Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Author : Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse of the Day: Sanctify them by your truth; your word is truth John 17:17.
LISTEN: What is sanctification? Does God command it for the believer in Christ? Absolutely! Sanctification involves more than a mere moral reformation of character, brought about by the power of the truth (God’s word): it is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing the whole nature of man more and more under the influences of the new gracious principles created in the soul in regeneration.
In other words, sanctification is the carrying on to perfection the work begun in renewing of the believer’s life, and it extends to the whole man (Rom. 6:13; 2 Cor. 4:6; Col. 3:10). It is the special office of the Holy Spirit in the plan of redemption to carry on this work (1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Thess. 2:13).
To be sanctified by the word of God as Jesus prayed, faith is instrumental in securing sanctification because, it secures union to Christ (Gal. 2:20), and brings the believer into living contact with the truth, whereby he is led to yield obedience to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come.
Man’s sinful nature will not allow him to access or fully dedicated himself to God almighty. Only the washing of the sinful nature by the Word can guarantee the cleansing that man requires to connect to, and be set apart to God. Christ the Word of God is the ultimate truth. Moments preceding his final days on earth, he prayed to his Father to sanctify his disciples with the Truth, the Word of God.
He used the word sanctify; which means, to render pure, or to cleanse from sins, (1Th 5:23; 1Co 6:11). Sanctification in the life of a Christian is progressive. It consists in his becoming more like God and less attached to the world; in his getting the control over evil thoughts, passions, and impure desires; and in his becoming more and more weaned from earthly objects, and attached to those things which are unseen and eternal.
This further means that the Christian should be consecrated, and set apart to a holy office or purpose. When Jesus prayed that God should sanctify them, he desired that his disciples might be made personally more holy, and might be truly consecrated to God as the ministers of his religion. As children of God and ministers of the gospel, we can only be devoted to the service of God just in proportion as we are personally pure.
Our faith in Christ cannot be sustained without sanctification from the word of God (Heb 12:14).
Besides, why do we need the word of God? We need it because the word of God separates us from sin, provokes Christian dedication and consecration (Acts 2:41, 42, 46); is the source of divine sanctification (John 17:17), brings freedom (John 8:32); continuing in the word makes you a true disciple of Christ (John 8:31), God’s word carries life with it (John 5:24; Heb. 4:12)., is our weapon against sin and evil (Ps. 119:11); is the seed of sanctification (Col. 3:16), and it is our weapon against trials and temptations (Matt. 4:4).
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Surrender to the Word of God and allow it to complete the process of sanctification in you.
2. Live your life on the basis of God’s word.
3. Make your warfare by God’s Word, not by your might and do not surrender to the devil.
4. Search and meditate God’s word daily and enrich your soul and spirit with it.
Daily Task: Make the decision to use God’s word through the power of prayer, to confront every trial and satanic invasion in your life.
Daily Reflection: Those that the word of God has set apart as special to Him, should not seek to be part of the corrupt practices of the world.
Daily Prayer: Precious Father, create in me the zeal and desire to constantly use your word against every challenge of my life in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, you will not be drown by the evil in the world. God will keep you safe and pure, in Jesus‘ name.