OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2015. THEME : SANCTIFICATION PRECEDES DIVINE COMMISIONING.

lamp-light1MEMORISE : If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel

unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto

every good work. 2 TIMOTHY 2 : 21.

READ : JOHN 17 : 13 – 19.

13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they

might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they

are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou

shouldest keep them from the evil.

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the

world.

19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified

through the truth.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : DANIEL 11 : 12 AND MATHEW 5 : 21 – 42.

The most important thing a person needs is to be born-again ( John 3 : 3 ).

From personal experience and from the experience of others, certain things

give you the assurance that you are born-again. If you are born-again, you

stop thinking about yourself alone. You stop thinking only about what Jesus

can do for you but also of what you can do for Jesus. This was the case with

Paul after he met the Lord in Act 9 : 6 :

“And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And

the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee

what thou must do.”

You also begin to think about restitution ( Luke 19 : 8 ), and you begin to serve

God with the same vigour with which you served the devil ( Acts 9 : 20 – 22 ).

After you are saved, you need to be sanctified before you can be divinely

commissioned for service. An unsanctified believer is susceptible to backsliding,

hence the need for sanctification. The state of the human heart before

salvation is one of the reason why sanctification is necessary. Jeremiah 17 : 9

reveals that :

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know

it?”

Every person is born with a heart that is desperately wicked, and every of our

actions originate from the heart ( Matthew 15 : 19 – 20 ). Sanctification

changes the nature of a person’s heart ( Ezekiel 36 : 26 – 27 ). Many people

who were one born-again backslid because of their failure to get sanctified. A

backslider is worse than a sinner who has never been saved. Backsliding is

horrible. It can be likened to a dog going back to it vomit. Worldliness can

cause a Christian worker to backslid. Demas was an example of a Christians

worker who backslid because of his attachment to the things of this world

( Philemon 24, 2Timothy 4 : 10 )

The ability to live holy is given by God. Jesus died for our sanctification. When

a person is sanctified, he or she begins to think like Jesus. You forgive like

Jesus and like Him, you become humble. You develop a servant-spirit and you

become obedient and meek ( Matthew 11 : 29 ). To become sanctified, you must

believe that it is possible to live holy (Peter 1: 15 – 16 ). You must then admit

that you cannot do it without the assistance of the Holy Spirit ( John 15 : 5 ).

Finally, ask God to remove the heart of stone from you and replace it with a

heart of flesh.

PRAYER POINT :

Father, sanctify me wholly; give me a heart of flesh that is in line with your

nature.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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