and an insightful article on parenting, by Taffi.
We want you to know what it is like to walk in the blessing of God, and Taffi and I are thrilled that CHANGE Magazine is playing a part in sowing the Word of God in your heart. We pray the articles will strengthen your faith and help you grow in your walk with God. As you remain focused on the Word of God, you will begin to see the Lord move in your life in unprecedented ways. Please continue to send us your testimonies, as they encourage and remind us of God’s unceasing love and favor toward His people.
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