Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 28, 2012

Consecrate for Sanctification

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:16 am
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1Thessolonians 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Leviticus 20:7 “ ‘Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.

God tells us to consecrate ourselves. To consecrate means to set aside or dedicate. This is man’s action to God. It is our surrender to Him to have His way with us. Man can only consecrate. It is God Who must sanctify. Man cannot sanctify himself no matter what he does or how good he is. Sanctification only comes through the cross of Jesus. Sanctification cannot happen without consecration. We must first yield thoughts, our actions, life, and ourselves to God. We must be open to the infilling of God’s Holy Spirit. Then the act of sanctification can begin. Our question is are we willing to yield our entire beings to God and allow Him to sanctify us? Many are unwilling because they don’t want to be different than their cultures. Many are afraid God will want something of them they can’t do. We either believe or accept God’s love for us, which leads to total trust, or we don’t. The choice is ours. What do you choose?

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