Today, I was talking to a friend and they were mentioning about a sin they had a problem with and how our enemy, the devil was making them feel guilty about it even though asking the Father to forgive them. That person resisted the enemy and he did flee and my friend is doing great, learned a lesson, and walking in victory.
I thought about how when we are born again and as we learn God’s Love, laws, and commandments, we begin to grow in Him and shed our old habits and sins and become a new creature in Yeshua.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
For too many years I believed that once I had “been saved”, accepted Yeshua as savior, born again, baptized, filled with Holy Spirit, reading my bible, that I would never sin again. I believed that by my will this could be done. After many years of failing to live the “pure, holy” life I thought I should live, and failed miserable time and again, I basically gave up and worked on being a “good” person yet doing some things that I thought were alright with God…as long as I loved Him, and my neighbor as myself. I soon found out that being a “good” person was not that easy and again tried to become holy and pleasing to God by self will. Well, that didn’t work out either. I didn’t give up but finally went humbly before God and asked Him for His help.
At that point in my life, about 30 years after becoming a Christian, I had hurt many and disappointed myself, my children, family, and friends. I was about as miserable as one can get and fell into a deep depression. I reasoned in my unreasonable way that God needed help with me. So again trying to help myself I went to a doctor and laid out my life and all the mistakes I had made. Then came the psychological testing, medication, counseling and a lot of self condemnation and guilt. Nothing helped until my doctor medicated me up enough so I wouldn’t really care any more. At least I could smile again, work, carry on a relationship with my husband and enjoy my grandchildren somewhat. But…OH NO!…in quiet times or boring times, or just suddenly, I would feel the weight of my sin and try to sleep it off with the help of medication.
Life goes on and changes are sure to happen. My husband died, (more medication), my mother needed help so I lived with her until she passed away. During the time with her, a lot of junk in my past about my early life was finally understood and I began to feel better about myself. Being with my mother was very healing. I found out that she loved me just the way I was and knowing that brought me a lot of peace about myself.
I really didn’t mean to get off into all this but hey, I’m going with it. Maybe my kids will read it someday and understand a little more about why their mother was the way she was. Or not…Guess I’m just rambling but why not! LOL!
Before my husband died, I met some people who loved God’s Word and followed a lot of Jewish teaching, practiced Shabbat, and the festivals, didn’t practice christmas, easter, or halloween, taught and lived by the 10 commandments + 613 (mostly for priest) and had a home fellowship. I had dropped out of sunday church some years earlier (another story) and realized that Jesus/Yashua was Jewish and wondered what the early church looked like and how they worship. These people had wondered the same thing and were trying to live the way the early church did. I liked it a lot! Reminded me of the HS term theme I wrote about the history of christmas.
As usual, life changes again, husband died, mom died, and I was and am living alone for the first time ever in my whole life. I like it! At this point, I’m retired, living partly with government help, and digging my heels into learning all I can about how God/Yahweh/Elohim wants me to live. I can say honestly, that I’m happier than I have been since a child! I have a dog, and work a part time job caregiving for the elderly. Sadly, all is not well. My children rarely speak to me and I only see my grandchildren when I go see them and that is with an appointment. So, I live with some sadness. So what! Life has mostly been miserable and boring except for the joy my children gave me and other activities that only brought very temporary happiness. I had wanted to travel in my life but that has rarely happened. Anyway, I know that I am a lot better off than most and that is alright. I know I am blessed and it has all been from God.
Changes are coming…I can feel it. Nothing stays the same for long.
So, back to being sanctified. At the bottom of this is Strong’s concordance explanation or definition for sanctification. I think it explains it pretty well. My point is that we are BEING SANCTIFIED. It’s an ONGOING PROCESS in our relationship with God. WE can’t do this work, I found out by trial and error, but as we wholly submit all of ourselves to Him and ask Him to do this work in us, and as we read and dig into His Word, receive willingly His correction, He will do this work in us. As long as we live on this earth, we will be an earthen vessel with faults and impurities. To become pure china or gold, we have to go through a very hot fire. (another story) If we want Him to, He will teach us, clean us up, and use us for whatever purpose He has. We do have a purpose in this world. There is a battle for us going on but His Word clearly says that if we trust Him, He will win the battle for us, in us, and through us. Amen
More to come about being brought forth as gold and silver are extracted from the rock or metal.
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
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