Monday, June 27, 2016

Sanctification

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather
EXPOSE
them.
Ephesians 5:11 
Hello dear readers.
I know it's been a while since my last post, but with all life has thrown my way here lately, I have been unable to put my pen to the plow so to speak. 
Imagine my delight when my mind was flooded with thoughts for a new post this morning.
I have scribbled down so many notes today, and I am so excited about this post that I believe God is enabling me to write.
In the above scripture, we are instructed to expose(NIV) or reprove(KJV) the unfruitful works of darkness.
To expose or reprove means to:
charge with a fault to the face
to chide with
to reprehend
to convince a fault
to make it manifest. 
to refute
to lay open
to uncover
to remove from shelter.
Therefore, it can be said that Christians should no be silent or idly stand by but rather reprove and rebuke that which is evil.
However, so many Christians are unable to reprove evil because they are unable to notice how cleverly satan has concealed it.
  Professing Christians carry on with life as if nothing is happening because so many are engrossed with entertainment and worldly pursuits.
We are living in A Spoiled Nation!
 I am not exempt from guilt myself, and I'm not throwing off on everyone else. However, it angers and saddens me to repentance when I realize that satan has pulled a shade over my eyes.
 Therefore, I pray to be ever vigilant! 
Open the eyes of my heart Lord! 
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may KNOW the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people...Eph 1:18
Open you my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
Psalm 119:18
However, people's hearts have waxed gross, their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed.
 (Matthew 13:15)
I believe our nation is in the state that it is in today because professing Christians are not concerned with 
sanctification. 
We will not see a great move of the Holy Spirit if we are not concerned with the process of sanctification. 
As born again Christians, we should not to live without regards to spiritual growth and sanctification.
God's word says, 
"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." John 17:17
Allowing God to begin His work of sanctification within us, begins with
 KNOWING God's word.

 In 1 Thessalonians chapter 5
there is a list of important behaviors existing prior to sanctification.
  • Comfort yourselves together.
  • Edify one another
  • know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake.
  • Be at peace among yourselves.
  • Warn them that are unruly. (Eph. 5:11)
  • Comfort the feebleminded.
  • Support the weak.
  • Be patient toward all men.
  • See that none render evil for evil unto any man.
  • Follow that which is good.
  • Rejoice evermore.
  • Pray without ceasing.
  • In every thing give thanks.
  • Quench not the Spirit.
  • Despise not prophesy.
  • Prove all things.("Judge" All Things)
  • Hold fast that which is good.
  • Abstain from all appearance of evil.(The Walking Dead, Please Don't Watch)
Then God's word says,
and the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Knowing Bible verses does not bring sanctification!
  Loving God's word does!
We need to crave the His word more than food.  We have to hide His word in our hearts, so that we are able to overcome sin.
 Thus, the process of sanctification!
We must have this FULLNESS in the days we are living in.
I am afraid that too many Christians are, as the Bible says,  
 neither cold nor hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Rev. 3:16
Our nation has been blessed with increased goods, but we have turned prosperity into a curse.
  God was addressing to the "Churches" in Revelation 3.
 How many don't realize how wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked they truly are?
Revelation 3:18 says, "buy of Me gold tried in the fire..."
Sanctification costs!
  We are tested in fire to become as a precious metal.
Being lukewarm can not refine!
...anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
 Rev. 3:18
We are warned.
  We must have our eyes anointed to see!
We are living in the last days!

In Matthew 24:32-35, Jesus gave a parable of “the fig tree”:
Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the door!
Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

The overwhelming majority of Biblical commentators and Biblical scholars all believe that the fig tree represents the state of Israel, which was established in 1948 AD.
  The generation which was born when the state of Israel was established, according to Jesus, will not pass away prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  The span of “generation” was established in the Bible as 40-100 years. If the length of David’s generation, Christ’s generation, and those living today is 70-80 years (Psalm 90:10), it would be reasonable to conclude that the generation Christ was talking about in the parable of the fig tree will also be 70-80 years in length. Add that to 1948 (1948+70=2018).
Although no one knows the day or hour,  Jesus was very angry with the Pharisees and Scribes for not discerning “the signs of the times”. (Luke 12:56)
We are to be watching and ready.
I urge you to read, Revelation Unfolding, a post I have previous written. There are several videos in that post that I hope will not be removed. 
We need our eyes open and oil in our lamps!
We can not foresee and understand what we need if we're living in complacency and having a lackadaisical attitude towards spiritual growth and sanctification.  
We must have a fullness of the Holy Spirit in out lives teaching and leading us.
Many will be deceived in the last days!
Do you realize that the devil is cleverly deceiving the church?  With the "created" threat of ISIS and the brutal killings throughout our country, satan is cunningly pushing for interfaith unity.
 He wants Christians to think they are joining together with other faiths for a common cause such as stopping extremist or saving the planet from climate change.
 This sounds innocent enough to Christians who hope for love and peace.
  However, the end-time prophecy will play out.
 Evil will wax worse.
  Sin will increase.
 Many shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
 There will be distress among nations with perplexity.
   Christians should not form an unholy alliance with other religions! 
 We must not  have unity with any religion that worships other Gods or believes someone other than Jesus can forgive and absolve sin!
 Such an interfaith unity would only further the evil plan of a one world government. 
God's kingdom is NOT of this world!
We should remain a separate people for Christ Jesus - a 'peculiar people'.  
We are not of this world, and we will be hated by this world.
Do not be surprised, Christians will be considered the extremist. It's already happening more and more each day.
 Christians are the ones who are hated and persecuted for not accepting sinful lifestyles. 
We must remain unapologetic for our Biblical beliefs.
 We need to cry out with broken sobs for the souls of those lost without Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savoir.
The world is full of sin.  
We must have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather
EXPOSE
them.
Ephesians 5:11  
To often, the church looks no different than the world.
  I'm not talking about mere clothing.  I'm talking about a people lacking sanctification. 
  God's word says, be ye holy.  We can not be 100% until Christ appears, but we must strive to be.
   The Lord sanctifies us through His word of truth
(John 17:17).
 It should be evident in our everyday life.
Is is evident in what we participate in,
what we watch,
what we listen to,
what we talk about,
how we treat others,
how we reverence God,
how we worship God,
how we defend His word,
how we edify each other
how we prove ALL things,
how we cleave to that which is good,
how we abstain from all appearance of evil?
We can not afford to be deceived into believing that we do not need sanctification.
Too many Christians are being deceived. 
Another way satan is controlling the minds of so many is found in Revelation 18:23 ..."for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived." 
Did you know that word 'sorceries' in the original Greek is the word 'pharmakeia', which is where we get the word 'pharmceuticals' today? So satan is deceiving the world through the 'great men' of the earth - the leaders, doctors and big pharmaceutical companies.
 I have written a post about this,
and you can read it
Like never before, we need the Lord.  We need to be in love with His word!
  We need to have our eyes anointed to see!  
The lost are deceived already, and we should pray that they will come to understand their need for Jesus.
  Why would God warn that many will be deceived, even the very elect, if He wasn't referring to believers? 
We need to know God's word, not just be able to quote Bible verses or wear them on t-shirts.
Every believer needs sanctification and the fullness of the Holy Spirit. 
The majority of believers do not hear this preached from God's word today.
  Many believe in nothing more than just accepting Jesus as Savior. 
 However, there is still spiritual growth. 

