Jehovah Mekadesh is our sanctifier; what is it to be sanctified? The Hebrew word for sanctify is “Qadash”, meaning to devote to a purpose with deep solemnity or dedication. The word sanctified means to make holy; set apart as sacred; to consecrate. To purify or be free from sin, to sanctify your hearts. We are called to holiness and to practice holiness, the Holy Spirit reveals this to us through Peter in 1 Peter 1:16 “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy”. Peter also shows us that God has chosen us and separated us as seen in 1 Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”. Being holy is an expression of who God is. It is the expression of the righteous resurrected Lord living in you…. Being holy is a blessing. It brings reverence into your Spirit, and emits the love and adoration that you have for Jehovah with your whole heart. You worship Him with a greater revelation of who He is because of your love for Him. You embark on a journey to endeavor to be more like Him and you surrender yourself to His ongoing training and presence.
Jehovah Mekadesh is first revealed in the Old Testament. We first hear about the word sanctify when God had created the world and on the seventh day then rested, as seen in Genesis 2:3 “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. This introduces us into how God separates and sanctifies whatever belongs to Him. We also begin to understand the importance of sanctification because He later gives this commandment in the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy”. We later see further evidence of sanctification in Leviticus 20:7-8 7″Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God”. 8″And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you”.
Now in the New Testament sanctification is done by the work of the Holy Spirit in us, so that He can work effectively through us. Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. To be effective in the will of God we must allow the process of sanctification through the prompting of Holy Spirit and the word of God…..We are becoming a new creation in Christ.
We are always in the process of being changed by His Spirit right from the time of our new birth until we reach the place of Eternal life. Sanctification is a process of challenging our old thought patterns, our behaviors and tarring up the roots planted in our hearts by life’s experiences. We must turn our lives over to the Holy Spirit so that the new construction can begin. The longest process of the construction period is laying the foundation; pouring concrete into a new building must be done precisely….There is no room for error or the building will collapse!! It may seem like God is never finished the foundation stage; however, it really is just our impatience with the process. God only builds skyscrapers that can endure the most torrid winds and weather. Pouring the word of God into your new heart solidifies your heart with strength and love. Your new heart although is not made out of stone it can endure and overcome the pressure of any stone crusher. Its fleshy appearance allows it to be bent out of shape but never broken because the new heart, the sanctified heart allows the Spirit to work through the believer, trusting in the process and believing that all outcomes are for the purpose of the Kingdom of God. It is in our surrendering that we are filled with true strength, true love and true faith….It is in our surrendering that God can reveal the hidden mysteries of His Kingdom because He has led us through the process of sanctification drawing us closer to Him; Being Closer to Him grants us access to higher places in Him.
If you want to go higher in Him you must surrender to the process of being sanctified. The choice is yours and yours alone….The Holy Spirit will never override your will, He loves and respects you too much to trample on you. He will prompt you in a loving manner; however it is up to you to be obedient to that prompting. Accepting Christ and laying your life down at the cross is only the first step in the journey…there is so much more He wants to show you. He is a Wonderful, Miraculous, Splendid, Loving, Merciful God and He adores you and He wants you to come up higher and journey deeper into Him. So do you want to be a bungalow or a skyscraper? The foundation for a skyscraper goes deep into the ground before its beauty, strength and height are revealed…However, the purpose of the skyscraper far out ways the time it took to lay its foundation and construct its steal exterior….its purpose is to endure and to stand the test of time.
May God Bless You and Keep You in all things pertaining to Life & Godliness.~Sincerely Cindy♥
~C. A. Livingstone (©) 2013