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Are You Sanctified?
|Posted on 14 March, 2016 at 23:42|
"They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. John 17:16-19
"May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." I Thessalonians 5:23
Good morning Brothas and Sistas,
I have a question for you? Are you sanctified? Sanctification comes from the verb sanctify. Sanctify originates from the Greek word hagiazo, which means to be separate or to be "set apart from what is sinful and to be attached to what is holy, pure, or righteous.
In the Bible, sanctification generally relates to a sovereign act of God whereby He sets apart a person, place, or thing in order that His purposes may be accomplished. Because of this very fact we are called saints, hagioi in the Greek which means sanctified ones. Whereas prior to Him saving us our behavior bore witness to our position in the world whereas we were separated from God, but now our behavior should bear witness to our position before God whereas we have been gloriously separated from the world.
That just simply means former whore mongers, adulterers, liars, fornicators, etc., have been snatched out of the Satan's grasp and been chosen to be used for HIS divine purpose. "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification." I Thessalonians 4:3 Sanctification is not only necessary for spiritual growth but it is vital for witnessing, mentoring, and serving Him. Question: If Jesus Himself, has already spiritually set us apart to be used for His glory, why is it that we trifle with sin and refuse to physically separate ourselves from the person, place, or thing that is getting in the way of us being FULLY (totally or completely: in all manner of degree) used by Him.
John says, "They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth: your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified." In other words, since we have been deemed sanctified we must live a life of separation from sin, a life of holiness by the truth of His word. We are in the world but not of it. Scripture says, "but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation." I Peter 1:15
In other words we have a part in this thing too and Jesus is consistently calling us to do it. In order for us to walk in all that He has prepared for us there are some soul ties that we must let go of. There are some places that we can no longer remain or visit. There are some things that we must do away with and there are some attitudes that have to cease. It does not matter what we are caught up in if we want to pursue (obtain or accomplish) His will we must forsake (give up something formerly held dear; renounce: to leave altogether; abandon) to do so. If the prophets and saints of old did it then WHY CAN'T WE?
These were ordinary people who did not allow people or things to put them in a box. They truly lived a life of reckless abandonment unto Him. They endeavored to live a life apart from the world and sin so that they could be sensitive enough to His Spirit to not only bring folk to repentance but to serve and intercede for others. They were God's remnant and so are we.
A remnant is defined as what is left over or the rest more frequently of she'-erith, "residue (something that remains after a part is taken, separated, or designated or abstracted after the completion or removal of parts as a process. Wow, we are God's residue separated as a part of His redemptive plan or process to bring repentance to a world that we we were once a part of.
Therefore, we cannot be so wrapped up and tied in people, places, or things that we stray away from His anointing. Some of us are holding on to relationships where we know full well the Lord wants to take us to another level in Him and they are holding us back and because we adore them more than Him we selfishly refuse to let go not realizing all the while that He has something so much better in store for us.
Bottom Line: We worry about their opinion of us or whether or not we always say or do the right things around them. Man's approval is all that matters but God's opinion of us is what truly matters. HE IS ALL THAT MATTERS. And we only need to bank on what He thinks of us when we read His promises about us in His word.
There are many of us that are so connected to our stuff that we can't FULLY recognize or see Him for the Jehovah Jireh that He truly is. He is all that we need because HE provides everything that we need. We have issues with letting go of attitudes that interfere with our relationship with Him and others so much to the point that we forfeit the blessings that He wants to send our way.
We can move from our bowed down, fallen state of being held captive to the sins which so easily beset us (Hebrews 12:1) and embrace this life of holiness that He longs for us to have. The word of God says "Without holiness no man shall see God" Hebrews 12:14 Eventhough we may fall into the subtle trap of making these people, places, and things our little gods, there is good news. Proverbs 24:16 states, "The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again." I like the word BUT in that scripture because the word but is defined as on the contrary: contrary to expectation; except for the fact: yet).
On the contrary to what man may think or say, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you (us) free from the law of sin and death." Contrary to what the enemy expected I am more than a conqueror through Him that loves me. And except for the fact Jesus paid it all and all to HIM I owe, sin hath left a crimson stain. He washed it white as snow!
Oh and another word that i love is the word yet, because they (all the so called haters which include Satan and all of His little sorry old imps) have yet to see the things that God has prepared for us because we love Him. God sanctified us at the point of salvation and we are continuously being sanctified as we grow in Him and until He returns. "May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." I Thessalonians 5:23
The question (s) is on the floor is How bad do WE want it? How bad do we want to please Him? And, how bad do we want to be used by Him? Have we determined (established or ascertained definitively) purposed (established or ascertained definitely: to strive), reckoned (considered it as such) that regardless (in spite of ) no sin, past, present, or future , no person, no attitude is going to get in the way of His purpose for us. Now I ask you again, "Are you sanctified?" Sanctification : We must endeavor to do our part while He does His to be fully used by Him. Amen.