Saturday, August 10, 2019

SANCTIFICATION

Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4-5

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The remains of a fortification wall and entrance which was built in the times of the Byzantine Empire in Thessalonica. History is depicted on the walls as a reminder to all who pass through (see photo below).

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

In today’s reading Paul teaches us concerning the second coming of Christ, and instructs us as to how we should live. The word “sanctification” is repeated three times! As the vessels in the “Sanctuary” (tabernacle) were set aside for holy purposes, we are to live a holy life! Here’s how it’s done: (1) “Abstain from sexual immorality.” (2) “Love one another.” (3) “Lead a quiet life.” (4) “Mind your own business.” (5) “Work with your own hands.” (6) Act “properly to those who are outside.” (6) “Comfort one another.” (7) “Watch and be sober.” (7) Put on “the breastplate of faith and love.” (8) Put on “as a helmet the hope of salvation.” (9) “Whether we wake (life now) or sleep (death) we should live together with Him.” (10) “Edify one another.” These 10 powerful New Covenant commandments take us up to Chapter 5, verse 11.

Paul also gives us important guidance for our own lives. We will be blessed by reading again and taking time to digest excellent counsel from 5:12 to the end of the book. There are 12 more instructions here (not optional for all who are sanctified).

If Paul had a blog he would no doubt type the words from 5:27, “I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the brethren!”

Our key verse shows us how God will accomplish these things in our lives. This is a good verse to memorize! (5:23).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Great God of peace, I yield myself to You. I pray that You will sanctify me for Your purposes. Only You can keep me blameless; I cannot do this on my own. I thank You for working in me to accomplish Your will. In the Name of the One who always did what is right, Jesus Himself, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

In the very first letter Norma-Jean wrote to me, she used letterhead with 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 printed at the top of the page: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” She claims that she did not choose this verse on purpose; it was just the writing paper at hand. However, it has proven to be a prophetic Word for us for almost 59 years of marriage!

Yours because of the One who is FAITHFUL, “Who also will do it” (verse 24 of chapter 5),

David

Some of the history of Thessalonica depicted on the structure (described in the top photo caption).

 

8 thoughts on “Saturday, August 10, 2019

  1. Have been away a few days to a get together of 4 of us sisters remaining in our province’s capital area. Had a great time! Have been checking how to be sanctified wholly from the Apostle Paul’s writing and David’s summary. Prayed David’s prayer. Thank you Lord for the Bible and this blog that keeps us on track if we take it to heart and want to please the Lord. Trust all is well and blessings on your day and peace saints in these perilous times we live in.

  2. Thanks,Ger.Enjoy your weekend.This is a good letter to read to all Christians.I may read it the next Sunday that I read scripture,or excerpts from it.
    I must point out these words as a reminder,as Rev J.Fortier used to encourage me with: “….he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians%201%3A6&version=NKJV;NIV
    The holy Spirit will carry on His work of cleansing us within until we meet Jesus,here or up there.(kinda like removing a virus from a computer.).We can’t do it on our own.Praise God

  3. So need daily help and strength and guidance from the Lord…thanks to all the Mainse family for keeping this blog going, and for all of God’s people who keep on persevering until the day of the Lord. As Franklin Graham said, “Lord, help us to be faithful.” In Jesus’s great name, amen

  4. Happy birthday Norma Jean. A significant one this time! Your first drive test comes as a gift from the government! (It’s not hard & I believe you are a good driver). (Went through it a couple months back). Time flies!! All the best to you.

  5. Lord bless Ger, William,Rob, Doreen; Their postings bring much inspiration to me and to many others Thank You Lord amen amen
    I come to the Lord asking for His help! I ask that the Lord would bring the right person across my path that would be busy mature working person who is in need of a nice clean place to live, I have this room, I ask the Lord for His help in Jesus Name I Pray amen

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