By David Oyedepo
Last week, I taught on why you need to live right, the price for living a sanctified life and God’s ultimate provision for your sanctification. Living a sanctified life is profitable in all things. It does not just come that easy. There is always what to do to have whatever you desire. That is why, this week, I will show you some of the vital keys to a sanctified life, as I conclude this series:
Disconnect from sin: To live a sanctified life, you must disconnect from sin. Sin will never go on its own. If you don’t rise up against it, it won’t go. You can wait from now till eternity for sin to go; but until you rise up against it, it won’t. This is because it is determined to destroy your destiny. God has not planted sin in your life. His Word says that whosoever is born of God does not sin, because the seed of God abides in that person (I John 3:9).
So, you need to disconnect from that sin now! Look at that sin and the bad habits that want to deny you of your glorious destiny. Say to them, “You have no power over me from now! I disconnect from you now, by my will and through faith in God, in the name of Jesus!”
Keep the right company: If you want to live right, you must keep the right company, and relate with the right things.
Somebody shared a testimony of how he used to watch a certain programme on TV, which led to his backsliding. He lost his eternal life for at least two years, before he returned home. It is right company for right living! No matter how dedicated you may be, evil communication will always corrupt good manners (I Corinthians 15:33). The company you keep determines the type of life you live.
Engage the power of the tongue: To live a sanctified life, you must learn to engage the power of the tongue. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21). So, your mouth is a weapon of war, and when you engage the power of the tongue, you can bring down your Goliath. What you don’t declare, God has no legal right to confirm (Isaiah 44:26).
The same way, when sin wants to overrun you, declare, “No! Sin shall no more have dominion over me! Enough! Satan, get your hand off my mind! I overcome you by the Blood of the Lamb and by the words of my testimony.” We need to open fire in response to every attempt of the devil to defile us. The power of victory is in your mouth.
Engage the name of Jesus: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10). Unclean spirit can be dislodged by engaging the name of Jesus, because that name is self-anointed. Active engagement in spiritual stewardship: We are God’s building and when that building suffers much slothfulness, it decays.
Spiritualize your engagement. Active engagement in spiritual stewardship enhances our life of sanctification (John 9:4; John 5:17). If you do not want your life to pack up, then engage active spirituality in Kingdom stewardship to live a sanctified life.
Engage the Spirit of love: There is a Spirit of love, which we can engage to conquer sin (Romans 5:5). So, when the Spirit of love dominates your life, you think no evil; you are free from evil acts. Love thinks no evil (I Corinthains 13:5). So, engaging the Spirit of love is one way to live a sanctified life.
That Sprit of love is simply the Spirit of obedience. Engage the weapon of fasting: Through fasting, we destroy the yoke of filthiness. You can destroy anything that wants to destroy your life, through the weaponry of fasting (Isaiah 58:6).