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Sanctify Them

April 7, 2016

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Sanctify Them

To sanctify means  to be made holy  —  to be set apart  and consecrated  as holy  —  to be purified  and free  from sin.

Before Jesus suffered  and died  for our sins,  He prayed  for us.     In John 17:17,  He prayed,

Sanctify them  in the truth;  Your word  is truth.

Jesus wants each  and every one  of us  to be made holy  and set apart  from the evil influences  of this world.     He wants us  to be pure  and free  from sin.     Jesus Himself live  a sanctified life  so that His perfection  could be imputed  to us  through faith.

There are all sorts  of religions  in this world  that claim  to have  “holy men”.     They call them holy  because they do a lot  of fasting  and praying  and living  in a monastery  or temple.     As far  as the human eye can see,  these  “holy men”  are set apart  from the world physically.     Their whole life style  is different  from the average person.     But,  they are not  set apart  in truth.     All their supposed piety is  for the sake  of a false,  man-made religion.

That is why  Jesus’ prayer  for us  is so important.     We need  to be made holy  (sanctified)  in the truth  of God’s word.     The truth  in God’s word shows how mankind fell  into sin  and stood condemned eternally.     Then it shows  the prophecy  of a Savior  and over thousands  of years  many more prophecies  about this one particular Savior,  who would take away  all our sins.

Then,  the truth  in God’s word shows  how all those prophecies  were fulfilled  in the one man,  Jesus Christ.     The proof  is in the pudding.     Everything we need  to know  about the truth  of God  is contained  in His word  —  the Bible.     There is absolutely no other  “holy man”  who can save anyone  from their sins.     None  of these other  various “holy men”  are sinless.     None has been prophesied  by age-old scripture.     None  of them has the power  to heal  or raise the dead either.

That is why  it is absolutely vital  for us  to stay  in the truth  —  study the truths  in God’s word  —  and believe them  because they prove themselves.     We believe  God’s word,  and then,  through faith,  God’s word sanctifies us  —  makes us holy  in God’s sight  —  truly holy  because of what Jesus  has done  for us.

As we see  what God has done  for our salvation,  we praise  His holy name  and rejoice  in God’s power  to preserve  His word  for us  over thousands  of years,  so that we may be sanctified  in His word  of truth.

Then,  with joy  and thankful hearts  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Blessed be Your name,  O Lord,  for Your love  and power  to save us  are eternal.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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