Today was an amazing time in church as the work of the Lord was felt in every area of our worship service. It was a special day as it was missions Sunday, the last Sunday of family month and the celebration of KOINONIA (fellowship) through a family brunch. Through it all I felt Acts 2:42 was being manifested.
Though I felt blessed by everything that happened, the prayer, the worship, the fellowship, the FOOD, what stood out to me was the WORD. God sent His word to us today through His servant, Dr. Zoe Simpson, my mother-in-love. The texts were Deuteronomy 23:12-14 and 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 and to fully understand I suggest you read them.
From the word it came home very strong that the Lord requires us as Christians to be sanctified. The topic of the blog was not her topic but instead what the Lord laid on my heart as I decided to share a summary with you.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the word SANCTIFY means the following:
1: to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use : consecrate
2: to free from sin : purify
Dr. Simpson mentioned three P’s that came out of the word:
- Promise of God: You are my people and I will live with you
- Presence of God: He provides for us, directs us, protects us, etc.
- Plea from God: Come out from among them and be thou separate.
The Lord is calling/ requires us, His people, to be Sanctified. How?
We are to purify our bodies from everything that contaminates it 2 Corinthians 7:1. As we know our body is the temple of the Living God as it says so in 2 Corinthians 6:16. Hence we are to treat our bodies as holy and monitor the things we let in. We therefore need to stay away from drugs, fornication/adultery, overeating, excess sugar and fat to name a few.
We should purify our spirit of everything that contaminates it. There is a need then for us to monitor the things we listen to, whether it be music, gossip, idle gestures or jokes. Also the things we look at: text messages, the types of shows, stay away from pornography.
After purifying yourself of all the things would seek to contaminate body and spirit it’s important for us to separate ourselves from them, hence sanctification. The Lord said in 2 Corinthians 6:17 “Therefore come out from them and be separate…” This will have to be radical and wholesome, not in part, meaning we have to separate from EVERYTHING that seeks to contaminate us as God’s people. The reality is that we may have to get rid of some people in our lives who act as contaminants to our spirit.
As we strive to be sanctified, let us always aim to GLORIFY God. Whatever we do, say, listen to or watch and wherever we go, let us make sure it brings glory to the Living God.