WHAT IS SANCTIFICATION?

For this is the will of God, your sanctification… 1 Thessalonians 4:3 (NKJV)
“How can I know God’s will for my life?” Here’s an answer to that question that’s correct one hundred percent of the time: God’s will for you is sanctification. Sanctification means separation, and it speaks of the process by which a believer’s life becomes separated from the things of the world and at the same time becomes separated unto the things of the Lord.
It’s always God’s will for us to become more separated unto Him. He wants our lives to track in His direction because it also happens to help us understand and experience His will for our lives. Watch what Paul says in the Book of Romans about this:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 NKJV)
Do you see the sanctification process as we’re commanded to not conform to this world, but to be transformed and to renew our minds? And do you also see that in doing this, by being sanctified, that we’re then able to prove God’s good and acceptable and perfect will of God? It’s a cycle: we know God’s will is that we be sanctified, and as we’re sanctified, we’re all the more Equipped to know and discern God’s will.
The will of God and sanctification go hand in hand. Sometimes people complain about not knowing God’s will for their lives. Well, start with sanctification (which is His will to begin with) and see what happens. Separate yourself to the things of God, decide to live a sanctified life, and you can’t help but discover His will for your life.
Think about it…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?

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