....since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 1 Colossians 8:9-10

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity...
Hebrews 6:1

giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 2 Peter 1:5-9

For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being[ongoing process]sanctified
Hebrews 10:14





Is there discipline in (our)the believer's life?
 Are we sharing in His holiness? [Heb. 12:10]

In Romans chapter 6, Paul speaks of how we are justified at salvation. Yet, he tells how we must make choices to live as mature, holy people as we yield our lives to the Lord each day. This is the ongoing process of sanctification.

The lack of this in today's professing Christians, is causing mayhem!
 This is why Christianity is becoming transparent in the world.
  Professing Christians are doing whatever they want and acting however they want.
  There is no desire for sanctification.
 There is no belief in the need of holy and righteous living. Biblical beliefs are replaced with outright lies!
Professing Christians are disillusioned into believing that everyone sins, so no sin should be proved (judged) or questioned.
  Acceptance of sin is rapidly growing.
  Churches are embracing sin.
 Sin abounds so that professing Christians are desensitized and can no longer recognize it!

Just this week, I had a talk with a friend who was upset with yet another issue at her child's school.  The school claims, "Our school will provide opportunities for students to excel in academics, the arts, and athletics in a safe, orderly, Christian environment." However, her child was given a Summer assignment to read a book that takes the Lord's name in vain frequently and contains several other profanities.   The book contains numerous discussions about various sex topics.  It also includes topics such as suicide, revenge, and drinking.  However, since the book has won awards such as the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel and  the ALA Booklist Starred Review, most parents will have no issues with their child reading this book. 
This is appalling especially since this is a very small school where most of the families are supposedly professing Christians.  
Why aren't more parents exposing this?
  Why are they silent?
They allow their kids to read such trash, yet they take them to church on Sunday morning. 
What message does that send?
“I hate, I despise your feasts,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies..."
Amos 5:21

If the church is desensitized and has complacency for sin, are our songs and melodies just noise unto the Lord? 
Take away from me the noise of your songs;
    to the melody of your harps I will not listen. (vs. 23)

Are our hearts, as believers, being sanctified?
Are church buildings full of solemn assemblies and noise?

I'm afraid too many are just believing a lie.  
The family is the basis of all social structures, and our society is full of evil!  
 We need sanctified, mature leaders in the home as well as in the church. 
God has called us to holiness, and He is able to do this work within us.
...We know that when Christ appears, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
 1 John 3:2-3

9 comments:

  1. God's Word is the answer. I love reading Face to Face most mornings - by K. Boa -- are you familiar with that one? blessings on you as you parent.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I am not familiar with that one, but I will check it out.
      God bless.

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  2. It is wonderful truth that you are preaching here, sweet friend. SO, so true. It breaks my heart to see the conditions...if it breaks yours and mine, how must it break the heart of our Lord Who suffered and died for our salvation? No one wants to consecrate their flesh anymore. No one wants to suffer for the cause of Christ. Most want a life of ease, void of any type of self-denial. This is so contrary to Jesus and His call to us. The first of the three steps to be His disciple is to deny ourselves, then take up our cross, then follow Him. We can't follow Him if we are unwilling to lay aside sin and worldliness. Where is the self-denial in continuing to live a sinful lifestyle???? Where is the sacrifice? God help us to live lives that will honor HIM and Him alone. I am so thankful for this post. God bless you, dear friend. Keep standing for the truth. He will honor you for it. Love and appreciate you!

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    1. Very true, Cheryl. Thanks so much for your supportive words. I always value your response to my posts. Love you!

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  3. Chris, what a wonderful post, so well said. I love the old hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim. Many blessings to you.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Beth. That is a good song, and so inline with this post. Thanks for bringing it to mind.

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  4. Powerful words here. We no longer have the option of standing in the gray middle. Choose you, this day, who you will serve!

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    1. Exactly! Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:16.
      Thanks for your comment. I appreciate it!
      God bless.

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  5. Amen and Amen. Powerful and so full of God's Truth. Oh that we would turn to God and turn away from our ways of this world. We must seek the Lord and know that being set apart for Him is His way. I pray.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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