Thursday, March 28, 2013

Set Apart for God

"Sanctify them by the truth your word is truth." John 17:17

Jesus prayed for his disciples. He knew that his time was short and he went on to share that they were not of this world.  He prayed not to take them out of the world, but to protect them from the evil one. He then closes his prayer by asking God to sanctify them.

Sanctify means to set apart for God. When Jesus asks for them to be sanctified by he truth and then defines truth as his word. The word of God is what brings in light and truth into our life. Jesus is the embodiment of the word and it sanctifies us by showing God's will for our life. It also provides revelation of who he is and his righteous requirement. The word ministers life and washes and cleanses our minds. We are renewed in our minds and hearts to see things as God sees them.

God desires that all men come to the full knowledge of the truth.  This comes in through receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  When we encounter Jesus and begin to read his word it begins the sancifying process of setting us apart to fulfill his will. He begins to speak to us through his word which gives us instruction on how to lead a godly life.  His word becomes a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. We are made the righteousness in Christ through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and his word.

He builds us up in faith through hearing the word of God.  He also becomes power in our weakness.  He begins to teach us how to trust in him because he is faithful to his word.  We are made whole in Christ. We become the light of the world who so need truth. We become that vessel of glory through by being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.  When we allow the sanctifying work into our lives we will begin to experience daily more of who God is giving us hope.  Today do not lose heart but press onto the goal to which you were called.

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