Hey Sweet Girls!!
Here is your Week 5 Video for the Week! It is 5 minutes long and felt it was perfect for the overall theme of the next two Book Chapters (Chapter 6 & 7 and Philippians 2: 12-30) But this is also a great set up for where we will pick up next week! Enjoy!
“ Salvation is an absolute gift, but Sanctification is a process. “
When you become a believer in Jesus Christ, you get a new spirit and the bible says it is the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead! Wow! We are new creations and have the power of God living on the inside of us! But I am sure some of you are wondering, “why don’t I feel that way then?” Why do I still struggle?
You have received Peace, Joy, Love, Kindness, gentleness, and all of the other fruits of the spirits in seed form! You were given Gods divine nature, but just like a seed in a garden you must water and feed it for it to bloom and grow, Hence the process of Sanctification we are going to discuss.
You and I also have a “Flesh” which is our Carnal desires, our wants and our needs! Before you even know Jesus Christ and accept Him into your heart you are functioning out of the flesh (your body & those carnel desires) and your spirit is dead to all things that are spiritual. That is why the bible says For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 Before you are a believer since your spirit is dead, the cross and Christ is foolishness, but to those who have been saved it is EVERYTHING!I would have to admit that I too once started to believe that!
I am so thankful that the gift of Salvation is just that, A GIFT!!! You can not earn it! It is Gods grace showing us that He chose us to be His and no matter how much we fail or fall we are still His!
This Leads me to the next point, Salvation is the gift that we can not earn and Sanctification is a process that we must take part in.
Sanctification means to be “Set apart” or The generic meaning of sanctification is "the state of proper functioning." To sanctify someone or something is to set that person or thing apart for the use intended by its designer. The book shares information on sanctification reminding us that it is a “Process”. We are all a work in progress having to wake up each morning and CHOOSE to take part in this process,
- Reading the Word of God is part of that process to renew your mind. ( kind of like a factory reset button from the creator)
- We must Read Gods word as if it is His very breath, as if He is directly speaking to us…..Because He is!
- We must receive that word into our spirits as spiritual food
- Then we must start taking what we learn and applying it to our lives.
The submissive Mind does not suddenly just happen, It really takes us doing our part in the sanctification process for God to do the rest in us and through us! So take heart friends, Paul gave us two examples of other men who lived this way, Epaphroditus and Timothy! He wanted us to know that it is attainable! The most annoying thing about a great example is the feeling of inability to accomplish it! Right?! So in our reading this week, he gives us those examples to prove to us it is!
“May your branches never spread farther than your roots”
Have a blessed Week!
This Weeks reading: Chapter 6, "The ins and outs of Christian living" & Chapter 7, "The Priceless pair" in your Books and Philippians 2:12-30