- Day 32 -
May the God of Peace Sanctify You Entirely
1 Thessalonians 5:23
Let us take to heart Apostle Paul’s exhortation to the redeemed faith filled, “Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord (the Master) and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work…” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 NIV). So admonishing, is vital. You can have your ears tickled in just about any church you attend, but to be admonished and exhorted and made ready, to have the fire of the Holy One come and consume the tares in your life, to get you spurred on, to stimulate you to wholesome living—that is quite rare.
“Do not quench the Spirit; [Don’t try to quench the Spirit’s fire in your mind and heart because the refiners fire is the mercy of YAHveh (the LORD) who is a consuming fire!] do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Master YAHshua (Jesus) Messiah. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-24).
The Psalmist says, “teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Wisdom is the by-product of the “fear of YAHveh” (and His forthcoming judgments) based on a love for Him that compels us to obey Him—which is wisdom. Therefore brethren, as YAHshua (Jesus) sought not His own will but His Father’s will, we are to cry out continually seeking in prayer and supplication, “What is Your will Father in this choice? I want to redeem the time and be led by Your Spirit. I know that the end of all things is nearer than ever and I do not want to be caught unaware or off guard without enough oil in my lamp.”
YAHshua said, “He is a rewarder of those who [diligently] seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6) and His will. If we desire anything short of Him and His will we are double-minded (see James 1:7) and are more foolish than the foolish virgins. We will have nothing but the suddenness of the thief coming and the dreadful shame of standing at the judgment seat with no holy fruit from our lives—lives which He died to redeem for His name sake.