Live Sanctified

Do you have a tugging at your heart? Are you feeling as though you are being pulled in a specific direction for a specific purpose? Do you feel a little confused? Are you attempting to determine where it is leading you?

There are times when we feel as though we are being pulled down a certain path. We may feel just the opposite when we make a decision, meaning it feels wrong. If we are not connected to God, we may feel confused and not understand where these good or bad feelings are coming from.

God speaks to us in different ways. He uses our gut feelings. He uses what we may call mother’s intuition. He uses others to give us advice from a different perspective. You may even be one of the few who hear an audible voice speak, telling you the right move.

But how can we know if the voice or these feelings are coming from God? We won’t unless we are connected to Him. When we are connected to God, He sends us into the world to carry out the work He has planned for us, and we know what that work is. When we are His, we know His voice (John 10:27).

Jesus sends us into the world sanctified. That is not something we often talk about. Being sanctified is both a wonderful gift and an expectation. The gift is being able to stand before God in righteousness because of what Jesus has done for us. The expectation is we are held to a higher standard, and we are expected to obey.

It is the expectations we fail to live up to that causes us heartache. We feel guilty. We feel like we are less. We fret over missing the mark. We have high anxiety. When we stop, recognize the reason, and submit to Him and His will for our lives, all those bad feelings go away. We begin living as the sanctified person Jesus has made us to be.

I pray we all choose to listen for God’s voice. I pray we choose to be connected to God. I pray each one of us submits to God’s will for our lives, leaving behind our anxiousness. Choose God. Choose to listen for Him. Choose to be connected to God. Submit to God. Give up your anxiety. Give up your worry. Live in peace. Live sanctified.

John 17:17-19 “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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