Having These Promises
2 Corinthians 7:1 (New King James Version)
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
When Paul says therefore at the beginning of this verse he points to what he has written previously. In the verses previous he wrote that we are temples of the Holy Spirit. That God has said that He will dwell with us and walk with us. He will be our God and we will be His people. He calls us to come out from them and be separate. He will be a Father to us and we shall become His sons and daughters.
These promises God has given us in His word should move us to remove all sin and wickedness from our lives. When we come to Christ we come broken and mired in sin. We are born into sin and before we come to know Jesus we are spending our lives pursuing sin. But when we come to Christ that all changes. Jesus called people to repent for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
Repentance means that we not only have a change of mind concerning sin and wickedness, but we have a change of behavior and action. What we think and believe affects how we live. If we still see sin as pleasurable and not as wrong or wicked, we will continue to live in it and pursue it. But if we see sin for what it truly is, we will run from it and we will run to God.
Paul says let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. If we truly have the fear of God living in our hearts we will desire to honor and glorify Him with all things. We will live lives that are consecrated unto the Lord. We will no longer live for the desires of the sinful nature. We will instead simply live to please and honor Jesus.
Today if there is an area of your life that you know needs to be surrendered, now is the day and hour to lay it down. The return of the Lord is very near. Everyday we move ever closer to His return. Seek to have the Lord examine your heart and whatever He reveals, be obedient to surrender all things to Jesus Christ.
Father I come today and ask you to search my heart. Prune me of anything that is unworthy and unacceptable in your sight. Forgiven me for the areas that I have fallen short and any compromises I have made. Father guard my mind from the lies and deceptions of Satan. Guard my heart and deliver me from every temptation of the enemy. Father I pray that my life would honor and glorify you in all things. May the focus of my life by your kingdom and the glory and honor of your Son. In the name of Jesus, Amen!