BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2019
TEXT: TITUS 3:5-7
Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.
Sanctification is the second experience of grace after salvation. As a sinner, you need salvation by grace to get your name into the book of life. As a believer, you need sanctification by grace to enter heaven.
What is sanctification? Other words for sanctification include purity, holiness.
Sanctification is the process of removing the remnant of sin in your life after salvation experience.
It is like when you wash your dirty clothes in detergent, you rinse it in clean water to remove the remaining dirt, in order to complete the cleaning process.
Sanctification is the perfection of spiritual cleansing that began when you became born again. After your born again experience, you should go back to God to ask Him to sanctify you.
Without subsequent sanctification, your adamic nature will continue to manifest in some inner striving within you. You may not be seen committing visible sins but inwardly, you will be manifesting some sinful cravings that diminish your spiritual life.
Such manifestations include anger, envy, pride and other sinful behavior that may be causing you serious embarrassments as people observing your life begin to doubt the genuineness of your salvation.
So you need to go back to Jesus and say, “Lord, do a perfecting work in me, rinse me, sanctify me;” and the Lord will do that to give your heart the freedom of righteousness, the freedom of love, and freedom from sin.
Even Jesus' disciples had this challenge while going about with Him in His ministry. They were born again, but not yet sanctified. They were exhibiting anger, jealousy and promoting unhealthy competition among themselves.
Jesus noticed it and prayed to His Father for their sanctification before His departure saying in John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Are you sanctified? Ask Jesus for sanctification to perfect you for heaven.
Thought for the day:
You need sanctification for heaven.
Song for the day:
Make me perfect, make me perfect…..
Bible reading for the day: Ecclesiastes 1-3;
2 Corinthians 9
PASTOR PAUL RIKA