He Will Do It!

Devotional for Today, February 21, 2018

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 NIV)

The more like Jesus you and I act, the deeper our joy, and the deeper our peace.  On the other hand, the more compromised our lives are with evil and with the things of this world, the more we are robbed of the peace and joy and power God wants us to have.  That’s why the apostle Paul ended his first letter to the Thessalonians with a prayer and with a promise.

Paul’s prayer was that the believers might be separated from all impurity and all of the junk that can bog us down, and that this might be a deep work in us as we are sanctified “through and through.”  The goal is not to just hang on and make it by the skin of our teeth through another day, but to live life in such a way that there won’t be one negative thing anybody can say about us at the coming of Jesus Christ.  That’s a tall order, isn’t it?

The truth is that God doesn’t want to just save us and have us live any old way until he takes us to heaven.  Yet some of us battle with sins of the body; others battle with impure thoughts and an impure heart; and yet others are ruled by feelings of unforgiveness, jealousy and envy.  Do you see the dilemma?  Now that we’re saved, God wants us to be more like his Son everyday; but we can’t change ourselves; we can’t lift ourselves by our bootstraps; we don’t have the strength!

This is where the promise comes in: “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24)!  Who will do it?   God will do it!  Did he wash away our sins and forgive us all of our trespasses through the precious blood of Jesus?  Yes!  And what was our part in all of this?  We believed!  It’s the same with living a holy life.  By faith we are saved, and by faith we are sanctified.

Let’s pray today: Lord, give us that wonderful peace that comes from being sanctified through and through so we can praise you with a clean heart.  Keep us from secret sins.  Keep us alert, praying, encouraging ourselves and encouraging one another with your Word; and help us to live that way every single day!  In Christ’s name, Amen!

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28.

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