Pastor's Monthly Note
Walking in Sanctity
“…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:2)
“Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy…”
(1 Peter 1:13-16)
ur modern world is competing more than ever before for our souls (minds, wills and emotions). With the advent of every new gadget, electronic device, video game or social media source, more of the world is being drawn away from critical thinking, problem solving and just simple common sense. If our spiritual life was weak before we started using these technological devices, modern products, chemical substances, and services, then our soul will likely degenerate into a level of atrophy that only God Himself would be able to revive. Paul’s question to a young church, “Oh foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you? (Chapter 3:1)” is a reminder that limiting our pursuit and passion for God could yield a vacancy or an invitation for un-holy spirits to take up residence in our souls. Consecrating our souls suggest a presentation, offering or sacrifice to God for His dwelling (1 Corinthians 3:16). A soulful sacrifice suggests an unadulterated invitation, solely to God’s Holy Spirit to be the one and only resident of our souls. Without this exclusive sacrifice of space in our spirit-man, we risk grieving the Spirit by entertaining things not pleasing to God (Ephesians 4:30). Our resolve to prefer worldly things in a permanent way would extend the risk to quenching the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Rather than risk a willful attempt to sin against the God we love, and who loves us, a daily reckoning should involve an offering or sacrifice of our minds. Paul’s letter, Romans 12: 2, exhorts, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” In doing this, we pray for God to renew our minds daily, knowing that a sinful world with all its devices and distractions will only serve to keep us in a state of spiritual weakness or even paralysis. As we present our bodies as a living sacrifice, let’s consider taking captive those sinful thoughts (2 Corinthians 2:10). Our first thoughts of the morning should be dedicates to God to be filled with understanding for His word, wisdom for the day and passion for His will (Kingdom).