February 28, 2014
The word sanctify is not as mystical or difficult as some seem to think. It simply means “to be set apart.” The primary Bible meaning of the word is “to set apart from Satan and sin unto God.”
In the Old Testament, God on the earth dwelt in the tabernacle or temple, and they were said to be “sanctified unto the Lord.”
We read in 2 Chronicles 7:16 – “For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually”.
But in the New Testament days, God dwells in the hearts of believers.
Stephen says in Acts 7:48 – “However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands…”
And the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:16 – “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
Why do we need to be sanctified? Well, it’s because all of mankind are sinners, and as sinners sold out to the Devil, we are “set apart” unto sin. If we are to see God and dwell with Him forever, we must belong to Him by being “set apart” for God.
My friend, think for just a moment, are you truly saved? Have you been taken out of Satan’s kingdom and placed in God’s kingdom? If you want to be sure, I want to ask you right now to put your trust where God has put your sin, on Jesus. You can pray the following prayer:
“Dear Lord I know that I am a sinner, I know that I need a Savior. I put all my trust in this fact alone, Jesus died on the cross for me, and my sin, personally. I believe that with all of my heart. I am asking you right now to come into my heart and save me. Thank you now for saving me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”
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