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Daily Bread - August 9, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 10:19
John 17:19 - And I sanctify Myself for them, so that they may also be truly
sanctified.

The first time that the word 'sanctified' is used in the Bible is in
Genesis 2:3. The word in both the Hebrew language and the Greek language
may be translated "made holy". Sanctified may also be understood simply as
"set apart". Jesus set Himself apart for one purpose, and that was to give
His life to destroy the power of sin and death; so that through His death,
mankind might be set free from the darkness of sin. Jesus set Himself
apart, or consecrated Himself, to the Father so that we may also be
consecrated, or made holy. Although Jesus was holy and set apart unto God
from birth, yet He also set Himself apart for the specific purpose of
giving Himself a ransom for every man.

God made us holy in Christ Jesus to live a life consecrated by the Holy
Spirit. Now that we have been made holy by the Lord Jesus, we are called to
voluntarily present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable
unto God (Romans 12:1-2). We are called to perfect holiness in the fear of
God (2 Corinthians 7:1). When God finished His work of creation, He
sanctified the seventh day. When God finished His work of redemption, He
sanctified man. We totally belong to God. We are His workmanship created in
Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 6:11, 19-20; 2 Corinthians
6:16-7:1).

God, Who both created and redeemed us, has extended the invitation to
everyman to come and walk with Him in His ways of life. We have been set
free from every twisted and evil thing, so that we can enjoy life in the
Holy Ghost. God has given us everything that pertains to life and
godliness, so that we can enjoy life in its fullness (2 Peter 1:3-11; John
10:10; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 9:8). Let the Holy Spirit lead you
in the way of life that God has liberally supplied to us. The Holy Spirit
was given to us, so that we can learn and enjoy all the realms of God's
abundant life (Psalms 16:11; John 16:13-15; Ephesians 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:17).

Set yourself apart to the Lord, and let Holy Spirit lead you!
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