Message given on February 10, 2008
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation
hath appeared to all men,
Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and
worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and
godly, in this present world;
Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious
appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem
us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar
people, zealous of good works.
Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with
all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Now we’re saved by the mercy and grace of God. By His
grace we are saved. We know that. But we see here from
the words of Paul that when He said in Ephesians we are
saved by grace and not by works he also wrote that works
should follow those that believe. “For the grace of God
that brings salvation teaches us that we are to deny
ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly,
righteously and godly in this present world. And when we
do that, we are looking for that blessed hope, and the
glorious appearing of Jesus Christ.
We got to recognize that we need the constant fellowship
with God to get victory over sin. Not just a onetime
experience years ago, 10 or 20 years ago, we need to
speak with and have fellowship with God every day
renewing ourselves in the spirit and the word daily.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them
which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh,
but after the Spirit.
You notice that it doesn’t say that there is therefore
now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus and
stop there. It says….who walk not after the flesh but
after the spirit. Some versions of the bible do not have
the second half of that verse but I'm sure to really be
"in Christ" would mean that we walk in Christ and not in
The spirit gives us life. The flesh gives us no hope. We
cannot overcome the flesh without the spirit that God
gives to us for that purpose when we come to Him for
salvation. This is that living water Jesus spoke about
to the woman at the well in John chapter 4. This comes
in and causes us to overcome sin and it washes us and
makes us clean the moment we start to believe in Jesus
as our savior and accept His forgiveness and His word in
our lives. He gives us a new “want to” in our lives.
When we really learn to love Jesus, we do not want to
sin against Him. Jesus died for our sin. He paid a big
heavy price for us to be saved from sin. He didn't pay
that price and suffer on that cross for us to continue
in sin and stay under the bondage of sin with no way to
escape. He meant for us to be cleansed from sin. He
meant for us to have a new life, turn from sin and turn
to God. Old things pass away and all things become new.
It says that the grace of God that brings salvation has
appeared to all men. This of course, includes women and
children. Grace has appeared to us and that grace
teaches us to deny ungodly lusts and then change….live
soberly, life righteously and godly.
You might think, well, we can’t live godly. That is
exactly what the Holy Spirit is for. To teach us, to
guide us and to comfort us so that Christ lives within
our innermost being and we are never without His
presence in our lives as long as we continue to abide in
Him and do not willingly depart from Him. He will give
us understanding of the scriptures, even the King James
version. This is the complete gospel. We are not saved
by grace so that we can go back into sin. That wouldn’t
make sense. Jesus suffers, dies and hangs on that cross
to pay the price for our sins. We say I can just believe
in Him and then live anyway we want to and let sin come
back into us. To really believe in something is to
partake of and live for that something. This doesn't
mean that we never mess up and even sin but it means we
don't accept that sin and continue in it but immediately
cry out to the Lord and repent. 1 John 1:9 says
that if we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to
forgive us sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Sin that gets dangerous is when we ignore the correction
of the Holy Spirit and continue in the sin never seeing
any need to change. When we love the Lord we will
not want to sin against Him continually.
What did He die for? To free us from sin, because sin
cannot enter heaven. One day the earth is going to be
burned up and all the bad with it. All the sin and all
the evil is going to be burned up. If sin is still
within us and we are lost without Christ, we will burn
up with it. I’m not talking about every fault, weakness
and mistake we make in the flesh. Abraham and Sarah
messed up plenty of times but they were still right with
God. I’m talking about sin that is clearly sin against
God’s word where the word is clear this sin leads to
destruction and we continue in it without repenting or
turning back away from it.
Jesus came to take that away so that we can live in a
place without sin, without sickness without sorrow.
Disagreeing with what modesty is or disagreeing on
manmade traditions are not sin unless we allow ourselves
to become full of hate and bitterness because of it.
