Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity (religious system of rules). The blood of animals was a temporary purification for the flesh.
But then the blood of Christ, pure blood of Jesus through the Spirit of God purges the conscience from dead works to serve the living God. And just because you have a conscience, doesn’t mean it’s pure. According to Titus 1:15, even a person’s conscience can be defiled.
The word “sanctification” is related to the word “saint”; both words have to do with holiness. God instructs us to be holy for He is Holy. We also learn in scripture that Holiness without which no one sees the Lord. We have to be holy, sanctified, pure to go to heaven.
The act of sanctification is a battle. It required the flesh submitting to the will and Word of God and dying to itself. We must die daily. This flesh is stubborn!
Sanctification begins in the mind. The mind is the battleground, the central station where every action first takes place , whether it’s good or bad. Therefore, if you cleanse your mind, your thoughts, then your actions will become clean and pure.
These days we have here on earth are our days of purification. This is the time to get right!
Psalms 12:2- They speak vanity everyone with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
A person with a double heart is someone capable of double-crossing and lying. A double heart will kiss and kill. A person with a double heart has a false heart; they are deceitful and treacherous.
Ex: False humility with the intention of deceiving. It’s damaging to that person and others.
Proverbs 23:7a- For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: (so will he become )..
He becomes what his heart is, thus becoming double-minded which results in instability in everything he does because… A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways… At home, on the job, at church, in Ministry, in relationships, with their finances… Etc.
A double heart is a divided, unloyal heart. A person possessing a double heart is not sure of their purpose, and they really don’t know where their true loyalty lies.
Ex: Judas Iscariot
* he was with Jesus
* then he betrayed Jesus
* then he felt bad and hung himself
In the end, Judas’ double heart caused him to self-destruct.
The heart matters.
Matters of the heart, issues of the heart, troubles of the heart are all the same. We can deceive others and tell them, “Nothing’s the “matter”, but God knows the Matters of the heart.
A person will laugh and yet have a heavy heart. Not everyone is qualified to deal with the matters of the heart…. But the Word of God is skilled in judging the heart. Everything that the heart thinks and considers is never hidden from the Word.
In a literal sense, “matter” is something that occupies space. My question to you today is, “What’s occupying the space in your heart? What is the “matter” of your heart?” Let it not be evil, malice, revenge, unforgiveness or the like. The heart can be very wicked and harbor ungodly things if we allow it.
Purify our hearts is our prayer on today. Let our hearts be free from hidden things when we cry out to God. Whatever the “matters” of our hearts are, let that space be occupied with God’s love instead.
I guess when we learn to take the persecution and betrayal and not dwell on it and ALLOW it to affect us, it is then that we realize we have grown. Initially it will hurt or might even cause confusion, but that’s the carnal, human part of us reacting first. But then we must begin to look at the spiritual aspect of things. Those that live Godly SHALL suffer persecution. What is persecution? Being oppressed because of what you believe in or being troubled persistently. It’s going to come, whether it be through friend or foe, kinsman or stranger, expect it. When it comes through kinship or friendship, there is a certain level of hurt that one experiences and many questions that run through the mind. In all of this I realize that it HAS to happen. Jesus’ betrayal HAD to happen to get him to the cross. The “kiss” from Judas was an absolute necessity. Golgotha’s hill had to be trodden. The cross he HAD to bear. It all had a purpose that must be filled.
Count it all joy!
Song of Solomon 2:15- Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
The little things do matter. It was the little foxes that were destroying the vines and hindering the process of growth. What they did was, they ate at the root (digging holes) of the vine. They were little, but destructive. You have the power and authority to stop the foxes in your life. The root of our being is our heart and mind, and if we allow what has happened in our life to eat away at our hearts and plague our minds, we won’t be productive. It might not be anything big, but get enough small issues lying dormant, and destruction lies ahead.
Catch the foxes. Get a grip on them, because if they destroy the vines, they will destroy the tender grapes.
Romans 13:11-12 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the armour of light.
Some of us need a little push to get us up and going. Now is the time to wake up. Now is the time to be alert, aware, observant. Sleep doesn’t just come with your eyes closed. So many people are physically conscious, but mentally asleep. The time is approaching for Jesus’ return. Let us be found doing a work while it’s day because the night comes when no man can work. Time here on earth is LIMITED and there’s a great work to be done. Accomplishments are yet to be made in the natural and spiritual life.
Do you ever feel as though there is not enough time in the day? There is an urgency to DO, BECOME, OBTAIN!
We’ve slept long enough. Daylight is approaching. Shake off the sleep. Peel off the sheet of darkness and put on the light.
….This is your wakeup call!