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The Trifecta Of Holiness


"Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that after I have preached to others, I will not be disqualified" (1 Cor. 9: 26-27).

I had to look up the exact definition of the term trifecta to see if it was alright to use it in my title. It is a term often used in betting on the horses. One must pick the correct order of finish of the first three horses. There are other variations, but somewhat recently the word has been used in other venues. Speaking generically, it can mean, "any achievement involving three successful outcomes." Now let us get to holiness. I have chosen three aspects of holiness, which I would consider necessary to achieve our goal. Today's verse is number one. The apostle Paul used the athletic analogies of running and boxing to get his point across. Athletes discipline their bodies to get them to perform at a high level. We commonly call it training or practice. Paul knew that the things that he did, reflected who he was and what he stood for. As a result he says that he disciplined his body so that it would do the right things. Other biblical translations use harsher words for discipline like buffet or beat. Paul teaches that to be really holy, we had to control the things that our bodies do. "Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God" (2 Cor. 7:1). The second aspect of holiness is that of spirit. We must be aware of our culture and its unholy ways and rise above it. By maintaining a spiritual purity we can be spiritually holy.

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Rom. 12:2). The third part of the trifecta of holiness is that of our mind. It is our minds that guide us, so we must transform them from the ways of the world to the ways of the Lord. The rest of Romans 12: 2 says; "Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is---His good, pleasing and perfect will." To be truly holy, remember the trifecta...Holiness of body, spirit and mind.

Have a great day....Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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