His Sanctifying Presence
“Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:16).
There’re certain Christians who often feel unqualified or not worthy to be used of God or to receive the Holy Spirit. They feel they’re too unholy for a holy God. So you hear them say: “I don’t think I can receive the Holy Spirit; at least not today. My life has been really terrible and I think I should settle matters first with God before I ask Him for the Holy Spirit.” What such people haven’t understood is that you can’t please God without the Holy Spirit. You need the Holy Spirit in your life to be able to live right.
His presence in your life—purifies you and sanctifies whatever offerings or oblations you render to God. Our prayers for example are only acceptable to God when we offer them to Him through the Spirit. Our human languages are too impure for God. They contain words we use for everyday dealings and communications—too mundane and impure for a holy God!
The Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice to God on account of our sins, through the Spirit to be accepted by God: “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14). If Jesus, the precious Son of God who was on earth to carry out God’s eternal will, would present Himself to God through the Spirit to be accepted, it therefore means God wouldn’t require any less of us!
How imperative it is for us to receive the Holy Spirit and be yielded to His influence and guidance at all times! His presence in you and upon you purifies your entire life, and everything you do for the Lord.
thank you for purifying me through and through by your Spirit who lives in me, and abides with me; thus making my offerings, devotions and ministry acceptable to you. I’m grateful for this immense blessing and privilege,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 Peter 1:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:11