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 The Cost of Sanctification

I've been reading and praying a great deal about this issue of sanctification and there's some wonderful explanations of it from our Brother Oswald Chambers.

[b]May the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely . . . —1 Thessalonians 5:23[/b]

When we pray, asking God to sanctify us, are we prepared to measure up to what that really means? We take the word sanctification much too lightly. [b]Are we prepared to pay the cost of sanctification? The cost will be a deep restriction of all our earthly concerns, and an extensive cultivation of all our godly concerns. Sanctification means to be intensely focused on God’s point of view.[/b] It means to secure and to keep all the strength of our body, soul, and spirit for God’s purpose alone. Are we really prepared for God to perform in us everything for which He separated us? [b]And after He has done His work, are we then prepared to separate ourselves to God just as Jesus did?[/b] "For their sakes I sanctify Myself . . ." ( John 17:19 ). The reason some of us have not entered into the experience of sanctification is that we have not realized the meaning of sanctification from God’s perspective. [b]Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the nature that controlled Him will control us. Are we really prepared for what that will cost? It will cost absolutely everything in us which is not of God.[/b]

Are we prepared to be caught up into the full meaning of Paul’s prayer in this verse? [b]Are we prepared to say, "Lord, make me, a sinner saved by grace, as holy as You can"?[/b] Jesus prayed that we might be one with Him, just as He is one with the Father (see John 17:21-23 ). The resounding evidence of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life is the unmistakable family likeness to Jesus Christ, and the freedom from everything which is not like Him. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit’s work in us? [url=]My Utmost for His Highest[/url]

I also thought this excerpt from Brother Duncan Campbell went along with this.

[i]The Reality of The Divine in Christian Experience[/i]

Excerpt contributed by Tricia Knowles from Duncan Campbell's Testimony of Entire Sanctification on cassette: "I was on the battlefield, (of the First World War) bleeding and thinking I was dying. [b]I was conscious of a need –Oh I knew I was saved, but I also knew that nothing unclean could enter (heaven). I knew that `without holiness no man shall see God and I felt unholy.[/b] -Oh! the carnal mind and the corrupt heart that cried for deliverance and cleansing!

[b]Believing that I was dying I cried, "God make me as holy as a saved sinner can be."[/b] You may not believe in a second definite work of grace to the soul, but I believe it and I believe it is taught in the word of God, and I agree with Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones who said recently that "the man who says you get everything at conversion is teaching error," and he is one of the greatest theologians in Britain today. (he has since passed on to his reward)

On that horses' back it happened! Right into my life; down through the avenues of my personality into the chambers where polluted sin held it's empire. A power was there to defy and deny every good operating principle in my life- a power rested within that was more than a match for me. (Rom. 7:18-23)

God swept in and brought deliverance (Rom. 7:24) and cleansing and a power in the Holy Ghost that I had never known before! I tasted the moving of revival back at the casualty clearing station where seven Canadian soldiers got gloriously saved without me speaking a word they could understand! (He spoke in Gaelic)

[b]Oh, He can cleanse! "Make much of the blood of Jesus . The blood can cleanse from ALL SIN! (1 John 1:7) 'What a deliverer! "That experience revolutionized my life! Thank God for an experience which brings emancipation (from sin)!”[/b]

(The above tape title can be ordered from Faith Mission Bible College, 2 Drum Street, Gilmerton, Edinburgh, EH17 8QG, Great Britain.)

Ed Pugh

 2006/5/22 12:50Profile

Joined: 2005/10/18
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 Re: The Cost of Sanctification

Here's another thing I was reading today on sanctification.

Two Opposing Forces
“Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.”Zech. iii. 1.
“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James iv. 7.


We read of two opposing forces in the above verses; the first shows us Satan resisting the child of God and the second the child of God resisting Satan.

Paul writes to the Corinthians: “We are not ignorant of his (Satan's) devices.” In the present time there is perhaps a greater need than ever before that we should understand Satan's devices; if God gives us light on this, we shall experience far greater victory in our lives, and things upon which we are in the dark will be cleared up.

[b]1. Satan resisting the Child of God.[/b]
This is indeed a great reality. Daniel experienced it when the answer to his prayer was delayed three weeks, when the prince of the Kingdom of Persia withstood him, and all over the world God's children are proving today the awful opposing power of the evil one; a recent extract from a magazine puts it thus: “It is as though there is an unseen evil spirit force stubbornly at work to hinder our getting what the Lord has for us.” Mr. J.B. Stoney put the same truth in different words when years go he remarked that living the Christian life was like climbing a ladder, and when, desiring to mount the ladder towards a higher life, we put our hands on the next rung, Satan comes long and knocks our hands off. Later on we come again to the ladder and seek to lay hold of a higher rung, and again Satan knocks our hands off.

Satan is a very persistent foe and works with all his power to hinder us getting God's best for spirit, soul and body. He even holds back the finances we are praying, for and opposes us on every side in aggressive soul winning work.
We notice in the third chapter of Zechariah that Satan was seeking to resist Joshua from getting the great blessing which God had for him. God desired to cleanse Joshua- His word was “Take away the filthy garments from him.” Satan is the same today and does all in his power to resist the Christian being cleansed from all sin. Satan is ever opposed to true Holiness. He hates a Mission or Church that stands for Holiness; he hates a saint who is sanctified and from first to last gives him a hard time.

It is no wonder Satan is opposed to Holiness, because He knows when a child of God is sanctified, his life, will be free from the failure and inconsistencies that bring such dishonor on the Lord’s name He knows also that when a Christian is cleansed and filled with the Spirit, he will be used to the salvation of souls, and can even be the means of a revival in the district where he lives. David prayed: “Create in a clean heart, O God; then will I teach transgressors thy ways and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.” Satan remembers this verse is in the Bible.

