Dailies- May~2019

Dailies ~In His Word
May 1, 2019
Set apart.  What does that actually mean?  I read about being sanctified in Hebrews 10-12 a couple times but I wanted to know more. What I learned is that God has chosen us to be sanctified, or set apart from the world and set up for His service.

 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; John 17:17-19
Jesus prayed for all those who will believe in Him through the word of those who walked with him on earth. That means us. He said we also are to be sanctified, or set apart for His good works,. We need to be able to help our fellow Christians to stand out for Jesus too. If we are set apart to be holy like Jesus we need to keep our behavior as such that they would see Christ in us. That means we do not just not do the things of the world, we avoid them! We are to avoid the appearance of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Everything is good or evil so if it is not for God it is against us.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
When we are set apart we will be blameless before Him, though people may not see it that way we need to know that we are following His truth, not necessarily man’s.

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 1 Peter 3:14-16

Sometimes we can suffer for doing the right thing, we can be set apart to save the lost, or to serve God and not man, to sense when things are not as they seem even. Not everyone is called to be set apart. In the Old Testament it was mainly the Prophets and the Priests who were called to be set apart. Specific people, today more of us and as Christians we specifically are called to live a life worthy of our calling. That means we need to work at being different according to His Word. We need to live according to His Word, with the help of the Holy Spirit as our conscience we can do this! We can step aside when the thing that used to draw us out into the world and its damaging issues, we can step aside and seek God, and godly women or men to share our struggles with and know that they will come along side and support us in our walk.
Everyone needs to have someone who will be their support system when they feel weak, or afraid. When I am afraid I will trust in Him, in God who’s Word I trust! Psalm 56:3
Heavenly Father, sanctify us before You, that we may stand up against the wiles of the devil our enemy. In Jesus name, amen.
Teresa M. Wilson