Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Sanctification- God Making Himself Known


Joel 2:16 Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room.
Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.”

Many of us know about the Revelation of Christ as the Bridegroom and the Body of Christ as the Bride.  As it pertains to the doctrine of the return of Christ, we know that this is described as the bridegroom returning for his bride. That's not my subject so I won't post those scriptures at this time.  As we await the return of the bridegroom, he is making himself known, gathering and drawing those that "will be" his.

1 Peter1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,  To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied. 

Sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit. He is gathering, sanctifying, & assembling- prior to the bridegroom coming. Did you know Jesus is married to you? He's married to you whether you are walking close or whether you are a backslider. He is the groom that takes back a wife that has fallen away. He is the groom that will not turn you away if you want to be with him. Run into his arms today! He is anxiously awaiting you to be gathered into his arms.

Sanctification is the act of God separating his people, both those that know him and those that don't yet know him. If you are feeling drawn by his Spirit, then you are being drawn by his Spirit. If your mind is wandering to a place of wonder, God himself is causing you to think about him. Your part of sanctification is yielding and allowing him to make changes in your life, whether that change is a fresh commitment to him or a commitment to walk away from some type of behavior that is dishonoring him! Your part is to draw near and move closer. The time is now! It's time to surrender to God. Turn around, look and listen! God is moving and speaking by his Spirit and he's moving toward us with great compassion and longing!

The time is now to let God sanctify himself in your eyes and you in his! Sanctification by God and for God- himself & you together forever! Amen!

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