In Touch Devotional By Dr Charles Stanley

Dr. Charles Stanley 22 April 2023 In Touch Daily Devotional

Dr. Charles Stanley 22 April 2023 In Touch Daily Devotional

Dr. Charles Stanley 22 April 2023 In Touch Daily Devotional

You are welcome to Today’s In Touch Daily Devotional written by Dr Charles Stanley and published by In Touch Ministry. Charles F. Stanley is the founder of In Touch Ministries and a New York Times best-selling author. He demonstrates a keen awareness of people’s needs and provides Christ-centered biblically-based principles for everyday life.

Today’s Topic: Sanctification: The Will of God
The Lord has set us apart to reflect His excellencies to those who still live in darkness.

SCRIPTURE: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

Dr. Charles Stanley 22 April 2023 In Touch Daily Devotional

God sends each believer through a process the Bible calls sanctification. Though that’s a large, confusing word, the meaning is simple. Sanctify means “to make holy” or “to set apart.” So when something is sanctified, it’s separated from a common use and designated for a sacred one.

In the Old Testament, God sanctified a number of things: He made the seventh day holy, set aside the Levite tribe as priests, and consecrated places like the tabernacle (Genesis 2:3; Numbers 3:1-51). The Lord still sanctifies today. Before salvation, we are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 5:10). But the moment we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior, our sins are wiped away, and we are adopted into God’s family forever. We are set apart as a child of God for a sacred purpose. We aren’t to chase after personal gain; we should serve God and bring Him honor and glory with our life.

Members of God’s family—also known as saints—are called to reflect His glory. The word saint shares its root with sanctification. We are given this moniker, not because we live sinless lives but because the One we belong to is perfectly holy.

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