Sanctification is a word that sounds ominous and sort of mysterious. A lot of new converts don’t actually understand what it means. It sounds like some powerful work of the Holy Ghost and it is but it’s really not all that mysterious.
Sanctification is simply the state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after conversion and baptism. How do you do that?
When you give your heart to Jesus the Holy Spirit moves in, cleans up your heart and makes it holy. In effect, you become a new creation in Christ. You are made in the image of God. There are three parts to you, however, and not all are changed at this event.
You’re saved and have become a child of God. You’re set free from your past sin and that is a free gift of God. It was easy. All you had to do was ask and believe it was so. Now you are living by faith, however, and it’s time for the real work to begin.
The Work of Sanctification
Sanctification isn’t called a work of the Holy Spirit for nothing. It isn’t an event that God does. Instead, it’s an ongoing process you both undertake to change you from the carnally minded into the new child of God you have become.
It involves a partnership between you and God where he reveals issues that need work, you agree to ask for his help realizing you can do nothing apart from him and then submit to whatever he leads you to do. He then does the rest. Miraculously you end up more Christ-like than you were before. There habits you can adopt which help promote and enhance this process.
7 Habits Leading to Sanctification
Spend Time With God
If you read my articles much you’re going to hear this over and over again. That’s because where sanctification is concerned it’s the most important piece of advice I could ever give someone who wants to get close to God. Look here’s the fact Love equals time spent. It’s the equation for any relationship you ever will have whether its a spouse, children, parents or friend.
For God, I suggest giving him the first fruit of the day or morning time. Look I know we can’t all take an hour or more every day, but what about half an hour? Could you spend even fifteen minutes with the God of the universe before you go start your day?
He Will Show You How
Ask Him to help you make that time and then listen for that still small voice. He will tell you how. But here’s the thing. Then, you must do it. Start small and let him lead you. I promise you will not be sorry. If you persevere you will gain great rewards from this one act.
Study Gods Word To Show Yourself Approved
This is as important in sanctification as spending time with him and actually is spending time with him. When you love someone you not only communicate with them but allow them to talk back to you. You make an effort to know them more. God’s word is his thoughts written down for you so you can know the truth about what he thinks and what he wants.
Here’s a tip about Studying his word though. Don’t just read it, study it. whatever issues you have in your life, whatever struggles, look them up and study everything his word has to say on the subject.
Take Inventory of All God’s Done For You.
In Judges 5:11 the word says to recount the righteous deeds of the Lord. I keep a journal and write things he’s done for me and said over me. Everything He does is important. Don’t forget what He’s done and don’t forget what he’s said.
Readout loud to yourself His words and deeds and make sure to give thanks always. God loves a thankful heart. God loved a humble heart. Humble yourself before him and Be thankful.
Listen to Your Thoughts and Your Words
Not all the thoughts that go through your mind are yours. The enemy roams around like a lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) In her book Battlefield of the Mind, Joyce Meyer explains that his attack strategy is to put thoughts into your mind that aren’t yours.
This is where the real work begins. Satan has been conditioning you all your life to think negative thoughts. That’s how he tries to control you. It is these thoughts you must take captive to Christ and change into thoughts that are sanctified by God. (Positive)
Stop Cursing Yourself and Others
Words are more powerful than you can imagine. Every word you say is a seed you are planting. So in the process of Sanctification, learn to control what you say carefully. Never say negative things about yourself or other people because God will not be mocked. What you sew you will reap. (Galatians 6:7)
Speak Gods Word Over Yourself
Don’t just study the Bible! When you find scripture that really resonates in your heart speak that scripture out loud over yourself. This is a powerful practice and will help you to heal and grow spiritually.
Bless, Bless and Bless Some More to make your sanctification complete
Finally, God has adopted you as his own child. A good son or daughter wants to be just like their father. God blesses all. He loved you when you were his enemy. He loved you when you came to him and He loves you now!
You will never be loved more or less by Him than you are right now. Sanctification requires you to give as it’s been given to you. You have been loved so, love. You’ve been blessed so, bless. It’s been given to you, so give. Be perfect as your Father is perfect and your Sanctification will be complete.
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This article inspired by Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the mind. I highly recommend it.