Saturday, February 16, 2013
Sanctified by Truth
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17
When we read God's word, it separates those things in us that glorify the Lord from those things that displease our Master. The words from the Bible are alive; they have the power to divide our souls (our mind, will and emotions) from our spirits (the recreated part us that was perfected at salvation) (See Hebrews 4:12). The word rakes the debris that pollutes us and causes us to walk uprightly. We become well-groomed lawns void of leaves and garbage.
The Scripture is a potent spiritual cleansing agent. Paul said that Christ cleanses us by the washing with water through the word (Ephesians 5:26). We are to expose ourselves to its sanctifying power daily. When we invite the written word of our Father deep within our hearts, we are enabled to grow up in Him; we become more holy, and we more accurately reflect the One who saved us.
In order for Jesus to have His way with us, we must commit to being a doer of the words we read. When we obey the Bible through the power of the Holy Spirit, we align ourselves with the One who desires to bless and prosper us (See Psalm 1).
Let's make it our daily practice to feed on God's word. It is our manna from heaven. Let's allow Christ to sanctify us by His truth, His life-giving word. When we allow Him to renew our minds through the washing of the word, we become more useful in our Lord's service, and we bring God the Father great pleasure.
Dear Father God,
Help me to sit daily before You as I feast on Your word to me. Help me to obey your truth. Sanctify me Lord and make me holy so that I can be used in greater ways for Your glory. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.