Today’s thoughts go to Sanctification as the divine side (God’s part) of holiness, the act of the Holy Spirit working in the heart, making it clean, setting the vessel aside for God’s holy use.
As we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues, the Holy Spirit will manifest the fruit of the Spirit and the Gifts of the Spirit in us.
There is nothing magical about the Holy Spirit. It is simply access to the Spirit of God in the sense of allowing Him to lead, guide and direct us into all truth. He gives us the desire to live a Holy and pure life in Christ Jesus. The very righteousness of Christ living in the believer. It will take living a Holy life as the believer keeps his relationship with God.
God is with His people in exile and suffering. He knows our fears, speaks words of comfort, and promises to help us, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Sanctification is God’s part Jesus prayed that the Father would separate His disciples from worldliness and dedicate and equip them for His service. Disciples are equipped for God’s work through the truth, which is the Word of God.
- Psalm 119:142 Your justice is eternal, and your law is perfectly true.
God’s Word, both living and written, is the chief means through which He sanctifies us. Yes, His Word when applied helps keep our relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Every believer is CALLED TO CONSECRATE themselves unto God from the time they are born-again UNTIL DEATH OR HIS RETURN…in other-words; for the rest of our earthly life.
Consecration is the human side (our part) of holiness. Consecration is that of setting apart one’s self to God; a separation from worldly, secular and even legitimate things; if they come in conflict with God’s plan.
All believers have been called to be a servant of God in the avenue of the consecrated life-style for their maker, God.
The consecrated servant must be a life of total/ fully consecration to God, not a partial consecrated life; not a half-hearted service to God.
God demands involvement of our whole being; our body, our soul, our spirit, our mind, emotions and our will.
As a believer we are to give of all we have and all that we are. Only through prayer and His Word can we achieve this human side of consecration, which in turns draws us into a life of consecration, daily setting of one’s self apart fully, to God’s work.
Yes, prayer and Gods’ Word is the very thing that puts man in reach of God:
- giving all to God,
- receiving all from God,
- claiming all that God has for him.
The consecrated person seeks after holiness of heart and is to live a holy life. A life flowing from a heart cleansed from all sin.
This is the very thing to keep in mind: to watch and pray and use attentiveness in using all means of grace (love). Yes, a person after God’s own heart, one that prays, listens and obeys.
It takes prayer to bring one into such a consecrated life of holiness to the Lord and it takes prayer and Gods’ Word to maintain this life of holiness.
- Hebrews 12:14 ”Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”
A consecrated life is a life of prayer that brings forth:
- a joyful heart,
- satisfaction of the soul, and
- contentment of the spirit.
God will keep the person in perfect peace whose mind is on the Lord.