The hate and the bitterness can lead to real sin a whole
lot faster than not always doing what men think is right
by tradition. Willful disobedient to God is sin not
disobedient to someone's opinion. Sin is in the
heart, not in how we look or how we worship on the
outside. Sin is transgression of the law or having
the attitude that we don't care what God thinks we are
going to live how we want. Of course anyone who
really thinks in those terms is not abiding in Christ
and probably have not been genuinely saved to begin
We are to be changed. Old things are supposed to pass
away and all things become new but this is done by the
spirit. As soon as we come to Christ we are cleansed and
forgiven but some things take time to learn. The
attitude in our hearts though is now, "What can I do to
serve God so I can grow in grace and in the knowledge of
the Lord?" A man doesn't marry a new bride and then
ignore her and live how he wants to. We start
living for God and not for ourselves after we come to
I’m not talking about dress codes. I’m not talking about
long hair or short hair. I’m talking about the spirit of
God coming within us and we start living for God because
we love Him. Every time we study the word, we are
cleansed a little more. The word is a cleansing agent.
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as
Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Here is what Christ did for the church:
Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it
with the washing of water by the word,
Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious
church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing;
but that it should be holy and without blemish.
This is another work of the Holy Spirit. Bringing this
word to our remembrance to make us remember what Jesus
died for. When we read the word, study the word as a
church, and at home alone, its reminding us that we were
cleansed from sin. If we stop reading the word and
praying and seeking His fellowship, we may forget that
we have been cleansed from our sins causing us to go
right back into it.
1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in
the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the
blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
This is an ongoing process. As we have fellowship. Every
time we gather together, every time we study the word of
God, the blood of Jesus is still cleansing us. Every
time we hear this word, the word cleanses and that
living water is always flowing in and out cleansing us
but if we walk away, we get away from the word, we get
away from prayer, the old world, the devil brings that
old stuff we were saved from, right back in. Its all the
spirit, we need the Holy Spirit. To be renewed
constantly in the Holy Spirit freely given to all who
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes
were far off are made blood by the blood of Christ.
We can see from 1 John 1: 7 that I read a while ago that
the blood of Jesus cleanses from sin as we walk in the
light having fellowship with one another. It all works
together. We need each other church. We need the
We cannot expect the blood of Jesus to cover our sins if
we remain in open sin and do not repent. Repentance is
very important. John the Baptist taught repentance.
Jesus taught repentance. Peter taught repentance. Paul
taught repentance. Every one of them. John, the apostle
John. Even in the Old Testament repentance is all
Repentance, what does it mean? Not just to be sorry for
sin but to turn from it. To change one's mind, to go
toward Jesus to go the other way. This is the living
water that Jesus talked about to the woman that she
could have and never thirst again because it would flow
in her and deliver her from sin. We can have it too.
It’s ours for the taking. Not just a one time event
years ago. We are actually baptized by the Holy Spirit.
That is not a onetime event either. We can be filled
with the spirit over and over again. Every time the
disciples came together to pray, they were filled with
joy and with the Holy Spirit. They were renewed
refreshed and prepared to face the world around them as
they spread the gospel to others and also when they
gather with believers to teach, exhort and edify one
Jesus warns the church the very first church in the book
of Revelation. He said to them that “You do good, you
have sound doctrine, you make sure you don’t have false
teachers in your midst, you hate the deeds of the
Nicolaitanes but…you have one thing lacking…You have
left your first love. You don’t love Jesus like you did
at the beginning. You notice when somebody is first
saved, how they love Jesus, how they talk about Jesus.
How Jesus is their life. This church were still doing
all the things they should, they were still teaching the
word but that love was missing.
If you do not love God with all your heart and all your
soul, you cannot love your neighbor as yourself. If you
do it will be an idolatrous kind of love or something
not right. You have to love God first. You have to love
Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Then
and only then can you love your neighbor as yourself
properly, the right way. They is why believer's meetings
and being refreshed in the spirit and the word are
important. The title of this message is "Holy
Living". We can't be holy by our own strength or
giving up what we think is wrong on our own power.
This has to come as we are strengthen in the word and in
the spirit as we continue to do in our walk with Christ.
Revelation 7:13 And one of the elders answered,
saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in
white robes? and whence came they?
Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he
said to me, These are they which came out of great
tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them
white in the blood of the Lamb.
Rev 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that
sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
Rev 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any
more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
Rev 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the
throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living
fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears
from their eyes.
These verses show us that people had to die because they
believed in Jesus Christ. But look they had to come the
same way as those who do not go through tribulation.
They had to be washed in the blood of Jesus for their
sins. They were persecuted. These are the tribulation
saints. They are going to stand before God. They stood
and chose Jesus Christ even though it meant that they
would be killed. In the end, God wiped away all their
tears and led them to the fountains of living water. No
one can ever harm them again.
