Ezekiel 36:25, 26; John 17:17-21; 1Thessalonians 4:3-5; 5:23; Hebrews 13:12.
God’s desire is that all His children will regain the lost image at the Garden of Eden and He made provision that all who believe will be made holy as He is holy. We receive the holy nature of God when our hearts are sanctified. The heart is the factory from which the actions of our lives are produced. It is only when the heart is sanctified that it can produce fruit of the Spirit. The heart of every person that have not received Christ is full of wickedness and much evil. A heart that is not sanctified is selfish, easily irritated, does not easily forgive others, grumbles, desires and copies the ways of the world. (1Timothy 5:6, 7). While Jesus was here on earth, there was one thing He desired and prayed for most: that God should give all His friends a sanctified or a pure heart. He spent a long time praying for this because He knows that without a sanctified and holy heart, none of His friends will be able to love Him above everything on earth and make heaven at last.
Hence, the need for a sanctified heart for all friends of Jesus. Jesus, through His suffering, sacrifice and death on the cross has made available for us Salvation and Sanctification. All you need to do is to surrender all to Christ and allow Him to wash and make you clean. Our message will be considered in three parts:
1. MEANING OF SANCTIFICATION:
Ezekiel 36:25, 26. Leviticus 11:44, 45; Psalm51:7,10; 1Thessalonians 4:7; 5:23, 24;
Sanctification means to be made holy, pure, clean and free from sin. It also means to be cleansed from moral corruption and pollution. Sanctification can also be defined as being free from the power of sin. There are other words or phrases that have the same meaning with sanctification. These are: Holiness, purity of heart, righteousness, perfection, clean heart among others. According to Leviticus 20:7-8, there are two parts to sanctification:
The first part: “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your
God” (Leviticus 20:7). This first part is for a child who desires to be sanctified. Such a
child must separate himself from the pollutions, uncleanliness, and all the worldly ways of life of the ungodly children by being truly born again. The second part: “And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you” (Leviticus 20:8).
This is the part where God cleanses, purifies and uproots all sinful (Adamic) nature from the life of a child that is willing and ready to be sanctified. Such a child is made holy and he loves God with all his heart. Sanctification is called the second work of grace because you can only pray for it after you have become a friend of Jesus through repentance from sins. A sanctified heart makes us holy and fit to do God’s work and live with Jesus forever in heaven. Without a sanctified heart, there is no heaven. “No holiness, no heaven”.
2. MARKS OF A SANCTIFIED HEART AND LIFE:
Deuteronomy 6:5; 1Thessalonians 5:23.
A sanctified heart is the new and holy heart that God gives to His children in exchange for our corrupt and dirty heart. Many children do not understand the difference between salvation and sanctification. Sanctification is a higher Christian experience than salvation, at salvation all outward sins are gone, forgiven and cleansed. Guilt and condemnation are removed, pardon, joy and peace with God are received. At sanctification, not just the outward sin but all the inward sins are cleansed. The body of sin (the root, nature; the whole tree of sin) is destroyed. The inherited sin in the heart is taken away. At sanctification the power of sin is broken and cancelled. Fullness of joy and perfect peace that passeth all human understanding is received. Holiness of life, total consecration and perfect love for God is also experienced at sanctification. How do you and others know whether you have a sanctified or righteous heart or not?
Our Lord Jesus Christ says by their fruits you will know them. (Matthew 7:20). The fruits of the life of someone with a sanctified heart are shown in the acronym of the word S-A-N-C-T-I-F-I-E-D:
S-Separated from sin and sinners in the world- (2 Corinthians 6:17).
A-Abiding in Christ through sincere devotion (John 15:4,5).
N-Noble in character and conduct – (1 Thessalonians 2:5-10; Acts 17:11). C-Consecrated unto God and His service- (Jeremiah 1:4-5, Acts 20:22-24).
T-Temperate in all things – (1 Corinthians 9:25).
I-Integrity and Innocency – (Job 2:3; Daniel 6:22).
F-Faith and Faithfulness (1Corinthians 4:2; Hebrews 3:1,2,5,6; 11:6).
I-Interceding- (Jeremiah 27:18; 1Timothy 2:1-3; Colossians 1:2,3).
E-Excellent spirit and Exemplary- (Daniel 5:12; Philippians 3:17).
D-Divine Love- Having experienced the love of God they also demonstrate Christlike love to others (2 Corinthians 12:15; Philemon 5).
It is beautiful to bear the fruits of a sanctified and righteous life. After you have received salvation, press forward with strong desire for sanctification and holiness of heart, and earnestly pray in faith, God will answer and sanctify your heart. The Lord who saved you from sin, as you pray, will wash your heart whiter than snow with His blood.
3. MAINTAINING A SANCTIFIED HEART AND LIFE TILL THE END:
1Thessalonians 5:23; Psalm 42:1; Hebrews 12:14
The word ‘maintaining’ speaks of the need to continue in activities that will help you to live a holy life until you meet Jesus. This glorious and beautiful experience can be kept throughout your Christian life if you keep abiding in Jesus. To remain sanctified through the grace of Christ you must:
Abstain from all appearance of evil and keep yourself pure- (1Thessalonians 5:22).
Build up your faith by daily reading, meditating on and obeying the word of God
– (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:9,1). Intercede and pray always- (Luke 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
D-Deny self and the things of the world – (Matthew 16:24 1John 2:15-17).
E- Endure hardness and continue in fellowship with other true friends of Jesus
– (2 Timothy 2:3,4; Hebrews 10:25).
Rise up and pray with faith, that Jesus will reach down to the depth of your heart and
pull up the root of sin, put His righteous nature within you and sanctify you wholly: that your spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless to the coming of Christ. (1Thessalonians 5:23).
1. What is sanctification?
2. Only boys and girls who have turned away from sin and are forgiven by Jesus can pray for a sanctified heart. Yes or No?
3. Mention five fruits of a sanctified heart.
4. How can a child with a sanctified heart keep her heart pure till Jesus comes?
5. How can a saved child receive a pure heart from Jesus?