Beginning My Day In God

“Sanctified” and “Perfected”

Heb. 10:5-14: “‘Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: ‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me…He said, ‘Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.’ He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all… For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”‘

Lord Jesus, you were sanctified by the prayer, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” Lord Jesus, you were perfected by the prayer, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.”

Lord Jesus, let me remember your prayer at Gethsemane, and pray most earnestly offering myself to do your will. Lord, let me look to the cross and pray as you prayed. Grant grace, Lord, that I may pray with the same earnestness with which you prayed. May I have the witness in my heart that my prayer is acceptable to you. Thus, Lord, may I partake of your sanctification and of your perfection. As I pray, Lord, I offer my body as a sacrifice to do your will, so I may be identified with you, Rom. 12:1-2. May this prayer guide my thoughts and correct my affections, Lord. Let me say ‘Amen’ to all that you have prepared for me, giving you glory. May your intercession cover me and perfect me Lord, Heb. 7:25. Amen.

● “By that will…” — by Christ’s choice to do the Father’s will and become a sacrifice for us. Compare with Rom. 12:1-2 (“…present your bodies a living sacrifice…”), noting how Jesus offered His body, and how we offer our bodies to do God’s will. Thus our will is identified with Christ’s — this is our sanctification.

● When we offer our bodies as Jesus did, praying as He prayed, we are sanctified and perfected by the offering of Jesus. It takes our all to sincerely pray, “Not my will but Yours” in trials and sorrows. Jesus sweated blood when He prayed this prayer at Gethsemane. Lord, give me grace to be faithful in trials.

Quote: Sanctification

“‘And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly.’ (1 Thess. 5:23-24)… Sanctification means intense concentration on God’s point of view. It means every power of body, soul and spirit chained and kept for God’s purpose only…. Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the disposition that ruled Him will rule us. Are we prepared for what that will cost? It will cost everything that is not of God in us. Are we prepared to be caught up into the swing of this prayer of the apostle Paul’s? Are we prepared to say — “Lord, make me as holy as You can make a sinner saved by grace”‘?

Jesus has prayed that we might be one with Him as He is one with the Father. The one and only characteristic of the Holy Ghost in a man is a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, and freedom from everything that is unlike Him. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit’s ministrations in us?”– Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His highest

Quote: “Not as I Will” — Obedience of Highest Perfection

“It is His thrice “Not what I will” that constitutes the very essence and worth of His sacrifice. …The prayer that the cup should pass away could not be answered. The prayer of submission that God’s will be done was heard and gloriously answered in His victory first over the fear, and then over the power of death. It is in this denial of His will, this complete surrender of His will to the will of the Father, that Christ’s obedience reached its highest perfection.”–From Learning To Pray by Andrew Murray

Testimony: It has been impressed on my heart that I should abide in the confession of “not my will, but Yours” in the details of daily life so all my prayers would breathe the Spirit of Jesus’ prayer: “not My will, but Yours.” With such a spirit of prayer, I am identified with Jesus, and have fellowship with Him in my trials. This, I believe, is being crucified with Christ, Gal. 2:20.

Memory Verse: Heb. 7:25: “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

Topic for Prayer: for persecuted Christians in many countries, Heb.13: 3

Country for Prayer: Colombia, Northern South America, Christians 95.75%, Nonreligious 2.14%

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