KEY SCRIPTURE: John 17:17 KJV “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
To be sanctified means to be SEPERATED from profane things, and to be devoted to God. It also means to live a life of holiness. Our father is a holy God and we can’t fellowship or function with Him without being holy. 1Peter 1:16 KJV” Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy”. The Lord shows us the way of the sanctified life from our key scripture. He sanctifies His life by living by the truth.
Now note this, hearing or listening to the word does not sanctify us. It is when the word is believed and applied that it sanctifies. Having soap in your hands does not make you clean. It is applying it to the sponge and washing your body that makes your body clean. The Lord led a sanctified life. John 17:19 KJV “And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth”. He kept applying and acting on the word always.
God cannot use vessels that are not sanctified. God’s word should be the only source of influence of the child of God.
The Lord Jesus taught that ” For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:” These are that which defile the man Mark 7:21-23. The child of God must not allow these things to function in us.
Proverbs 4:23, teaches us to keep our hearts with all diligence, for out of it proceed the issues of life. The heart can also be kept by what one allows into the mind. The mind must continually be kept renewed as well as to focus on the word of God. It must be the desire of the child of God to continually seek to please the Lord at all times. If one’s mind does not admit wrong thoughts and sinful ways, there is no way the things spoken of by the Lord will be in the heart. To lead a sanctified life your mind must be constantly sanctified.
My mind is the center of influence of my being. I feed my mind with the word and I act on it always. I do not allow any defiling thought into my mind. In this way my heart is constantly kept clean and whole. Thank you, Lord.
John 15:3 KJV” Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you”.
Romans 12:2 KJV” And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”