Life in God’s kingdom is a function of every man’s personal responsibility Pro. 9:12. The scriptures make us to understand that redemption brings an individual into the life of abundance and glory Jn. 10:10; 2Pet. 1:3. Without consecration and sanctification, redemption will be a frustrated adventure 2Tim. 2:19-21. Therefore, we must keep striving to live a sanctified life, in order to make the most of redemption. How do we do this?
Pathways to sanctification.
The word ‘purge’ means to get rid of whatever is impure, undesirable and ungodly. It also means to cleanse or purify. The believer that will walk in sanctification must accept to get rid of every impure, ungodly and unscriptural acceptable things and acts in his life 2Tim. 2:19-21; 1Jn. 3:3. This is one thing no one can do for another, it is a personal responsibility.
Testimonies are the acts of God in the lives of men. Testimonies are spiritual forces with the capacity to empower the believer for victory over the forces of darkness, sin inclusive Rev. 12:11. We trigger this power by meditation on testimonies Psa. 119:111.
To mortify means to subdue the body or its needs and desires through self-discipline. In essence, it is self-discipline of one’s appetite and body. The believer that will walk in sanctification must have his flesh and body subdued Gal. 5:17. The guaranteed way to successfully discipline the appetite and body is through the power of the Holy Spirit Zch. 4:6-7. The body can only be subdued through the Holy Spirit as we commit to obey the Spirit of God Rms. 8:13; Gal. 5:16; Col. 3:5-6.
Faith is the covenant force that silences every force of darkness including the forces of sin Eph. 6:16; 1Jn. 5:4-5. In essence, the believer that will silence the forces of sin and walk in sanctification must develop his faith for it. Faith is built through the word of God; we must keep building our faith for us to keep walking in sanctification Rms. 10:17.
Benefits of Sanctification.
When the believer has the picture of the reward, it energizes him to pursue after righteousness Heb. 12:1-2.
When the believer walks in sanctification, he becomes untouchable to the powers of darkness 1Pet. 3:13; Psa. 125:1-3; 34:7. Righteousness invokes divine intervention against every satanic assault Psa. 34:19; Isa. 59:17-19. Therefore, run from sin and you won’t be a victim of satanic assaults and afflictions again in life.
Walking in righteousness produces peace in the believer’s life Isa. 32:17-18; 59:8. When a man is crooked, his life will be full of turbulence.
God has secrets; they are the exclusive rights of those who walk in sanctification Psa. 25:14. The secrets of God turn men into giants and greatness in life Dan. 2:19,23-30,46-48; 6:1-4,28; 1:8; Job 29:4-10.
Walking in sanctification commits God to the believer’s life. This will result in the supernatural supply of all his needs Isa. 3:10; Psa. 37:18-19,25; 33:18-19. It is sin that plunges an individual into the life of lack and penury, as it did to the prodigal sin Lk. 15:13-14.
Walking in sanctification invokes God’s blessing on the believer, this blessing goes beyond the life of the believer to his children and children’s children Pro. 20:7; Psa. 112:1-3. Abraham walked in righteousness and he was blessed, his blessing became trans-generational Gen. 15:6; 22:16-18; 24:1; Gal. 3:13-14.
This is the most significant benefit of walking in sanctification, because if the reward of all our labor end here on earth, we have lived a most miserable life 1Cor. 15:19. Walking in sanctification guarantees spending eternity, which is life after the earth, with Christ Mat. 7:22-29; 1Cor. 6:9-11; Eph. 5:5-8. No one should miss this for anything; nothing in life is worth losing eternity with Christ.
Cost of Ungodliness.
When a man indulges in sin, he loses certain precious things in life. What are some of these precious things?
God’s presence is what makes the difference in life Exo. 33:14-15. Sin will rob any man of enjoying the presence of God, and by that become exposed to the forces of life Psa. 15:1-5; 101:7; Heb. 12:14.
Favor is the answer to labor in life; labor is the life of struggle and sweat Exo. 3:21; Psa. 44:3. The fundamental requirement to favor in life is righteousness Psa. 5:12; Gen. 39:5; 44:38-44.
Anything that sin gives, does not last; it is short-lived Jer. 17:10-11. Sin will always work death in the life of the victim, and can ultimately lead to untimely physical death Ezk. 18:20-24; Jms. 1:13-15.
In conclusion, there is an answer to the sin question no matter how deep the individual has gone into sin, this answer is sufficient to salvage man from sin and its consequences. The answer is REPENTANCE Acts 2:37-38. When any man truly repents of sin, he invokes the mercy of God, which results in the forgiveness of all his sin1Jn. 1:8-10. The moment God forgives sin, He wipes it off with all the consequences, thereby giving the man a brand new life 2Cor. 5:17. When this happens, the individual can then begin to walk in sanctification. If there is no repentance, and an individual is trying to walk in sanctification, all that he does will be like filthy rags before God Isa. 64:6.
Some individuals keep postponing their repentance; but the scriptures instruct that the day God pricks ones heart is the day for repentance Psa. 95:8; Heb. 3:13-15. This is because repentance can become late, when God will not be touched again no matter how deeply sorry one is. Esau tried to repent, even with bitter crying but it was too late Heb. 12:16-17.
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