Inspired by . . . Day 3: His Name, Jehovah-M’Kaddesh
The God who sanctifies.
A primitive root; to be made clean (ceremonially or morally): - appoint, bid, consecrate, dedicate, defile, hallow, (be, keep) holy (-er, place), keep, prepare, proclaim, purify, sanctify (-ied one, self)
Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
And ye shall keep My statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you. Lev 20:7-8
A God separate from all that is evil requires His people to be cleansed from all evil.
Oh, how we need this sanctifying power of God in our world, in our very lives today!
Yesterday we talked about how we are to respect and reverence God’s holy name, today we look at ourselves, at our lives and our actions. Are we living a sanctified life?
So then, my friends, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you:
Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God,
dedicated to His service and pleasing to Him.
This is the true worship that you should offer.
Perhaps we are trying our best to do this, to live a life pleasing to God. But we fall short, and become frustrated.
Let us remember, it is God Who sanctifies. He is the One Who provides the means of sanctification, through which He sets believers apart for His purposes.
"You are to speak to the people of Israel and say,
'Above all you shall keep My Sabbaths,
for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations,
that you may know that I, the LORD, sanctify you.
And the means of sanctification is offered through the Person and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through His own blood. Heb 13:12
Jesus prayed for His disciples and He prayed for us when He asked God in John 17 to: Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
It is through the believing in and the doing of His word that the sanctification process takes place. If you’re struggling to live a life sanctified to Him, I encourage you to look at how much time you’re spending in the word.
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to Your word.
With my whole heart I seek You;
let me not wander from Your commandments!
I have stored up Your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against You.
This is my prayer for us today:
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely,
and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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