John 17:17, 19 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. . 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

This morning when the Lord said to write my blog on sanctification I said…..”Lord you want me write on what?”…..and He confirmed it to me so here goes…….

Sanctification is the relationship we now have with God when we made that wonderful decision to repent of our sin and believed in Jesus Christ and in the sacrifice He made for us by dying on the cross. At that moment our relationship to God changed and we were made clean and were separated from the world and our sinful nature was changed to live a holy and clean life before our gracious God. Our faith in Christ has sanctified us. We now need to live a holy sanctified life.

1 Peter 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
We must now live a holy separated life pleasing to the Lord. I love God so much and I always want to please Him and one of the many ways to please God is to live holy. We need to separate ourselves from this world…..our mind, spirit and soul need to be consumed with God and His affairs.

Now for one of my Tanya explanations on the matter of sanctification. I have birthed 5 babies and was in the delivery room watching from a different view when my sister delivered one of my nieces so I know a lot about birthing babies. When babies are born all though they are so cute, when they enter the world they are very….well…a total mess. They have all kinds of stuff stuck all over them…trust me…you don’t want me to get too descriptive here. And then they get cleaned and they now are so cute and smell so fresh. But if you don’t continually clean them those babies will start to stink and they can get very dirty and messy all over again.

We were like the new babies when we first got cleaned from our original sin (Adam and Eve…you know the apple thing). We were so dirty like when we were separated from our mothers so we could be washed clean….We were separated from God and Jesus death on the cross made us clean so we were holy enough to be put in that mothers arms which is God Himself. We are now in the loving arms of our Holy Father but…… a child can go out and play and can get dirty again so……John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth…. The bible is sharper than a two edged sword so this will clean us up. The truth will set you free so you can be clean.

Romans 15:16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit to instructs and teach us the right things to do and the right way to live ….a separated life unto our God. When we get dirty by being out in the world and the pull it has to draw us into it, so we can get cleaned again with the knowledge of God’s word and help from the Holy Spirit.

Our separated lives will also be a witness to those who have not accepted Christ yet. If we live a sanctified life they will see Christ in us and want Jesus for themselves. Jesus did this while He was on earth and we should live like He did….a holy life acceptable to God. Jesus set the perfect example of sanctification.

Now this was a deep topic today but it needs to be addressed often because people are saying it’s hard to spot the Christians today because we are acting so much like the world. There are three remedies for this. Read the word, stay in prayer and obey the Holy Spirit.

Being holy takes some work and sacrifice on our part in obedience to the scriptures…we may have to give up some things (TV,facebook, etc.) and we may have to add some things (prayer, bible study).

As I get older I’m grateful for the sacrifice Jesus made for me and I want so much to please Him and I know I’m on the right path to leading a Holy life….I want to see Jesus…I want God to call me a faithful servant….I will be 59 in two weeks and I know my days are numbered and I getting closer to seeing God and when that time comes I want to be as pure and holy as I can be. I have had a life threaten situation and at that moment all I could think about was being clean before God…it was instinct. We need to have this instinct every minute of everyday…we should want to be in a continual state of sanctification.

Start today…ask God to forgive you of any sins you may have committed, do some bible study every day, fellowship with other Christians at a local church regularly, and my favorite thing is to pray… talk to God, and lastly obey the Holy Spirit when He speaks to you. The Holy Spirit will remind you the truth of the God’s word…’s all up to you…do you want to live a holy life?…do you want to please God?

Massage for today: Sanctification is for today… ….this minute….2011….The New Testaments declaration for us to live a Holy/sanctified life may have been written hundreds of years ago (about 70 years after Christ death on the cross) but the bible is the living word of God and has attached itself to each generation so it is relevant for today and very much needed today. Let’s live sanctified lives and please God. Let’s draw men to see God because of the holiness they see in us. Let’s turn this world upside down. Can I get an Amen?