TO THE BIBLE: 1 Peter 1:2 RSV
“Chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.”
If your mind isn’t constantly renewed and sanctified by God’s Word, it would occasionally pick up the wrong stuff and act them out. This is because the carnal pictures, images, words, ideas, and imaginations that were in your mind before you were born again, don’t automatically leave your mind! You’d have to replace them with God’s holy thoughts, His holy words, and the manifestation of His Kingdom. His Word is the divine cleanser as Jesus said in John 15:3 (AMP): “You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].”
After you’re born again, the Spirit of God uses the Word of God to take the “dirt” out of your life. He cleanses your mind, because even though your spirit is born again and alive to God, your mind still needs to be renewed: “…Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
Then in John 17:17, He said, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” God’s Word displaces unrighteousness from a person’s heart and replaces it with God’s righteousness. It wipes out fear and replaces it with faith. Colossians 3:16 tells us, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom….” Those desires to make the wrong choices, or to go in the way of the world and act like you used to before coming to Christ, can only be gotten rid of through God’s Word. Therefore, cleanse yourself with God’s Word, and stay pure in Him today and always.
Go Deeper: Psalm 119:9; John 15:3; John 17:17
Dear Father, I thank you for the sanctification of my mind through the ministry of your Word and Holy Spirit. My focus is on your Word and as I give it my attention, the Word cleanses and sanctifies my mind, getting rid of everything that’s inconsistent with your perfect will, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Mark 11:27-33-12:1-17, Numbers 18-19
Matthew 20:24-34, Exodus 15
Spend time today to speak in tongues, and get your spirit refreshed.