Bible Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4: 1-8
Memory Verse: “That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;” 1 Thessalonians 4:4.
SANCTIFICATION means separation from evil and set apart for the Master’s use, 2 Chron. 29:5, Lev. 27:16. It means to be purified. God wants every vessel sanctified, I Thess. 4:3. Only sanctified vessels can be used by God – 2 Tim. 2:21.
The process involves The Trinity: God the Father, Thess 5: 23-24, God the Son, Eph. 5:26, God the Holy Spirit, Tit. 3:5.
Vessels can be sanctified by The Word of God – John 15:3: 1 Tim. 4:5. Meditate on the Word of God day and night to make your way prosperous and have good success – Josh. 1:8. Sanctification is also obtainable by the blood of Jesus – Heb 13: 12: Heb. 10:29. By receiving a new heart – Eze. 36:26, that is, replacing the stony heart with a heart of flesh to become a vessel unto honour fit for The Lord’s use. To be sanctified, purge yourself of all filthiness of the flesh and spirit – 2 Tim.2: 21, 2 Cor.7: 1. If you are ready to receive the heart of flesh, you must keep God’s company and be in His presence, frequently.
Once sanctified, living a holy life becomes easy. Sin becomes ugly and abominable. You become a vessel unto honour fit for the master’s use and prepared unto every good work – 2 Tim 2:21. Then, you will be fruitful – Rom 6:22; Gal 5:22-23. You will walk in the footsteps of the Master -John 14:12, and will become a carbon copy of Jesus and receive the power to do greater works – Heb 10:14. You will become a representative of Jesus here on earth, and will also have a guarantee of an inheritance in Heaven – Acts 26: 18.
To become and remain a true believer in Jesus, you must be sanctified and cleansed in the precious blood of The Lamb. Are you sanctified? If not, work towards it so that you can be used by Jesus to do exploits. It will cost you but the rewards are huge and eternal. He will sanctify you wholly body, soul and spirit in Jesus name. But sanctify The Lord in your hearts…and be ready to defend your faith and hope but do it with meekness…and a good conscience.