‘THE SACRIFICES OF GOD ARE A BROKEN SPIRIT’ (Psalm 51:17 NIV)
Paul writes: ‘Now may.....God.....sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord’ (1 Thessalonians 5:23 NAS). This word ‘sanctify’ means to be set apart, to be used exclusively for God’s purposes. Paul describes it as ‘the high calling of God’ (Philippians 3:14). And it happens from the inside out! Notice, our fleshly body comes last in order of transformation for a very simple reason.
The problem with a thief isn’t his hands, it’s in his mind or spirit, which tells him stealing is okay. His mind tells his hand what to do, so if you transform his spirit his hands will follow suit. Otherwise you can handcuff him and take him off to jail, but he’s still a thief inside. Too many of us want to get victory over bodily sins without being truly transformed within. But God starts with our spirit because that’s the part of our being that makes us conscious of God; that connects with Him. When God sets us free in our spirit, then our emotions and our body begin to fall in line.
If you’re a parent you know how differently your children respond to discipline. One child will collapse in tears, whereas another will stand up and defy you. God will do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to break us of self-sufficiency so that the life of Jesus can be demonstrated through us, and we determine how long the process takes, by our submission or resistance. Paul prayed, ‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’ (Acts 9:6 NKJV). Today, make that your prayer!
NIV New International Bible Version
NKJV New King James Bible Version
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