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Did you know that God didn't save you just to keep you from hell and get you into heaven?

His top priority while you are here on earth is to shape you into the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29).

But at this stage of our sanctification, He doesn't do it all for us.

We have a responsibility to cooperate with Him and actively participate in the process. Yet many Christians have a passive attitude about the life of faith. They tolerate sin and smooth it over with the age-old excuse, "Nobody's perfect!"

When you received Christ as your Savior, you took the first step in your walk with Him--a walk that will last the rest of your life. However, you also stepped into spiritual warfare with Satan (Ephesians 6:12). The Enemy may have lost your soul, but he's going to do everything he can to hinder, sidetrack, and discourage you. The last thing he wants is a saint who's on fire for the Lord and useful in the kingdom.

But many believers have abdicated their responsibility to live holy lives. In fact, some of them look and act just like the unbelieving world. Sexual immorality is one area of compromise that the apostle Paul addressed specifically, but in truth, we should abstain from anything that interferes with godliness.

Have you allowed something in your life that shouldn’t be there?

If so, you need to drop it now.

You don't want a thread of sin to become a rope, then a chain, and finally a cable that traps you in a stronghold.

Turn back to the Lord, and let your sanctification continue.


Father, thank You for saving me and molding me to conform to the image of Your Son Jesus. Help me to be faithful to You, and keep me away from sinful life activities that would lead me to sin. Thank You that through Your guidance, l will grow through the knowledge of Your Word. I pray to You, in Jesus Name, Amen.

“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 (KJV)

Sanctification Isn't Passive


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