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Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. John 17:17 (NKJV)

In the Book of Joshua we see the story of God leading His people across the Jordan River.  It was a big challenge for them to undertake and without the Lord they would have failed.  The Jordan River is usually about a hundred feet wide, except during the fall months when its waters increase, causing it to flow faster, run deeper, and be up to a mile wide.  Joshua was told to cross this river at the peak time of the season when it would have been at its widest.

The night before they crossed the Jordan, Joshua instructed the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you” (Josh. 3:5).  The word, sanctify means to set apart or to prepare.  So God wanted the people to be prepared, because He wanted to do wonders among them.  I believe God still desires to do mighty wonders among us today, but we, like the Israelites, must sanctify ourselves.  

Q:         So how are we to be sanctified, or prepared for God to do His mighty wonders within our lives?

Well, first and foremost, we are to be sanctified by the blood of Jesus.  This initial sanctification is totally a work of God, and it happens when we place our faith in Him as our Lord and Savior and confess our sins (Acts 26:18; Heb. 10:10; 1 John 1:9).  Once we have made our profession of faith, we are set apart unto God, and are no longer our own (1 Cor. 6:19-20).  We are now responsible to sanctify (set apart) the Lord continually within our own hearts (1 Pet. 3:15).  We do this by emptying out (repenting of) any sinful ways we have held on firmly to within our lives, and by replacing these things with the holy things God has instructed us to do, as outlined within His word (John 17:17; Rom. 12:2).  We must be willing to examine our own hearts continuously, and to even ask the Lord to examine them so as to reveal any wicked ways (Ps. 139:23-24; 1 Cor. 11:28).

Think of your heart as an empty water pitcher, and the iniquity within your heart as ice cubes within the pitcher.  Now, think of the Scripture’s within the Bible as warm water (cf. Eph. 5:26).  As you prayerfully read and meditate upon God’s word within your mind, it will begin to make its way down into your heart, and it will diminish the filthy “ice cubes” of sinful desires, and wickedness, and wash them away, making more room for God to take His rightful place. We should continually ask God for a fresh filling of His Spirit (Eph. 5:18), so we can be sanctified for His great wonders and works within our lives. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 17:17, what was Jesus asking God to do by the power of His written word?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you sanctifying the Lord Jesus in your heart each day, and allowing His word to wash away the filth of the enemy?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to examine Yourself continually.  Ask the Lord to examine your hearts as well, and for Him to reveal anything evil you need to allow Him to remove from your life.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for sanctifying me by the blood of Your only begotten Son, Jesus.  Examine my heart today and reveal anything I need to repent of.  Give me Your strength to walk in newness of life today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott




Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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