(By Bert Farias) If the title got your attention, then you’ve made it to the first line. But I can hear some people’s thoughts turning. “I’m already holy. He’s made me holy by His blood. You can’t be holy by your own efforts. It’s all by grace.” Blah, blah, blah … This mentality is the chief reason the charismatic movement has been weak in character. Please stay with me. This is a necessary practical word in season for many of us. As the coming of the Lord draws nearer, we will need this word all the more.

Many of the references in the New Testament to the coming of the Lord include admonitions to holiness and sanctification, using words for the believer such as “without spot” and “blameless.” Here’s one: “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23). Here are a few others: 1 Thessalonians 3:13; Ephesians 5:27; 1 Peter 3:14. READ MORE