Part 6

(Colossians 3:1-2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

(1 Corinthians 10:23) all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

God wants us to receive the very mind and character of Christ in our souls and lives. Use of alcohol and drugs, sexual impurity, immodest clothing, tattoos, compromising relationships, coarse language and violent or unclean entertainment are examples of things we allow but which are inconsistent with God’s will for His people. They are things of this earth of which we would be ashamed of in God’s presence. While fasting, we will be praying for greater conviction of, as well as the power to deny ourselves these sorts of things to be a separated people, consecrated for God’s purposes. Brothers and sisters, let us grow in holiness.

Finish, then, Thy new creation;

Pure and spotless let us be.

Let us see Thy great salvation

Perfectly restored in Thee;

Changed from glory into glory,

Till in heaven we take our place,

Till we cast our crowns before Thee,

Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

(Charles Wesley)