Sanctification is the will of God for the believer 1Ths. 4:3-4; 1Cor. 1:30. The scriptures make us to understand that when the believer fulfils God’s will, he enjoys the delivery of God’s promises Heb. 10:36. We must understand that God will not tell us to do what He has not engraced us to do 1Jn. 5:3; Jn. 14:21. God will not tell us to be what He has not empowered us to be 1Pet. 1:15-16; Mat. 5:48. In essence, sanctification is possible for every believer that will make the choice for it Deu. 30:19; Mat. 5:6.
The Cost of Ungodliness
The ungodly life is very costly and harder to live than the godly lifestyle. Many are ignorant of the cost; it is why they still patronise ungodly lifestyle.
The help of God and men; there is no great man in life, every great man is only a helped man 1Chr. 12:22. The help of God is man’s security against troubles and hard times Psa. 60:11-12; 33:18-19; Isa. 38:1-9. Sin and ungodliness will disconnect a man from the help of God, which is what brings the help of men, leaving the many to struggle, toil, fail and be frustrated 1Chr. 12:18.
The scriptures make it clear that the end result of sin is death and destruction Ezk.18:20; Rms. 3:23. Gehazi, with the destiny of 4-times Elijah anointing, was destroyed by the sin of covetousness 2Kgs. 5:20-27. Herod the king, with a great future was destroyed by the sin of pride Acts. 12:21-24. Any sin you don’t put an end to now, will put an end to your life 1Tim. 6:10-12.
We are made by the secrets of God that we gain access to in life Pro. 25:2; Deu. 29:29. All stars in the kingdom were made by the secrets of God that they accessed. Daniel is an example; he was a slave in a strange land, but by the secrets of God rose to a celebrated leader Dan. 2:19,30,46. He gained access to God’s secret was by his life of sanctification Dan. 1:8; Psa. 25:14.
The scriptures make us to understand that God never hold our past against us Ezk. 18:20-24. But God will only write off our past when we truly repent of our past 1Jn. 1:8-10; Pro. 28:13.
Benefits of Sanctification.
Every child of God has great things ordained for him to enjoy by reason of redemption, but access is only by sanctification Acts 20:32; Oba. 17. Seven major things that summarizes the inheritance of the believer; power, wisdom, riches, strength, honor, glory, blessing Rev. 5:12.
Sin blocks the believer’s prayer from being heard, therefore there will be no answer 1Jn. 5:14-15; Psa. 66:18-20; Pro. 28:13; Isa. 38:5. When we do away with sin, our prayers will be expressly answered, this means access to whatever we desire always Jn. 16:23-24.
Sin is the gateway to sickness and disease. When we get rid of sin, we become entitled to experience divine health Mk. 2:1-5,10-11; Jn.5:1-8,14.
Pathways to Sanctification.
Daniel purposed, he overcame sin and lived a godly life in the midst of corruption Dan. 1:8; 6:5, 28. To purpose mean to make a choice and become committed to it. Therefore, we need to take a strong stand against sin and for sanctification, and make this public.
The scriptures instruct that the believer should be watchful and pray to overcome temptation and sin Mat. 26:41. We must watch things we watch the things we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, and allow around us, for us to stay clean from sin. The combination of prayer and fasting will deliver a believer from the power of any sin Mat. 17:20-21. The believer that will schedule daily prayer engagement of minimum one hour will break free from sin to walk in sanctification.
God’s word has the power to make a believer clean spiritually Jn. 15:3. God’s word is like water with the power to wash and make the believer clean of every sin, and live the sanctified life Eph. 5:26; Psa. 119:9-11. Every believer that desire to walk in sanctification must schedule daily washing in the word.
Faith releases the power of God on the believer to become what he believes Jn. 1:12; Heb. 11:6. In essence, to live a sanctified life, we must have the faith that one can live totally free of sin Matt. 5:48; Mk. 9:23.
In conclusion, there is glory in holiness, but sin brings shame and reproach Exo. 15:11; Pro. 14:34. It is all a function of our choice as individuals, what is your choice now? When an individual makes the choice for righteousness, it will show first by godly sorrow for his past sin, which will lead him to repentance 2Cor. 7:10. But when an individual is not touched about his sin, and behaves as it nothing has happened he can’t enjoy God’s mercy Pro. 28:13. It is not enough that we repent; it must be done on time for mercy to answer. Esau repented but it was too late and could not enjoy God’s mercy for forgiveness of his sin, he lost his glorious destiny because of this Heb. 12:17.
To anyone reading this that will love to give his/her life to Christ, pray this prayer out loud with me from your heart: “Lord Jesus, I surrender my life to you today. Forgive me my sins; wash me with your blood. I believe you died for me, on the third day you rose again that I may be justified. Right now, I believe that my sins are forgiven; I’m justified by your blood; I’m born-again; I’m saved; I’m a child of God; I’m free from the power of sin to serve the living God. Thank you Jesus for receiving me; thank you Jesus for restoring me; thank you Jesus for