“WORTH CONSIDERING” SANCTIFICATION 5/1/19 (Across my desk a few days ago, been too busy.)
“But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11, NLT)
His Name is the Key
Something supernatural happens on the inside of you when you call on the name of the Lord. First of all, the Bible tells us that God actually makes His home in your heart by the Holy Spirit. Not only that, but when you call on His name, you are calling on everything He represents—life, peace, strength, hope, joy, healing, deliverance, forgiveness and so much more! It’s like receiving the key to a mansion filled with treasures—and it’s all yours! You can see that key in your hand; you can tell other people about it; you can know that you have access anytime you want, but you still have to take a step and use the key to open the door before you can partake of the blessings inside. And you probably wouldn’t just peak in the door or visit once a week; no, move right in! Make the decision today to move into God’s abundant blessings by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus. Call on His name and move right in to His provision, His joy, His peace, His love. You have the key, so receive the abundant life He has prepared for you today!
A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for cleansing me and making me new by Your Spirit. Thank You for giving me access to Your wonderful blessings through Your Son, Jesus. I bless You and praise You today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
Sanctification or “To be made holy” in the Bible is a process. In the Greek the “you were” justified was added by the translators the same for “you were” made holy. So our submission to Christ Jesus as LORD, Rom. 10:9-10 is the beginning of the process in which the Holy Spirit helps to make each of us into a holy person who is fit for the Kingdom of God for eternity. But the decision for this process may be terminated at any time if we withdraw from the process by the loss of our faith, Rom.11:20-23. We are granted one lifetime to, by faith, choose to learn to learn to LOVE and become humble and obedient. And our decisions in this life time will set the course for our eternity in light or darkness.
In Adam’s defection we were all born dead spiritually but in Christ Jesus we can be restored by having a spiritual re-birth, John 3:3-18. But this is just the beginning of a spiritual life of how to learn to walk with the Holy Spirit in the way. In the parable of the sower Jesus taught about the 4 kinds of soil: Stony, Shallow, Weedy and Good, Matt.13:3-23. The good seed did not even grow in the stony ground. The good seed sprouted in the shallow and weedy soil but died. Only in the good soil did the Good Seed germinate and produce fruit.
We purchased a 1/2 acre in Kealia (so. Capt. Cook, HI.) about a year ago and because of the brush and stuff on the ground found out later that it was a total rock pile, hardy any soil at all. We had to have 90 yards of rock hauled away so we could even begin to put in a garden. So we are now in the process now of turning our stony, shallow weedy soil into good soil and a garden. It has not been easy but we are now growing 20 fruit trees, corn, tomatoes, beans, pumpkins and all kinds of good stuff. Each of us is also in the process of being made into a garden of the Lord or we do not belong to HIM at all. HE is not going to put up with our ego, pride, rebellion, lust and other junk in HIS Eternal Kingdom of Righteousness and Joy. We either allow HIM to put us through the process of becoming good soil or we can take our rocks and weeds on into the very dark and black eternity of HIS absence. Jesus is the example of love, humility and obedience that GOD wants to also plant in us.
Today is a beautiful Wednesday at about 86 outside this morning and 77 inside, just the morning warm up. The temp gauge outside is in the sun. And about 76% humidity… Probably rain again this afternoon, best kind of water for the plants. Bible Fellowship on Friday’s starting to be more focused after 4 weeks. Always interesting to see what the Holy Spirit is going to do each week. Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org (For more “Worth Considering” find the link at the bottom of the Home Page.)