We've been looking at God's will for the last 2 days. Today we will add a 3rd aspect of His will.
1. God’s will is that you put your faith in him, trust in his sovereignly, and are thankful.
2. God’s will is that you remain in him.
3. God’s will is that you become sanctified holy.
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
Sanctification means to make holy. Holy means dedicated or devout, to be consecrated for sacred purposes. It is God’s will that we be made pure so that we can be used to serve his purposes, to complete his plan. God’s desire is for us to become pure and blameless. Our only standard for this is Christ. We can’t look to the world to find what purity looks like. Christ was the pure, blameless lamb that was sacrificed for our sin. His blood covers us. He is our means to understanding purity. God wants to purge us of all evil. He commanded Moses to tell the people “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy. Leviticus 19:2
*How do we become holy? How do we know the will of the Father?
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
You begin by allowing God to transform your mind.
Transform means to “make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of.”
That means you offer your mind to God for transformation. It means you are willing to be changed. We begin by reading the Bible, talking with other fruit-bearing Christians, and praying. Our prayer must be for God to be the desire of our hearts, the one and only desire! To have his mind!