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. John 17:17-19 (NIV)
The Word of Truth restores purity.
The Word of Truth gives purpose.Sanctified: Dedicated to God; He unifies us to Himself. We are set apart to His service in an evil and chaotic world.
Jesus immersed himself in the world, His own creation, so that He could know our grief, our sorrows, our temptations. Find your purpose? NO! Find God's purpose for your life.The Word of Truth calls us to action.
It is not enough to talk about God's plan, or pray about His plan. We must act. Christ carried out God's plan. We are to do the same.
KNOW GOD AND MAKE HIM KNOWN.
God's truth does not vary from culture to culture, from age to age.
To know the truth we must be saturated in the Word.
The Bible is one of the channels through which God pours out his grace.
To be saturated in the Word:
1. Repetition We internalize the Word.
2 Concentration Distraction is the order of this day and age. Discipline ourselves.
3. Comprehension Thus we build knowledge of the truth.
4. Reflection See things from God's perspective. Approach the word as a student, not a teacher.
Saturate so that we may bear the Word to the world.
May God's Word make clear to us the places He has called us.
May his Word, Truth, set us apart. (Sanctify)
The religion God honors is one of action.
Pastor Johnnie Blair