Sanctify Them By The Truth

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Transformation - John 17:17 - Sanctify Them By The Truth - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Transformation – John 17:17 – Sanctify Them By The Truth – Growing As Disciples

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  John 17:17 (NIV)

Fully Complete

I have sanctified you. You have been set apart by me. You are mine. That sounds wonderful to me. It is my joy to be all yours. It is good that you have used the word all. Why is that? My sanctification and you being set apart for me includes every aspect of your life. There is nothing about who you are or what you do that is outside of the sanctifying work I have done and will continue to do in your life. Your sanctification of me is not just a one-time deal? No, it is not. Let me explain this to you. You were bought with a price. My Son’s death on the cross paid for all your sins. You have been made clean by His blood being shed for you. You have been made new and my Holy Spirit lives inside of you. You and I have a restored and new relationship with each other. I am your Father. You are my child. In all these ways your sanctification is complete. But, that does not mean that my work in you is complete. I will be molding and shaping your life right up until the moment that you come to live forever with me in heaven. Only then will my work of sanctification be fully complete in you.

What kind of sanctifying work can I expect that you will do in me between now and then? That is a very good question. I am very glad that you asked it. Why is that? It is very good for you to anticipate that I will be molding and shaping your life on a daily moment-by-moment basis.

What will you use to sanctify my life and mold and shape me according to your purposes and plans? That is another very good question that I want you to answer for me. Right now? Yes, right now. I think that you will use everything that comes my way to mold and shape my life. Like what? You will use people, circumstances, fellow believers, trials, and tests of all kinds to mold and shape my life. Yes, I will. But, you have left out the most important tool that I will use to mold you into who I want you to be. Yes, I know. You will use your word to change my heart and transform my mind. Yes, I will. How will I do that? Your Holy Spirit will take your word and apply it to my life. Your word and the power of your Holy Spirit will help me to think your thoughts and do your will. Yes, He will. I welcome Him to do your work in my life. I want to be everything you want me to be for you. That is very good.

Father, thank you for word. Your word has set me apart to live my life fully for you. Your word is changing my heart and renewing my mind. You are helping me to think your thoughts and do your will as I follow and serve you. Amen

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For We Are God’s Workmanship

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Identity - For We Are God's Workmanship - Ephesians 2:10 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – For We Are God’s Workmanship – Ephesians 2:10 – Growing As Disciples

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Workmanship

Father, thank you for making me just as you have made me. I’m not sure that I have given much thanks to you for creating me just as you have. I’ve so wanted to do and be more that I haven’t taken time to thankfully consider how you have made me. I will give thanks to you now.

You’re right about not thankfully considering the work of my hands. Work of your hands? That’s right, you are the work of my hands, so go ahead and tell me how you think I have done. What are you most thankful for?

You have given me a hunger for fellowship with you. I didn’t realize it at first, but without you I had this emptiness inside. My life was going nowhere. I was far from you. But you would not let me go. You drew me back and rescued me from a life without you. So, I’m thankful that you created me with an emptiness that only you can fill. You both feed this hunger for you and leave me wanting even more. It delights me to hear you say this. There is more. Go ahead, I’m listening.

You have given me this burning desire to serve you. For so long I have been engaged in worldly pursuits that ultimately won’t amount to much in light of eternity. Over time, dissatisfaction with these pursuits has grown in me. Now you have set me on fire with desire to do what you have prepared me to do for your kingdom and glory. I don’t always know what these assignments are but I’m watching and waiting and walking with you. I’m thankful that you have given me this desire to serve you.  Very good. I have prepared many good works for you to do. You can be sure that I will help you to accomplish them.

Your help reminds me what I am most thankful for. What’s that? I am so thankful that I can trust you. For so long I have trusted in myself and in my own efforts. How did that work out? Not well at all. I know. What gives you the greatest confidence that you can trust me? You made me. I am your child. You are my Father. So, I am most thankful that, as your child, I can trust you completely. My life is in your hands. You love me and I love you. I will live my life holding on to your hand. Yes, and I will be holding onto you. My grip will never let you go.

Father, thank you that I am the work of your hands. As my Father you have lovingly designed me to live as your child. It is my delight to live in fellowship with you as I do the good works that you have prepared me to do for you.  Amen

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