The Holy Spirit sanctifies us
in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1 2
‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy Leviticus 19:2
From that very moment when the believer submits to the Lordship of Christ, The Holy Spirit begins the work of sanctification in their life.
To be sanctified means to be made holy. The Greek word for ‘holy’ is Hagios. This translates literally as “being set apart for sacred use”.
Let us ask ourselves if our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19) and if. just as the first temple, with its priesthood, vessels and implements of service, were anointed and set apart for God’s service?
For this is the mandate of the life of the believer of Christ: to be set apart from the world and its defilement and lived for God alone. That we may take our direction from Him and Him alone. We are not our own. We, dear friends and brethren, have been bought with a price (I Cor 6:19). When we consciously embrace the price that was paid for us and submit to the truth that we belong to God, then deep within our being, will spring an unquenchable desire to live in obedience to His commandments and do those very things that please Him. (Heb 13:21) Nothing else will satisfy.
The Spirit of God, is continually renewing our minds into conformity with the mind of Christ. He without failing of faltering, never ceases to help us to keep God’s Law. However, our minds are being constantly defiled by evil thoughts as we engage with the world in which we live and to which we often times submit.
The Holy Spirit works tirelessly to make us conscious and sensitive to this defilement, leading us to immediately ask the Lord for cleansing by His precious blood (1 John 1:9).
Friends, cleansed from defilement, we find ourselves in an oasis where our renewed fellowship with God, through the Holy Spirit, blossoms and sends forth the fragrance of God’s promises and hope. (1 John 1:7). Sanctification is, therefore, a continual process of cleansing and being restored; a constant cycle of praying “Lord cleanse me, Lord fill me”, to live in close communion with our Lord.
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life
By Corinne Nathaniel | May 29th, 2017