Sep. 12, 2021
As believers, we need to be "set apart" from the world unto the Lord.
God isn’t calling us to be perfect, but to be clearly different from the world.
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
The Holy Spirit lives in those:
- who have submitted themselves to God
- who have repented of their sin
- who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.
"We in Christ equals justification: Christ in us equals sanctification.” - Martin Luther
God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— 1 Thessalonians 4:3
We will only be holy in proportion to how much we yield (give in) to the Spirit and NOT to the flesh.
- Surrender, Obedience, Humility.
- Stop seeking God on our terms.
- Stop ignoring what is right in front of you.
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Obedience comes from faith.
Key: God’s part is to make us holy by placing within us his sanctifying Holy Spirit.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. Galatians 5:16
God encourages us to give up and (surrender) more to his process of sanctification.