The scriptures did not advise the believer to walk in sanctification; it was a command of scriptures Mat. 5:48; 1Pet. 1:15-16. One thing we must understand is that God will never tell anyone to do what He has not given the grace for it, neither will He demand of us to be what He has not given the power for 1Jn. 5:3; Jud. 6:14. In essence, when the scriptures command us to be holy, it means the grace for it has been given to us by God. But it is one thing to be given a thing; it is another to know this, and another to understand how to make use of what one was given. Therefore, sanctification is a cheap possibility for every believer who will tap into the grace and power that is already made available by God 1Cor. 15:10; Tit. 2:11.
The Cost of Ungodliness.
If men know what sin takes from them, they will drop the life of sin without hesitation Psa. 82:5-6.
The scriptures show us that sin is the gateway of sickness and disease Mk. 2:5-11; Jn. 9:1-2; 1Cor. 3:16-17; Jms. 5:14-15. In essence, when a believer walks in sanctification, he will be free from sickness and disease in life. Sickness and disease are the enemies major way to rob man of hi glorious density, by robbing man of blessing thereby destroy the future Isa. 38:9-12; Job 33:19-22.
Breakthrough simply means making progress in spite of whatever stands on the way; and this is God’s plan for man Pro. 4:18. From scriptures, we understand that sin will make a man vulnerable and a victim to every obstacle, making him to be stranded and suffer stagnation Pro. 1:23-28; Isa. 60:1-3.
There is life after this present one, and what we do in this present life is what will determine one’s lot in the after-here life Heb. 9:27. There are only two (2) options in the life after here; it is the experience of eternity with Christ or eternity without Christ, and sin is the key determinant Jn. 3:16-18. Sin will push a man in to eternity without Christ, which is characterized by eternal torture, gnashing of teeth, weeping etc Rev. 21:8; Mat. 7:21-23.
The Escape Route from Sin.
Repentance is the mystery of godliness, which is able to rescue from the dungeon of sin no matter how deep an individual is into it 1Jn. 1:8-10; Acts 2:37-38; 1Kgs. 21:25-29. When a man truly repents, he is totally cleansed with the blood of Jesus from his sins, and imparted with the ability never to go back to them again 2Cor. 5:17.
Benefits of Sanctification.
Walking in sanctification makes the life of a believer to please God, with the result of peace, quietness and serenity as the dividend Pro. 16:7; Isa. 32:17-18. Often, sin and ungodliness is at the root of troubles and the crisis we go through in life Jon. 1:1-16; Isa. 59:7-8. The simple way to end those troubles is discover where you have gone wrong, repent and the storm will cease.
Honor means being accorded a treatment and respect beyond ones qualification, credential and natural status. Walking in sanctification will confer this on the believer 2Tim. 2:19-21. Honor often goes with gifts; in essence, when one is honored he will be enjoying things beyond what he labors or qualifies for.
Pathways to Sanctification.
These are the things the believer must adopt and practise that will strengthen his commitment and walk in sanctification.
Sanctification is only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit Rms. 8:1-2,13; 1:4. We must therefore crave for more of the power of the Holy Spirit, specifically the Spirit of holiness, in our lives to enable us walk in higher levels of sanctification.
The blood of Jesus is our last resolve in every conflict with the forces of darkness Rev. 12:11; Zch. 9:11-12. The blood of Jesus has the power to destroy sin to its root, and establish the dominion of the believer over sin for life Heb. 9:14; 13:20-21. We can engage the blood through; declaration, prayer altar, sprinkling it, and taking the communion.
The place of fellowship of saints is a mysterious place, with certain forces of the spirit at work that guarantees the liberty of the believer from all forces of sin and Satan, and his dominion over sin for life Oba. 17,21; Heb. 10:25. It is also a place of supernatural empowerment that makes the believer to become stronger than the forces of sin and the enemy in life Psa. 84:7. In essence, the more the believer is committed and regular is fellowship, the more he will be walk in dominion over sin.
In this kingdom, what we have not believed is what we cannot become Jn. 1:12; Mat. 9:29. Life in God’s kingdom is a function of each one’s faith Hab. 2:4; Rms. 1:17. In essence, if a believer does not believe in himself that he can live above sin, he will remain a victim to the forces of sin. Therefore, to successfully walk in sanctification, we must build our faith for sanctification, and this is done through God’s word Rms. 10:17.
In conclusion, remember that we need to repent first before we attempt a walk in sanctification Acts 2:37-38. Without repentance first, our righteousness is said to be like filthy rags before God Isa. 64:7. The problem with some in the church is that they refuse to repent, like king Saul they have explanation for their sins 1Sam. 15:16-23,24-30. King David on the other hand did more grievous things, but was quick at repentance and never went back to whatever he repented of and the scriptures refer to him as a man after God’s heart Acts 13:22. God has not change; He is ready to do same for anyone who will do what David did.
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