For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 (ESV)
You have been set apart to come to me. I called you by name. I sought you out. I rescued you from a life without me. I pulled your life out of the muck and the mire. I forgave all your sins. I cleansed all your unrighteousness. I have made you holy in my sight by the blood that was shed for you on the cross. I made you my own. I adopted you into my family. I made you to be my child. I have loved you with an everlasting love. I lifted you up and set you on a firm foundation so you could begin to follow and serve me. I broke the power of sin over your life. I have made it so you can live your life with and for me. For all this, I am grateful and thankful. All praise and honor and glory belong to you. I now love you because you first loved me. It is my desire to know and do your will. I want to go and do what is pleasing to you. My life is in your hands and at your disposal. Use me for your purposes. Accomplish your plans in and through my life. Guide me to where you want me to go. Give me what you want me to do. That, I will do.
My work in you is not finished. I have made you holy in my sight. I have set your life apart and made you my own. I will bring to completion the good work that I have begun in you. Day by day I will be working in and through your life. I will use my word to change your heart. I will use my word to transform your mind. I will make you able to think my thoughts. I will make you able to know and do my will. I will use my word to guide your life. You will know where I am guiding you. You will know the work that I am giving you to do for me. What do you think I want you to keep doing? You want me to keep drawing near to you as you draw near to me. You want me to keep meeting with you in your word. You want me to keep receiving your teaching and listening to your instruction. You want me to continue abiding in your presence. Why is that? You want me to know you. You want me to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, I do. You want my life to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I do. I know that apart from you I can do nothing. That’s right. So, I will remain vitally connected to you, so you can continue to do your work in and through my life. That will be very good.
Lord, I know you have set me apart to love, follow and serve you. You have forgiven all my sins and cleansed all my unrighteousness. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Keep on purifying me as I live my life with and for you. Amen
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