By David Oyedepo
LAST week, I taught on other blessedness of sanctification, what it takes to be righteous and the dangers of desecration.
This week, I will teach on why you need to live right, the price for living a sanctified life and God’s ultimate provision for your sanctification. Living right is all about maintaining a daily walk with God, with fear and reverence. That is what living a sanctified life is all about.
God’s Word says: “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear” (Hebrews 12:28). When the grace to serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear becomes your lifestyle, then you are making the most of life.
If you want to maintain relevance, then it’s important to maintain a daily walk with God in your life. The Bible narrates a story about a son of David called Amnon who had an incestuous relationship with his sister, Tamar. This sin caused him his life (I Samuel 13:1-14). Can you now see what not living right can cause? This is why you need to live right (sanctified life). May you not end up like Amnon! Let me show you why you need to live right:
It is commanded: God won’t tell you to be what He knows you cannot be. So, ‘be ye’ means, you have the capacity to be. I Peter 1:15-16 says: “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” From this scripture, it is clear that the need to live a sanctified life is commanded by God Himself.
You cannot make it to the Promised Land without it: Lusting after evil things disqualified some of the Israelites from making it to the Promised Land (I Corinthians 10:1-14). So, without sanctification, it is impossible for you to enjoy a glorious life, which God has packaged for you in His agenda.
Sanctification enhances health and vitality: Sickness is not only an oppression of the devil, it’s also self-inflicted by sin. There was a man that was held down by sickness for 38 years in John 5:1-9. He was at the Pool of Bethesda, but would not be healed. At the root of his 38 years plague was sin. What he needed was forgiveness of sin. So, sanctification enhances health and vitality.
What is the price for living a sanctified life?
Crave after righteousness: Go after righteousness, crave after righteousness, and follow after righteousness. Matthew 5:6 says: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” We are in the time of the rain of righteousness. Let’s seek for the rain of righteousness (Zechariah 10:1).
Beware of spiritual emptiness: Refuse spiritual emptiness. Spiritual emptiness is a risk. It makes you vulnerable to the invasion of wicked spirit. Active Word practice secures your spiritual destiny (Matthew 7:24). Endeavour to fill your heart with the Word of God.
Be filled with the Holy Spirit: You are either filled with the Holy Spirit (Spirit of God) or an evil spirit. The war of sanctification is a war within. Until you conquer that war within, you cannot manifest a sanctified life (Mark 7:21-23).
What are the strongholds?: The strongholds against your glorious destinies are within your thoughts. Satan operates through one’s thoughts to defile one’s life. The spirit of the world is a stronghold (I John 2:15-17).
It operates through the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life. So, the spirit of the world simply means the spirit of lust. Another stronghold is the lying spirit (I Kings 22:22). It makes one to see lying as a normal way of life. These are all spiritual things and they will take a stronger spiritual force—the power of God—to conquer them.