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Do you know why so many people's prayers fail to be answered? It's not because God doesn't do His part. It's because the people had no confidence when they went before God in prayer.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord (Heb. 12:14).

Holiness is living unto God. Unlike the world's way of living, holiness isn't easy. You can't just coast along doing what everybody else is doing and be holy. It takes determination. It takes effort. It takes submitting yourself to God when, naturally speaking, you might want to do something else.

But the rewards are tremendous.

Hebrews says that without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. Does that mean if you're holy, you will see Him? Yes!

Jesus Himself said, "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him" (John 14:21).

In other words, if you live the way I'm talking about right now - doing things that are pleasing to God - Jesus will reveal Himself to you. He can become so real to you through the Word, that it will be as if He's standing right in front of you. You can be closer to Him than you are to your best friend.

That, in itself, would be reason enough to live a holy lifestyle. But the Bible promises even more rewards!

According to 1 John 5:18, the devil can't touch you. Can you imagine what life would be like if the devil couldn't touch you? Well, that's the way God wants your life to be. He wants you so free that Satan can't hurt you in any way.

First John 3:21-22 says that if our hearts condemn us not, then we have confidence before God. Do you know why so many people's prayers fail to be answered? It's not because God doesn't do His part. It's because the people had no confidence when they went before God in prayer. They couldn't ask in faith because their hearts condemned them.

Deep inside, you know whether or not you're giving God top priority—whether or not you're living a holy lifestyle. Make a decision today to be holy. Make a decision to live unto God. The rewards will be rich.

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Gloria Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God's WORD to their lives.

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