I have been trying to work through a certain situation in my life and I have to say it has been painstakingly slow and difficult to make any forward progress. Honestly, I feel like I am getting nowhere real fast and my patience is wearing thin? I literally could scream out of frustration and I mean really, really loud, but I don’t want to hurt your ears so I won’t. I can’t tell you how many times I have brought this very issue to prayer and there still is no resolution.
So, I thought God and I had to have a heart to heart.
“I’m like okay, God it is really okay with me if you step in and do something, NOW!!! ”
Then I heard this small little voice deep in my spirit say,
“Maybe this storm is about you, Deb?”
Ooo, Ouch! I have been so caught up in how I want God to fix the other person that I can’t hear Him whispering the things I am supposed to be doing. The funny thing is when I stopped worrying about how God was going to deal with the other person that’s when I received the revelation He had for me which was “sanctification”.
How many times have I asked, I want more of You, Lord? Mm, for those that don’t know me, the answer would have to be A LOT! Can I tell you when you ask for, more of You, Lord it doesn’t always come in a sweet little package like I naively thought. I realize now that if I want more of Him I have to be willing to be stretched spiritually, no matter what the cost.
In my opinion, the lesson God is trying to teach me is will I depend on Him in every aspect of my life? Will I allow myself to be sanctified? Ultimately, God wants to know will I trust and depend on Him in the storm or will I revert back to my worldly ways of trying to work through the storm in my own strength.
Galatians 3:3 (NIV) Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal in human effort?
According to The New American Webster Dictionary sanctify means 1. make holy; purify. 2. consecrate.
The Fire bible defines sanctification as the process of being set apart for God’s possession and purposes; the ongoing process of spiritual growth, development and maturity by which God refines people spiritually, prepares them for his purposes and involves them in his plans.
1 Peter 1:13 (NLT)
13 So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
God is calling for me to be sanctified on a daily basis so I can grow to depend on Him no matter the circumstance and to be able to grow to the spiritual maturity level I have been asking for.
Hebrews 12:14 (NLT) 14 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.
It amazes me how God uses the not so good times in our lives to grow us spiritually. Amen!