You Can Trust God to Save you and Sanctify You

Its always a little tricky in publishing Bible teaching to keep the right balance between Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility.

In this site I have focused a lot of the human responsibility side – what we must do.

The problem with doing only this, is that we can miss out on an important part of the Good News.

The Good News that GOD will save you.

So I would like to emphasize again in this article what I begun to point out here, that God has made many important promises of what HE promises to do for us.

One of these things is to SAVE US from the power of sin.

And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)

Note that we cannot save ourselves from sin’s power. This means that we have to trust GOD to do something we cannot do. It says here that Jesus will save His people from their sins. If you have truly given your heart to Jesus, and cried out for Him to save you, then you are His, and He will save you from your sins. He will save you from the power of sin. He will sanctify you. He will cleanse you.

I am talking to people who really desire to be saved from the power of sin. If you don’t desire it, if your heart doesn’t cry out for it, then this is not the message for you.

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. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).

Here it says that the God of peace is going to do something HIMSELF. And then it says again – He is faithful, and He will do it.

He will sanctify you completely, if you trust Him for it.

Same with me.

When will it manifest? I’m not sure I know. But I have to trust Him to do it.

The strange thing in the Bible is that there are verses that tell us to repent, cleanse ourselves, make ourselves a new heart, sanctify ourselves and so on, but there are also verses that says that GOD will grant us repentance, cleanse us, give us a new heart and sanctify us. So which one is true? I think they are both true.

The time to start thinking about the promise of God to sanctify you is when you are worn out, tired or worried about your sins and failures. This is not the time God gets out a whip and cracks it and tells us to try harder. This is the time He wants us to know we can come to Him as the provider of a marvellous salvation we cannot achieve ourselves.

Jesus said:

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28,29)

This is the gentle Spirit of Christ wooing us to give up trying to live independently of God in our own strength, relying upon our own willpower and survival instinct. This is an appeal to put our lives in the hands of a loving, caring, faithful Creator and to let Him take care of us, including and especially our need for salvation.

You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you; because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3).

This verse is not simply some exhortation to force your mind to stay on Jesus so you can have peace. The verse is equally or even more about TRUST. Trusting in God frees us to enjoy peace from God.

 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6,7)

Be anxious for nothing – not even for your own sanctification. Because you can’t save yourself or make yourself pure independently. But God can do it. He will do it when you are willing to trust Him, hand your worries over to Him, and let Him carry you. Yes, there will still be times where your loyalty will be tested, but God will give you the full ability and desire to please Him at those times.

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” (Psalm 56:3)

Yes, even when we afraid of the wickedess in our own hearts, it is a time to trust in God. Time to rest in God. Time to tell God we are His problem and would He please do what only He can do.

I hope this message encourages you.

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About Michael Fackerell

The Christian faith is about Jesus. He came to save the lost. About Jesus Christ, Bible teaching, Testimonies, Salvation, Prayer, Faith, Networking.

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