Amos – The Last Call To Personal Holiness Part 6: Getting Enabled – The Saturday Morning Post by Pastor Ted Stahl
Good morning. In our quest for personal holiness, we learned to treat everyone the same. We learned to be thankful. We learned we should obey God. In part 4, we learned that we should choose our words wisely. And in part 5, last week, we learned that we should believe God’s truth, and not the devil’s lies: it’s a sin, not an alternate life-style. Today, I want to wrap this series up; but we may re-visit Amos again in the future.
Be ye holy, for I Am holy. God said to do that. If God said to do that, which He did, don’t you think we should do that? You can see that Amos was enabled when He spoke to Amaziah…
“Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land. Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there: But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court. Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel. Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD…” (Amos 7:10-16).
Amos was enabled. We can read this today because he was enabled. 2Peter 1:21 says, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
The one who enables is the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is the Power that God has given us (Acts 1:8). The Holy Ghost is the one who will enable us to be holy. But the choice is still up to you. The Scriptures tell us that we can grieve the Holy Ghost (Eph. 4:30) in doing the things we should not be doing, and we can quench the Holy Ghost (1Thes. 5:19) by not doing the things we should be doing. You have a choice when it comes to sin: you can say no. You have a choice when it comes to obedience: you can say yes. You see if we walk in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Gal. 5:16). We can be holy for God. The choice is yours.
Peace. (Eph. 4:30)