"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands ... and purify your hearts" (James 4:8)
God Himself is the holiness and the purity we need. Some people think of holiness as something they have for a time, but suddenly God allows them to lose it. Holiness in the Christian life is nothing else but the Spirit of God dwelling, filling, satisfying the surrendered, committed, trusting believer.
When will we admit and confess that holiness comes with the presence of God? When will we believe that a true encounter with God brings purity of heart?
Christ is not just our Sanctifier. He is our sanctification. He Himself is our holiness. If Christ lives within our hearts, then just as the fire dwelt within the burning bush in living encounter and experience, so we will be cleansed and pure. How could it be otherwise if Christ who is holy and pure lives out His life in us?
We must consent to the work of cleansing. We must pass sentence upon our sinful heart and give God the right to cleanse it. God will not take one step till we have handed ourselves over to Him unreservedly.
~A. W. Tozer~