[b]How does Satan resist souls who are seeking Sanctification?[/b]

(a) To many he whispers: “The cost is too great; if you are sanctified and give yourself wholly to God it will thwart all the ambitions of your life, you will lose friends, they will call you a “sinless perfectionist,” it will grieve the one you love best in the World.”

[b]Satan is careful to point out all you will lose, but he says nothing about what you will gain. He does not remind you of the bliss and joy you will find by knowing you are in the centre of God’s will.[/b]

(b) To other seeking souls lie says: “You are not good enough to get this great blessing. You need not think the fullness of the Holy Spirit is for you. The Christians you know who received this gift were more worthy of it.” If such thoughts fill your mind must go back to the old verse-“Ho every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters and he that hath no money come ye buy wine and milk: without money and without price.” When we are thirsting for the living water of the Holy Ghost the only price God asks from us is the precious Blood of Christ. He does not require the money of our own merit, our own righteousness, He teaches us to pray:

“All the worth I have before Thee
Is the merit of thy blood.”

I once heard a young man pleading long and earnestly with God for the baptism of the Spirit-at last the light dawned as he pleaded the price of the blood of Calvary; he looked away from his own failures and worthlessness, and rose from his knees, having, received the precious gift.

(c) The evil one not only points the seeker for Holiness to his own failures or worthlessness, but he also resists him by saying: “You have not faith, enough to get the blessing” How often has Satan whispered this to the writer, and victory only comes over this temptation when we learn that “faith is the gift of God” and that we must not look for it in our own heart. Dr A.B. Simpson writes in connection with Divine Healing (but his words apply to whatever blessing, we are seeking): “We can only experience Divine healing by having Divine faith as well as Divine Healing; only by counting yourself and your faith dead and insufficient and receiving Christ for this wholly, throwing yourself upon Him for it absolutely and claiming faith as perfect as God requires and gives.”

(d) Hundreds of souls seeking sanctification are thrown back by waiting for “feelings.” Satan keeps saying to them, “If you were sanctified you would experience a great change in your emotions, a sudden rush of peace and joy would flood your heart, but you are just the same as before you trusted God for the blessing.” A Christian worker, whose, life and work testified to the reality of his sanctification, once told me he had never experienced any change in his feelings after he received the blessing, yet he was far more truly filled with the Spirit than others I have known who shouted loud Hallelujahs of joy and praise when they were sanctified.

In reading the portion from which our text is taken, it is beautiful to see Joshua did not try to rebuke Satan, he did nothing; he was speechless, but we read, “The Lord said unto Satan, the Lord rebuke thee, O Satan.”

[b]II.The Child of God resisting Satan.[/b]

In two passages of Scripture that speak of warfare with our great enemy we learn that we withstand him by faith. Eph. vi. 16¬ "Above all taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one." 1 Peter v. 8-The devil "walketh about, seeking whom he may devour; whom withstand steadfast in your faith" (R.V.). "What hinders faith more than anything else?" I once asked a dear old saint of God, and he replied to my query with one word-"Sight." It was sight which hindered the children of Israel entering Canaan. They saw the giants and they doubted God's power to bring them into the land. It was sight made Peter's faith fail when walking on the waters-when he saw the wind boisterous, he began to sink. If we are to know real victory in conflict with Satan, we must "walk by faith, not by sight" for "what we see and feel will never conquer Satan."

We must come to the place where we will utterly disregard feelings and sight and like Abraham live "looking unto the promise of God." In the words of another : "We will never remain victorious in the wear and tear of life by the buffetings of the adversary, unless we take a fresh start daily, solemnly determining to stand upon and keep the Word between us and Satan."

There are other things besides faith which are necessary if we would successfully withstand the enemy. We must by God's grace resist unbelieving and discouraging thoughts." Satan "devours" souls by discouragement when all his other methods have failed. Souls have been wrecked spiritually and physically by listening to Satan's suggestions, they have been plunged into soul darkness and lost their testimony for God. Darkness and discouragement come from Satan and encouragement and hope come from God. "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing"-Rom. xv. 13. My sister next to this verse in her Bible has written this note "No one living beside some Christians would guess that there was a text which speaks of `joy and peace in believing.' “May we not be found among such Christians.

When St. Peter told those to whom he wrote to resist the enemy, he had previously enjoined them to cast all their care upon God, and these two things are closely connected. If we carry our own burdens we will soon lose the power to resist Satan. If we worry we grieve the Holy Spirit and so have no longer His power enabling us to conquer Satan. Personally I wondered recently why Satan was not conquered when I sought to resist him, and soon I found that a care that should have been cast on Jesus had come between my soul and Him.

We resist the enemy also by refusing to pity ourselves. Many people do not see that self-pity comes from Satan, but when Peter said to Jesus "Pity Thyself," Jesus replied "Get thee behind me Satan." Satan is most successful in causing us to pity ourselves. He points out how weak we are, how pale we look, that too much work has been put on us. He reminds us how we have been slighted and neglected and not given our right place, etc. But when self-pity comes into our hearts, faith goes out, for it is impossible for a sunny trust in God to live in the atmosphere of self-love.

[b]Our last point is the most important of all. We -resist the enemy through the power of the blood of the Lamb." "They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb." "The blood is the only weapon that Satan is afraid of" and we are only safe when our whole dependence is upon the precious blood. As Mr. A. Sparks writes: "The moment we are found away from the protection of Calvary's victory, we shall surely fail," so "Victory is of the Lord." "We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."[/b]

Ed Pugh

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