For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
Sanctification is defined as the act or process of acquiring sanctity, of being made or becoming holy. To sanctify is to literally “set apart for particular use in a special purpose or work and to make holy or sacred.”
You may be wondering what man’s design and the sanctification process have to do with spiritual warfare. Since the enemy’s main weapon against us is telling lies. It only stands to reason that we must embrace the truth in order to win any battles waged against us by Satan. Part of that truth that is crucial for each of us to accept is who we are. Another part has to do with who we were. And lastly, we most definitely need to understand and accept down to our very core what happened to us the moment we were saved. Without these truths, we’re liable to fall for anything.
For example, if you did not understand that once you are saved your spirit and the Holy Spirit become one, you would not realize that you no longer have to fall to any temptations. You still have a choice in the matter, but unlike before you were saved, you now have access to all the power and wisdom you need to make the right choice.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
When facing temptation, look for the way out that God provides. Is it a phone call that distracts you? Maybe a friend stops by unexpectedly. Does your dog need to go out at just the right time to draw you away from what you’re thinking, what you may be considering? Who knows what God will use. Only look for it!
Also, if you were not aware of the sanctification process, you might question your own salvation whenever you fell into temptation. It’s important to realize that once we’re saved our spirits are made right, but the body and soul still need to be refined.
Think of it this way. We were created to be in a relationship with God. But as soon as sin entered into the world, that relationship was severed. The need was still there, but we were disconnected from the only person who could fulfill that need, God. And so for much of our lives we attempt to fill that void in any way we see fit. Whatever it is that we try, it will all fall short. And these methods don’t have to necessarily be things we would otherwise consider bad. It could be a career, another relationship such as in marriage or with our children. It could even be service to your church. And all these coping methods, all these other strategies to find the love and acceptance we all need, well, they don’t just disappear from our thoughts the moment we are saved. It takes time to let go and trust the one true source of the love we need.
The bottom line here is that in order to succeed in spiritual warfare, we need a comprehensive understanding of the truth. And we need to allow God the time it will take to replace every previous lie we’ve embraced with that truth. So be patient with yourself. And know that you know what you know! You are saved. You are a child of God. You are free from the power of death and sin. And God will not stop until the work He’s begun in you is completed.
So seek the truth and glow on!