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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Instantaneous And Insistent Sanctification"

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February 8, 2012


INSTANTANEOUS AND INSISTENT SANCTIFICATION

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
http://www.BibleStudyTools.com/search/?query=1th+5:23-24&sr=1

When we pray to be sanctified, are we prepared to face the standard
of these verses? We take the term sanctification much too lightly.
Are we prepared for what sanctification will cost? It will cost an
intense narrowing of all our interests on earth, and an immense
broadening of all our interests in God. Sanctification means intense
concentration on God's point of view. It means every power of body,
soul and spirit chained and kept for God's purpose only. Are we
prepared for God to do in us all that He separated us for? And then
after His work is done in us, are we prepared to separate ourselves
to God even as Jesus did? "For their sakes I sanctify Myself." The
reason some of us have not entered into the experience of
sanctification is that we have not realized the meaning of
sanctification from God's standpoint. Sanctification means being made
one with Jesus so that the disposition that ruled Him will rule us.
Are we prepared for what that will cost? It will cost everything that
is not of God in us.

Are we prepared to be caught up into the swing of this prayer of the
apostle Paul's? Are we prepared to say - "Lord, make me as holy as
You can make a sinner saved by grace"? Jesus has prayed that we might
be one with Him as He is one with the Father. The one and only
characteristic of the Holy Ghost in a man is a strong family likeness
to Jesus Christ, and freedom from everything that is unlike Him. Are
we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit's
ministrations in us?

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