Jesus came over 2000 years ago. He came in the flesh, He
became a man. He had to do that because someone had to
come and become a man but yet not sin so that when He
died, He died not deserving to die. The law of God says
the soul that sins, It shall die. Death comes because of
sin. So Jesus had to come and live as a man but be
perfect. He could not sin in one point. God came in the
flesh. God loved us so much that He came in the flesh.
When Jesus rose from the dead and went back to heaven,
He sent the Holy Spirit. That again is God coming in the
flesh. The Holy Spirit comes into us and that is God
coming in the flesh just like Jesus came in person, the
Holy Spirit can come to each and every individual. That
is such a beautiful wonderful gift of God. We should
never take it lightly. We should seek to be filled with
the spirit because a big price was paid that each of us
could have part of God. Just imagine. We’ve got God in
us. That living water. Hallelujah….and its only the
We’ve got to pray for our country or it may not be a
country much longer. I don’t know whose going to be our
next president. It doesn’t make any difference. We are
in trouble. We need to pray, we need to hear from God,
we need to pray and seek God. Maybe we can turn this
thing around. You know what…its not going to be the
president. I don’t care if it’s a Republican or a
Democrat, a conservative or a liberal or an independent.
They’re not going to turn this country around. The
church can. God’s people are the only ones that can do
it if we pray and call upon His Holy name.
When we start to compromise sin it affects all those
that live around us. I’ve seen Christian families live
in a neighborhood and when they move out, the
neighborhood goes to pot. Our presence, if were full of
the Holy Ghost and full of God and stay that way, we
don’t let the old devil rob us of it, we will influence
our neighborhoods and be a light to them.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to
write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful
for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should
earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered
unto the saints.
We need to contend for this. We need to fight for it.
Keeping the original gospel pure from the pollution of
men is an ongoing fight. Its been an ongoing fight since
the death of the apostles because people add to it or
take away from it. They add to it by saying your saved
by being baptized as a baby or by doing this ritual or
sacrament and you’re not repenting of sin and you’re
life’s not changing Some think you’re saved by doing
this act or that act, building hospitals or doing good
deeds. Those things are good but you’re not saved by
feeding the poor as good as that is.
Your saved by the blood of Jesus when you turn from sin
and turn to Him (Jesus). You can also take away from the
gospel. The book of Jude really warns us against that.
We can take away from the gospel by quoting that we are
saved by grace and not works and then live any way we
want to and 20 years from now we are back into sin and
the same mess. That’s taking away from it.
Jesus warned in Matthew 7:
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but
he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord,
have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have
cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew
you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Mat 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of
mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man,
which built his house upon a rock:
I used to love this song as a kid.
Mat 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods
came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and
it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock.
That rock being Jesus Christ the solid foundation. That
rock being the word of God which does not change,
Mat 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings
of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a
foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Mat 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came,
and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it
fell: and great was the fall of it.
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in
unawares, who were before of old ordained to this
condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God
into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and
our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is what’s happened today. We’re living in the
church of the Laodiceans because men have turned the
grace of God into lasciviousness. They’ve cheapened it.
“You can do anything you want and still be saved as long
as you mentally believe that a man died for sins 2000
years ago.” No changed life.
They're preaching the prosperity doctrine that God wants
you to be rich. They will even go so far to say, “Don’t
support a poor church because God is not blessing it.”
Its money, money, money. I was grieved to turn on the
television one time and heard them in the telethon
wanting to raise money to spread the gospel but you
know…..I didn’t hear any gospel. What gospel are they
spreading? That is why Jude says to contend for the
original gospel that will save the soul. All this new
feel good motivational speaking will not save one soul,
it will not bring conviction of sin and it will not
change one life.
Some crept into the church and turned the grace of God
into something else. It doesn’t matter what it is. It
could be something good but we need the old fashioned
gospel that tells us to repent, turn away from your
sins. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ but believe on
Him to the point that you’re going to believe what He
said. You’re going to believe His word, you’re going to
let Him change your life. You’re going to say, I’m sick
of sin, I’m tired of sin. I want all you have for me
Lord. I want everything you’ve got. I need it and I want
to give this to someone else. We don’t want to keep it
My dad used to call this sinning Christians or easy
believism. So we can add to the word, cover it up and
teach everything else so people will not even hear the
gospel or we can take away from the gospel and make it
some cheap thing.
