"To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God" (Revelation 2:7)
We have lived with unholiness so long that we are almost incapable of recognizing true holiness. The people of God in the churches of Jesus Christ ought to be a holy people. But ministers have largely given up preaching Bible-centered sermons on holiness. Maybe they would not know what to do with hearers who fell under the convicting power of God's Word. Preachers today would rather give their congregations tranquilizers!
Our lord is a holy Lord, and His eyes are as a flame of fire. His x-ray eyes can see right through everything! We can hide nothing from God. He sees all and knows all. But apparently we have a hard time with that fact - preachers and lay people alike. We seem to think our respectability should be accepted by our Lord as spirituality.
The basic principle in a spiritual life lies in its control The Holy Spirit works to bring the Christian to refuse the further reign of self and to choose the sovereignty of Christ over his life by yielding to Him as Lord.
You cannot get power from God until you give up "self" and receive holiness.
~A. W. Tozer~