Sanctification, the process of our becoming more and more like Christ throughout our lives, is nourished by good habits. The two most important habits are the daily study of Scripture and prayer. In Joshua 1:8 the Lord promises success when we “meditate” continually on God’s word, and in Hebrews 11:6 He assures us that He is the “rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” What glorious promises these are to cheer us on in our steady pursuit of holiness!
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour” (1 Thessalonians 4:3–4). “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13). “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied” (2 Peter 1:2).
GOLDEN THOUGHT: For this is the will of God, even your sanctification.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (October 5 reading).]