Lunchtime live sermon
"Salvation and then Sanctification…"
God will do exceedingly abundantly above all we can think of ask according to the Spirit that worketh in us. Worketh in us … that “eth” means it is continual. People that are filled with the Holy Ghost have Him dwelling in them. However, just having his Spirit dwelling in us doesn’t help us unless we allow Him to Work in us continually. Thus the “worketh” in us in this scripture is vital to our salvation and sanctification. Salvation was bought for us at Calvary. When we are born again of the water and of the spirit according to the word of God in John 3:5 which says Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born ofwater and the Spirit. Following the instructions on the way to do this is found in Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, That is us accepting and submitting to the purchased salvation that our Sweet Jesus bought for us on the Cross when He died for our sins. However, the process of salvation starts when we come up out of the water. That is when the Scripture Ephesians 3:20-21, Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Salvation is a continual process of growth. It moves at a pace that we can handle or that we will allow God to move in us at. Everyone’s process is different because we don’t all process things the same and we all come from different places. Our minds, hearts, and emotions are different. However, the process of sanctification is necessary after the process of Salvation to ensure Spiritual growth. We must go through the process in our own way but we must keep moving forward.
As ambassadors of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to this world, we are sent out to seek those that are lost and help them find Jesus and know Him for themselves. In this action we must seek personal sanctification and at the same time assist others to find salvation through Jesus Christ and then walk on this journey of sanctification. In doing so we must learn to not only recognize but respect their process and their walk as different but in pursuit of the same end goal of spending eternity in Heaven with our Lord Jesus. An example that comes to mind is part of a sermon that God gave me recently. One morning as I was making coffee, I heard a thought go through my mind. Differences don’t have to divide. This was the title to the sermon He gave me. After hearing this thought, The thoughts ran through my head that my husband likes to drink instant coffee and I like mine made in an old fashion percolator that you put on a burner and wait for the coffee to “perk” through the filter. I love the smell of the coffee as it cooks and ambiance that the smell creates in my kitchen as I make OUR coffee. At the same time my coffee is percolating in the pot I have a kettle that is on a different burner with just water in it. I put out two cups and prepare his with the instant coffee, sugar and creamer that he likes. I put sugar and the creamer I like in my cup. Both cups awaiting that hot liquid to mix with what is in the cups to make a finished product of “coffee”. They both usually finish about the same time and I mix them both and take my husband his and WE sit and drink OUR coffee TOGETHER. The process that is takes to get to the finished product of our individual cups of coffee are different, yet our end goal is to share a cup of coffee. His made his way and mine made my way. This is an example of the process of sanctification. I may fight things in my life or have things in my “closet” that you don’t have in yours from your past. So God has to help me deal with those things I have in my past just like he helps you deal with yours but the process for both of us is different because we are different and have different pasts, however, the end goal is a closer walk with God. This is why the process of sanctification is so important. Salvation was given to us for free but Sanctification and the anointing that comes with that process and that closer relationship with God will cost you something. It will cost you giving up your past and laying aside pride, unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, strife, sin, death. It will cost us the bondage that hell would put on us. The process to growth that comes with sanctification and how fast or slow that process is will depend on us. We move as fast or slow as we allow God to work with us in this process. Also, we can help others with this process by giving them spiritual support and helping them know that they are not alone in this. Also, by letting them know that no matter where they are in the process we are there for them and we can help them learn and grow in the word of God and we can share the word of our testimony to let them know, “hey, if God can do it for me… he can do it for you too.” So with that being said I leave this with you. I pray that God will touch you and show you how to move safely and strongly through this process of sanctification we are on. Always remember this during this process, the main thing is to keep your relationship with Jesus Christ first and foremost in all things and the process of sanctification will be an easy one. The more you fall in Love with Him the more your desires become like his own. He is for you and He is with you. Please remember this.. Jesus Loves you. Just like you are, no matter where you are in the process, He loves you. He died for you and He rose again to come again as your comforter. He is here and will dwell in your soul if you allow him to. The Bible says in Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." This power and being this witness is what we are called to. So today, our walk in this process of sanctification after the new birth of Salvation, we can be a witness to others as to the powerful touch of Jesus Christ in our lives. OH, I just heard that… “who am I? Who wants to hear what I have been through?” Well, I am here to tell you that your words of how God has helped you and how He has brought you through so much will help others to know that He can help them too. Trust me, I used to feel that way too. But God took me from that point to now being a soldier in His army. So, I am a living testimony of His power in action during a process of sanctification in my own life. I pray that my testimony and the walk God has me on can be a help unto many. I pray this same thing for your life. Now, I have a question for you. Have you received the salvation that was bought and paid for by our Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary? If not, then let me know and we can talk about how this can happen in your life. If you have, then my next question is How is your walk in this process of sanctification? Last question… Now that you are on this walk of sanctification, will you share your testimony to help someone else on their walk of sanctification? I pray you do. I know I will.
For now, I will leave these questions with you. Just a little food for thought. May our Jesus Watch between me and thee until we speak again. God bless you all.
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