Over the past 5 years as I have been teaching and sharing the things on my heart. I have also been going through a process of maturing and sanctification. The fact is, that while God receives us right where we are, He does not leave us there.
The sanctification process is one that is necessary for maturity. In its essence, it is a process of giving up all that we once held dear in this world, in the pursuit of holiness. Some may tell you that grace is a replacement for sanctification, but that is a lie. Grace is the vehicle by which we are sanctified.
“And you shall be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine” Leviticus 20:26.
I know I do not have the ability to take these steps, and that this work will only be accomplished by the power of God. His grace gives me that power and it covers up my imperfections.
This is another area where many are led astray in regards to the teaching of grace. They want the covering of imperfection, without receiving the heart of God to embrace sanctification! They want to wallow in the same pig sty, with the same filth, that they were covered in when they first came to Jesus. They ignore such sage advice as, “Do not be conformed to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Romans 12:2. Rather, they continue to pursue the very same things that led them to the foot of the cross in the first place.
One should question salvation if it is not followed by a desire for sanctification. Note the word “desire”, because this is not a perfect process.
The old sin nature continues to claw away at us trying to lead us back to that “broad road which leads to destruction” Matthew 7:13. Yet if Jesus did not die to save us from our sins, what was the purpose? If He did not die to free us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2), then why was He nailed to that tree?
Jesus did not give His all in death so that we could learn proper compartmentalization and how to receive a smattering of Jesus. No, He gave His all to get our all and do you know what? He deserves it.
Over the past few years I have written numerous times about the new season we are entering. In this season we will see the coming of the LORD and yet many will sleep on. They live in the same ways, with the same selfish desires ruling their hearts.
I’m not immune from a single word written here. I have my own battles. The lust of the flesh seeks to destroy me and it is relentless. I don’t relish the battle, but I know it must be fought.
While the struggles we face have their differences, they have far more in common. We battle against the flesh and the old sin nature which literally fights us from the grave. Those who do not enter this battle are like the ones who are floating along with the current in a seemingly lazy river. This current seems gentle as long as we succumb to it but as soon as we fight against it we don’t realize how powerful its pull on us is. What’s more, this seemingly lazy current is gathering momentum as we approach the falls. The longer we allow it to carry us along, the harder the fight when we finally choose to oppose it… and for those who do not oppose it there is only destruction.
My choice is made. I have chosen to forsake the old, dead ways and embrace the new. I choose to trust Jesus to strip away these things as continues the process of forming a new heart within me. I choose to trust and to follow Him. I pray I will not be like the horse or the mule which must be led by bit and bridle. Rather, that I will joyfully and earnestly follow in my freewill.
Yes, Sanctification is about surrender. Are you ready?
Mitch Salmon is a follower of Jesus Christ and proclaimer of the good news!