Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Psalm 119:34.
In the new birth the heart is brought into harmony with God, as it is brought into accord with His law. When this mighty change has taken place in the sinner, he has passed from death unto life, from sin unto holiness, from transgression and rebellion to obedience and loyalty. . . .
Erroneous theories of sanctification, . . . springing from neglect or rejection of the divine law, have a prominent place in the religious movements of the day. These theories are both false in doctrine and dangerous in practical results; and the fact that they are so generally finding favor, renders it doubly essential that all have a clear understanding of what the Scriptures teach upon this point.
True sanctification is a Bible doctrine. The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Thessalonian church, declares: “This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” And he prays: “The very God of peace sanctify you wholly” (1 Thessalonians 4:3; 5:23). The Bible clearly teaches what sanctification is and how it is to be attained. The Saviour prayed for His disciples: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17, 19). And Paul teaches that believers are to be “sanctified by the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:16). What is the work of the Holy Spirit? Jesus told His disciples: “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). And the psalmist says: “Thy law is the truth.” By the Word and the Spirit of God are opened to men the great principles of righteousness embodied in His law. And since the law of God is “holy, and just, and good,” a transcript of the divine perfection, it follows that a character formed by obedience to that law will be holy. Christ is a perfect example of such a character. He says: “I have kept my Father’s commandments.” “I do always those things that please him” (John 15:10; 8:29). The followers of Christ are to become like Him–by the grace of God to form characters in harmony with the principles of His holy law. This is Bible sanctification.
This work can be accomplished only through faith in Christ, by the power of the indwelling Spirit of God.
Maranatha p. 231
—–update—Mom took a turn for the worse today lungs filling up with fluid.Looks like the end is near.Lord please lead us and guide us through this dark valley. Connie
—– please put my foster grandson on your prayer chain he is trying to sell his plane so he and his wife can buy some property behind his parents place out in the country. they are having their first baby the end of July,today was her last day of work her legs kept swelling up. he is out of work he is a roofer he had several jobs lined up but they all canceled out. Also pray that I can find someone honest who can rebuild my deck. M
—–Please pray for my family three of whom have asthma. They all have what I had. The fever and coughing. Carol
When Ronnie Jay and Esther Marie were little, they loved to talk to me about anything and everything. I was interested their chatter and would ask questions or make comments as we went along. Even during the teen years, when life becomes much more complicated, we kept the avenues of communication open. Even now that they are adults, they share what is going on in their lives with me.
Some of our happiest times we have are lounging in the living room reminiscing about things that had happened in the past. Parents can discover many things when listening the their adult children reminisce.
Just as these times whether in person or by phone mean so much to me, so our Dear Heavenly Father yearns to hear from us. He is bending down listening for any word from us. He, in turn, longs to impart His wisdom to us that we may not stray from the right path. What a privilege we have to be able to come before the Great Creator of the Universe and commune with Him. We can come to Him any time of the day or night as often as we desire. We can never weary Him. It is His delight to hear and answer the prayer of faith. He assures us, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jer 33:3; 29:11-13
The heartfelt prayer is so very precious to God. He cherishes each one and answers according to what is best for us. He weighs each prayer in His balances and gives us what we would choose if we could see the end from the beginning. Paul reminds us, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Rom 8:26 Think of it! He takes our prayer and changes it into the words we should have prayed! How near He is to us! How interested He is in every aspect of our life. There is nothing that escapes His notice. How great is His care for us! He wants us to be saved! He has provided Everything for us. Our Wonderful King wants “all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Tim 2:4-6 We can safely trust in Him with our whole heart!
As we develop this open communication with the Great King of the Universe, we will reflect the image of our Maker as Moses’ face glowed from being in the presence of God. (Ex 34) Our Loving Redeemer bids us, “Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” Ps 50:15 Think of it! We can glorify our Dear Saviour! We can share with others what He has done for us in return for His great kindness and mercy. As we thus share, our faith strengthens, our love for Him deepens, we find a spring of joy breaking forth from within us. As the psalmist declares, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Ps 126:5, 6
May we trust in our Heavenly Father as does a little child in his loving parent keeping His love and care ever in our thoughts. May we share with Him all of our perplexities and cares, all of our joys and plans for He will lead us and commune with us as does a loving parent with their child. May we share our Dear Saviour’s love, peace, joy, and grace with all we meet, that they, too, may bring joy to His Great Heart of Love.