Bishop T.D. Jakes on holiness and righteousness
I’m not a sure what it would have been like to have been raised in the church, instead from worldliness and sin. Sometimes I envy those who have been able to live victoriously all of their lives. But most of us have not had that kind of experience.
There are those who define holiness as what one tear or eats. For years churches displayed the name holiness because they were monitoring a person’s outward appearance. They weren’t truly looking at the character on the inside. Often they got sidetracked by how much makeup or jewelry someone wore while thousands of people were destroying themselves with drugs and prostitution.
The church is a hospital for wounded souls. The staff in a hospital understands that people get sick and need a place to recover. Many of those in Scripture were sick, unholy. The Bible never camouflages the weakness of the people God used. He used David. He used Abraham. Sometimes people break the boundaries, go out of control, and need to be readmitted to the hospital for treatment.
The fact is, we were all born in sin and shaped in iniquity. We have no true badge of righteousness that we can wear on the outside. God concluded that all are in sin so. He needed to save us from ourselves (see Galatians 3:22). It wasn’t the act of sin, but the state of sin, that brought us into condemnation.
A church that focuses on the externals has lost its passion for souls. When you go into that kind of church, it is possible to walk away feeling like a second – class citizen. Or you may try to be super-spiritual in order to compensate for an embarrassing past. You can’t earn deliverance. You have to receive it by faith. Christ is the only righteousness God will accept.
No one person needs any one more of the blood of Jesus than anyone else. Jesus died once for all (see Romans6:10). Each person must come to Him individually. When you come to Him, He will raise you up by the blood of Christ _ not because you’ve done good things.
There is a sanctuary of spirit that comes through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. It cleans up the innermost part of your being. Once you get cleaned up in your spirit, it will be reflected in your character and conduct. You can’t like Mary, the mother of Jesus, and dress like Mary Magdalene did before she met the master. The spirit of the Lord will give you boundaries and teach you how to be holy.
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