Jesus died. He bled and He died and suffered to give us
something good. To give us His best and its only the
When we start compromising the gospel, first of all, we
will start denying God's right to correct how we live.
We start questioning the word of God. Maybe that don’t
mean that. Taking this word out. That’s not for us
today. Then they will begin deny Jesus Christ and say
there are other ways of salvation through other
We can see this pattern in the country we live in. We
started out as a country that feared God. Most people
that started this country were bible believing people
that feared God. But later they got away. They got away
Then they start teaching….well we’ve got to get along
with everybody so maybe there is other ways to be saved
other than Jesus Christ. Maybe other religions? I’ve
never seen any other religion that beats this one. Other
religions kill each other if they don’t believe. Then
they begin to deny God’s right to tell them what to do.
Then in comes abortion and all other things that we know
is wrong. Then they go so far that evolution comes in
and they begin to deny God Himself.
It always starts when we start to deny God’s right to
cause us to walk in holiness.
In Jude 1:20, it shows us how we can avoid returning to
sin, once we are saved by the grace of God. This is how
we keep from turning that grace into lasciviousness.
Jud 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves
on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Jud 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for
the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Jude in verses 20 tells us how to avoid returning to
sin. Build ourselves up in the faith praying in the Holy
Ghost. Pray in tongues if you have received tongues.
Pray in your own native language if you like but pray
fervently and never stop praying in the spirit. He says
in verse 21 to keep yourselves in the love of God. Don’t
let Satan rob you of that love and bring in a root of
We’re living in a country where people fight for their
rights. Fight for your right. You don’t have to hate.
You don’t have to get angry enough to let that root of
bitterness come into your heart. You have to fight for
this because the devil will make you mad when you’re
driving in traffic and somebody does something stupid.
The devil will try to make you mad at your neighbor, a
family member…anything to get a root of bitterness in
your own family and when you go to church, you’re mad.
The spirit of God can’t move because you are sitting
there mad. But, you know what…fight for your right. I
have a right to love my neighbor as myself. Jesus don’t
make commandments and then not give us the ability to
keep them. I have a right to love people. Its my right
in Jesus. He said to love one another as I have loved
Jesus said, "By this shall all men know that you are my
disciples if you love one another. When people come in
here and see us loving one another they are going to
know that we are different than people they work with,
go to school with …we’ve got to be different. Its not a
begrudging thing we have to earn, it’s something we can
have from God. God the Holy Spirit. We’ve got to hunger
and thirst after Him and He gives us all we need.
It says in …
2Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked
together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath
righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion
hath light with darkness?
2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or
what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with
idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God
hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I
their God, and they shall be my people.
Isn’t that wonderful? God wants to be our God and He
wants us to be His people.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and
be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the
unclean thing; and I will receive you.
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be
my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
2Co 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved,
let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the
flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of
The teaching of holiness is not taught anymore but you
know what? That doesn’t make it null and void. The last
time I looked, holiness it is still in the bible. And
again, I’m not talking about ear rings. I’m not talking
about dress codes. I’m talking about that which comes
from the Holy Spirit and causes us to love our neighbor,
love our church, love that lost sinner next door, that
drug addict, that alcoholic that needs Jesus so bad
because they’re bound and cannot get free by themselves.
God uses us, we’re His vessels. He can send an angel
down here but He chose the church. He said, this is your
job. We have to love them first. You can’t witness to
somebody on your own…God has to put that love in your
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may
prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God.
The Holy Spirit will rip the world right out of your
heart. He will rip the world right out and replace it
with something better. God has something better than the
stuff we think we want.
Hebrew 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and
holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Heb 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the
grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up
trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
That root of bitterness again. The devil wants to spoil
us. He wants to ruin that holiness…That relationship we
have with God. It is so precious and so holy.
God has something good for us.
1Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath
not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the
heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for
them that love him.
God is preparing great things to all those that love Him
in eternity but, we don’t have to wait. We can have all
God wants us to have today. We can have the fullness of
His spirit. We don’t have to hate our neighbors. We
don’t have to walk in darkness. We don’t have to be
overcome by a besetting sin…we can overcome. God’s
provided everything by His spirit. We have to ask, we
have to seek for all He has for us.