Posts Tagged ‘sanctification’

  

“So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you.” (Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬ NLT)

In the rural south, High School football is king! When the Friday Night Lights go on, many communities shut down and become ghost towns. For a brief period in the fall, a whole community gathers in the bonds of brotherhood and school pride, making memories that last a lifetime. But great teams are made on Monday morning, not Friday night. 

In the Bible, ‘Sanctification‘ simply means to be set apart for God’s use and glory. Oswald Chambers describes our struggle to be set apart this way: 

“Sanctification requires our coming to the place of death…There is always a tremendous battle before sanctification is realized—something within us pushing with resentment against the demands of Christ. When the Holy Spirit begins to show us what sanctification means, the struggle starts.”

Just as great High School football players are fashioned in the heat and struggle of practice, so too are spiritual warriors created through the heated battle in their own souls. Allow your old nature to be conquered and you will see a better You be raised up for others to follow! Let your own light shine by fighting the personal fight to be holy every morning! You are loved today! 

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And we were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭3‬ NKJV)

According to an article from India, much debate has existed as to why tigers kill and devour people. The author stated that “no responsibility can be attributed to the animal for its actions. The tiger can no more be blamed for killing and devouring than the atom for its blind movements, the fire for burning and consuming or the storm for its destructions…We can see clearly enough that it is not really the tiger, but Nature in the tiger that kills, it is Nature in the tiger that devours”.

It’s easy to look at the fallings and failures of others and give religious commentary as to what’s wrong with them. Truth is, we still contend with our own fallen natures. Though my heart belongs to God, that sin nature must still be overcome. How do I know it exists? If it didn’t, then I’d never face temptations and Satan couldn’t keep me from being a perfect person! It exists in all of us!

Our Christ Life journey is to keep that nature bowed in submission to Jesus Christ. It is a united effort of my desire to belong to Him and his work of trimming away inside of me. Come to Church tomorrow with a made-up mind that Christ will have His opportunity to keep changing your nature! Give yourself the chance to change your stripes! You are loved today!