Monday, February 6, 2017

The Process of Being Made Whole

UV 2194/10000 The Process of Being Made Whole
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Thessalonians 5 v 23

The PUSH factor is very important in the life of the manger leader or manager. PUSH implies Pray Until Sanctification Happens. In this uni-verse, Paul prayed for those he led, taught and ministered to that their whole spirit, soul and bodies are kept blameless till the second coming of Jesus. Sanctification means making perfect, whole, holy, pure, complete, blameless, flawless or blemishless. Jesus first sanctifies us by faith through the washing and regeneration of new life by His blemishless blood. He then sends the Holy Spirit to do the work of sanctification. We need to immerse ourselves in the Word that is the water that purifies us from the inside. As sanctification happens, we will find both peace and grace.
Sanctification happens as we apply what we learn from the Word in our day to day lives. All our organs need to be made whole: our eyes need to be freed from lust on a day to day basis. Our mouths and tongues need to be sanctified so that our speech is wholesome and beneficial to all. Our ears should hear only things we are meant to hear. The hearing of negativities, gossip, lies, vulgarity corrupts our inner soul and affects our attitudes and perceptions. Our minds need to be sanctified by saturation with the thoughts of God contained in the Word so that we think about what is good, noble, pure, healthy, praiseworthy and pleasing to the Lord. Our hands should do things that are pleasing to the Lord. Our legs should take us only to places where the Lord allows us to go. Doing or obeying what we have learnt, heard, seen, understood in the Lord and His word as well as His disciples and our mentors is part of the process of making our bodies, minds and spirits whole and blameless.

Our intentions, goals and priorities need to be pleasing to the Lord. If our intentions are good, if we are sincere and earnest in pursuing wholesome goals, the Lord will give us grace or help and favour in achieving these. God is the One who sanctifies us in the body of Christ, removing that which needs to be removed and adding that which needs to be added. But our willing cooperation adds to the progress of the process. We also need to keep praying till sanctification happens in every area and part of our lives.

Prateep V Philip

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