A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small package.
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century America is a land of self-exaltation. To many folks, laws,
rules, guidelines reek with negative denotations. They cramp the
individual style, and the most important thing to them is doing or
being whatever one wants. So, one by one rules and guidelines are
discarded and laws are changed to eliminate guilt. Wrongdoing is made
justifiable and acceptable to the majority by making it legal. The
Judeo-Christian ethic and morality that made this country a great
nation is being summarily discarded in favor of personal desires long
recognized as immoral.
Enter the debate on morality. What is moral? Is it not the high standard of living, and judgments graciously given to us by the Creator? But morality has become a negative to a godless generation. The same generation does not want to be classified as immoral either. So, is there a middle ground? That mindset employs a different term heard in public educational institutions and in other places as well. It is “amoral.” Codes of life; identification of what is good and evil; separation of sexes, etc., are all addressed in what is perceived to be the neutral ground of amorality. But does that vacuum exist? May civilization exist without clear guidelines of right and wrong?
By word definition, the prefix “a” is a negative as is the prefix “im.” Thus, the definition of “amoral” is “not moral.” The definition of “immoral” is “not moral.” They mean the same thing. “Amoral” is just another way of saying “immoral.” There is no moral vacuum! There is no middle ground!
Still, the world persists in the madness of depraved human nature. It is an indicator of the last days of the age. This is not happening in America alone, but is a worldwide ecumenical movement to exalt sinful humanity as indicated in the prophetic second Psalm. The few times it is mentioned in the Bible that God laughs, is in the same condemnatory context of Psalm 2:2-4. One day the “amorality” of the world will give way to screams for rocks and mountains to fall on them to hide them from the face of Him Who is coming. So, cut it clean! It is either moral or it is immoral! There is no moral vacuum! Such is only the figment of imagination in the mind of depraved humanity.
You deny yourself when you don’t pray.
Prayer is the key
that unlocks heavens
I CORINTHIANS 1:1-3; I THESSALONIANS 4:3,4
I. What Sanctification Is Not.
It is not a second work of grace so as to bring perfection and sinlessness to the body.
“Forgive us our sins” (Luke 11:4). This is a prayer for Christians. The Corinthian church was sanctified, but not perfect (I Corinthians 3:3; 5:1). “If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves” (I John 1:8). “I find then a law that when I would do good evil is present” (Romans 7:21).
II. Use Of The Word In The Bible.
1. A day may be sanctified. “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work” (Genesis 2:3).
2. God may be sanctified. “Sanctify the Lord of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread” (Isaiah 8:13).
“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them” (Numbers 20:12).
“And for their sakes I sanctify myself” (John 17:19).
3. People may sanctify other people.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes” (Exodus 19:10).
4. People may sanctify themselves (Joshua 3:5).
5. Material things may be sanctified (Leviticus 8:10).
III. What Sanctification Means To Us Today.
1. We are sanctified when we are born again. Jesus’ blood is the foundation of it (Hebrews 9:13,14). We are made fit for service to the living God by this sanctification.
Set apart by God (I John 3:9; Ephesians 1:13).
2. Jesus was made sanctification for us and He IS our sanctification (I Corinthians 1:30).
3. We sanctify our lives, our prayers and our bodies to God (Romans 12:1,2; I Timothy 4:4,5).
4. We sanctify our lives daily (Philippians 2:12).
5. It is God’s will that we sanctify our lives to Him (I Thessalonians 4:3,4). Paul tells how this is done in I Corinthians 9:27. Many lives are fuined because of lack of self-sanctification.
6. The Christian’s sanctification should be progressive. “But the path of the just is as a shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18). “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby” (I Peter 2:2).
IV. How We May Know That We Are Sanctifying Ourselves To God.
By the Word of God. “Sanctify them through thy truth, thy word is truth” (John 17:17). The word “sanctification” suggests self-denial, prayer and service.
V. The Unsaved Cannot Sanctify Himself.
Sanctification is a work of God in the heart (II Thessalonians 2:13). The soul is completely sanctified in regeneration (Titus 3:5).