Sanctified By Truth

Sanctify them by Your truth.
Your word is truth.

(John 17:17)

LORD Jesus, Son of God, we praise You for You are the Word and the Truth by which we will be made free. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we present any kind of excuse for not diligently being in the Word. Help us to abide in You. Guide us so that we will understand what the Spirit is saying to the Church — to God’s People, the Body of Christ — today. Enable us not only to be hearers but also to be doers of the Word. May all be done to Your glory. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

God promises us that we would find Him if we would seek Him with our whole heart. And what a day it has been when our eyes were opened and we have found the Savior. We were made free. Salvation had come to us — to our house. Hallelujah!

Ever since that time, how is our sanctification coming along? Today’s verse says that we are sanctified by God’s Truth and that His Word is Truth. Knowing this we must get into the Word on a daily basis.

And you shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free.

(John 8:32)

Yes, the Truth — and nothing but the Truth — is able to make you free (salvation is of the LORD); but it is also the Truth — and nothing but the Truth — that is able to sanctify you. That’s why searching and studying the Scriptures is so important for us.

God calls us to be saved, but He also calls us to be holy.

Sanctification is important. God commands us in His Word to be holy (and this is not an Old Testament thing by the way),

because it is written, “BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

(1 Peter 1:16)

Study the Truth and abide in His Word today.

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Fear and Joy

But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

(Proverbs 1:33)

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are the Word and full of wisdom that calls us to listen and to obey. Forgive us, precious LORD Jesus, whenever we seek earthly instead of divine counsel. Help us to love knowledge that comes from You. Enable us, O God we pray, no matter what the situation, to call upon Your holy name for guidance and for help. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

The Fear of the LORD

God’s Word says that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10) and it is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7). You see, choosing the fear of the LORD is good and the right thing to do for the children of God. I challenge you to do a search on this phrase in your Bible (using a software like eSword or a online Bible platform) to find out more about it.

Fear and joy always go together

A while back my husband and I listened to a sermon in which the preacher mentioned how the fear (of the LORD) and joy (in the LORD) connect. He was referring to Leviticus 9:23-24, and I began to understand the connection of fear and joy as he interpreted these verses.

Stumbling across Proverbs 1:29-33 this morning I was reminded of this sermon again. The preacher’s words came back to my mind, and I thought of how fear and joy connect in this world, too.

With Fear and Trembling

Psalm 2:11 says that we ought to “serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.”

You see, whenever we begin with the fear of the LORD we will find true Joy; but disconnecting Joy from its true Source, however, will only end in a false sense of joy and eventually in a fear of evil.

Choose the fear of the LORD today.

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Yes, or No!

But above all, my brethren, do not swear,
either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath.
But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,”
lest you fall into judgment.

(James 5:12)

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are the Word and the Truth. Forgive us, O LORD we pray, whenever we are seeking the wrong counsel and whenever we are taking the wrong advice seriously. Help us to see clearly what it is that You want us to read, hear, and do. Guide us in our thoughts and in our actions. Enable us to be living testimonies to glorify You. Let all be done on earth as it is in heaven. For Yours is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

When asked about the differences of living in Germany, the States, and Ireland, one of the things I mentioned was that some of the Irish people do confuse me with their answers.

This is not really a strict “Irish” kind of thing, though.

Yes and No in Germany

In German, for example, we have a word called “Jein” which is short for “Ja-Nein” — “Yes-No” combined. Of course we use it in a humorous way, at least most of the time. If it is, however, being used as a reply to a serious question, it is no longer funny at all.

If You Need Anything in the US

While living in the States I have bumped into some people who would offer “all the help I could ask for” but who have not been that serious about it — as I found out later.

This is not a problem due to people belonging to a specific nationality, but it is a matter of taking people, their word, and our word, more seriously.

Avoid Confusion. Let your “Yes” be a “Yes” and your “No” be a “No” today.

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