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Sanctifying The Lord Within Our Hearts

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:7-8 (NKJV)

In the fifth chapter of the book of Mark there is a story of a demon-possessed man in the region of the Gadarenes.  Jesus had just come upon shore from a boat and the man spotted Him from afar.  We are told the man ran to Jesus and he began to worship Him.  He then cried out in a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?  I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”

Jesus commanded the demons to leave the man, and they responded by begging Him to allow them to enter a pack of 2,000 pigs.  Jesus demonstrated His power and authority over the demons by allowing them to enter the swine and they immediately ran down a steep place into the sea and drowned.  Those who were feeding the pigs went into the city and countryside telling others what had happened.  When the people came out they saw the man who once had a legion of demons living inside him now sitting clothed and in his right mind in the company of Jesus (Mark 5:15).

Now you would think these people would have been praising Jesus for this great miracle, but this was not the case.  Instead we are told, “They were afraid…then began to plead with Him to depart from their region” (Mark 5:15-17).

Q:         Why were these people afraid of the miracle Jesus had done?

Perhaps they were simply afraid of the power Jesus had, or maybe they feared what Jesus was going to do in their lives more than what Satan would do. After all they had already lost two thousand pigs, which were a source of income and provision.   Unfortunately they didn’t see what they should have seen.  Satan had used the demons to control this man—to cause him to live in torment and in sin.  Jesus had come to free him from the bondage of slavery and to empower him to live in peace and righteousness. 

Jesus has come to free us from the bondage of sin as well.  We have been cleansed of our sin and are free from the bondage of sin once we placed our faith in Jesus, but we can still find ourselves denying the power of God in our lives.  This happens when we refuse to surrender our will and our lives completely to Him and continue to live in sinful ways. Sanctification is a lifelong process and it will always entail us surrendering our will and embracing God’s.  It starts with our heart. 

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon this today.  Let’s ask the Lord to show us any area where we need to be cleansed in our mind, our heart, and our actions.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Scriptures in this devotional what is our responsibility?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you sanctifying the Lord within your heart continually?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to sanctify the Lord within our hearts each and every day.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for choosing us, and for dying for our sins.  We choose to sanctify You today and to allow You to come into our lives in a greater way.  We invite You to open our eyes and show us every area where we need to sanctify our lives.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott






Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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