Expect Goodness from Sanctification

File May 21, 4 00 04 PMSome Christians think sanctification is invasive so they don’t embrace it. That’s a problem because the more we look like Jesus, the more the world will see Him!  There is much goodness that comes from sanctification.

The other day I was subconsciously seeking validation when suddenly God slid a gigantic stop sign in my face. I saw a quote at the precise moment God wanted me to see it.

My flesh didn’t like it, but my mind and heart had spiraled out of control, and He wanted me to stop it.

My spirit and my flesh are in a tug of war. I get caught in cycles of defeat. I pull my mind into the parking spot marked “Lies.” Or, I sin… Again.

I want to think, I can’t do this. God doesn’t want me to stay in that mindset any more than he wants me to shrug my shoulders and declare, “God’s grace covers it,” and do nothing (Romans 6:1-2).

The struggle is real. (Maybe you can relate?)

During this place of battle He begins to speak to my heart. He invites me to come and know His Word.

I was pondering how to share this with you when the Five Minute Friday prompt came up as “expect.” Suddenly the 5 points below took shape.

5 Surprising Good Truths about Sanctification

1. It brings freedom. Observe the bolded words:

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. Romans 6:22 KJV

“If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 HCSB

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25 NASB

2. It is a conditional process. Because God knows what’s best for us, He requires that we keep coming to His Word. Notice the conditional words:

If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 HCSB 

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25 NASB

3. It is an ongoing work. God is continually working on our lives whether or not we’re intentional about speaking His Word because that is what He desires.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Phil. 1:6 NLT

4. It is a treasure hunt. We will discover the treasures of His Word when we search out what God says regarding our specific situations. As we apply the verses we’ve found, we will increase in the knowledge of God, and know Him more.

5. It fills our heart. When we pray and meditate on His treasure-filled truth regularly, His Word becomes hidden in our heart (Psalm 119:11).

Jesus is coming back for a church that looks like it’s been to the dry cleaners (Eph. 5:26-27), but until then we’re in the process of being sanctified. It’s when He changes us from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18), and as a result we grow in grace. As we continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12-13), and be a doer of the Word (Jas. 1:23-25), then we become spiritually mature.

Therefore, dear friends, since we have such promises, let us cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, completing our sanctification in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 HCSB

Let’s embrace sanctification because the more we are free, the more we can help others!

What do you expect from the process of sanctification in your life? Share in the comments below.


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6 thoughts on “Expect Goodness from Sanctification

  1. Hi, Kelly, I love what you said about making the Bible a treasure hunt. I sometimes sit with a passage and just intend to read it, nothing else. What would happen if I looked at it with eagerness and expectation, like I’m actually going to get something great out of it? A lot transformation, I’m sure of it. Thank you for stopping by my blog this week. It’s great to meet you!

    • There are so many nuggets to mine! When I’ve gone on these types of treasure hunts I feel so satisfied at the end. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  2. I know that parking lot “lies” you speak of … I have been there a million times. Amazing how the enemy fills our mind with them and I love your response. Because only in God’s Word do we find the truth. The stuff we need to fight this. Good word today. Thank you for sharing! Visiting from Five Minute Friday

    • Yes, we have all been there, and sometimes we don’t even realize it. I love that He shows us the lies and gives us the two-edged sword of His Word. Thanks for stopping by!

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