Decision is a Principal Factor
“If it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, you choose this day whom you will serve;…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 )
It may be impossible for everybody to reach the top in material success, but God’s way to spiritual perfection is open to every soul. (Mark 9: 23 ) Complete deliverance is offered to all people. At the same time its benefit is forced upon no one, nor does God begin His glorious part until the soul has really DECIDED to be holy!
And until this decision becomes an established fact, God’s help is stopped. True "faith" is freed to work, ONLY upon a TRUE decision, to really mean the oath of “Thy will be done!” (Matt. 6: 10 )
Ask any of those who are truly sanctified wholly, and they will tell you they made no progress until they had FULLY DECIDED THAT THEY WOULD HAVE the pure MIND of CHRIST rule completely, full time! They admit that only when they became totally determined, and refused to back down regardless of accusations, and lies from the carnal mind, or anything else did they receive the "gift of sanctification."
When one has fully decided to become holy, they bend very thought, and action to bring it to pass. They renounce every discouraging suggestion from without, and every evil imagination from within. By "denying ALL ungodliness and worldly lust, in order to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world!" (Titus 2:12 ) They refuse to allow anything or anybody to keep them from becoming pure, and holy! ONLY by "Casting down, every thought that doesn’t agree with the MIND of Christ, the WORD of GOD, as trully being “finished on earth as it is in heaven.’ in them! (2Cor. 10: 5 ; Matt. 6: 9-10 )
As long as anyone continues to find excuses why they are not made holy, or why they may never get through, they have not determined to become "sanctified." When the eternal decision is made to have that experience, that is the first major step toward living "even the righteousness" of the Creator.
The next step is relying upon His promises by believing the Truth, that it is "God’s will even their sanctification" (1Thes. 4:3 ) The WORD supplies plenty of this. Every demand of Divinity is backed with a promise. Promise after promise fairly leap out of the WORD, to meet and encourage the genuine “seeker.” This puts the "seeker" into that same joy filled expectancy that any child possesses whose Father promises them any other glorious gift. (Luke 11: 13 & 1: 74-77 )
Next is the exercising of godly faith by believing, which completes the work of sanctification. One may or may not be conscious of this exercise. Many saints testify that they were so absorbed in HIS WORDS about the time they were purified, that they didn’t think of exercising faith! The living WORD finalized the purification at the point of their total surrender to His will. HIS WORDs were allowed to accomplish that which is HIS will, even your holiness and purity!
When this stage is reached, where the "seeker" is in such straits, that they become weak, or alarmed, or shocked in their wrestling against sin and satan – if at this period they should accept God’s given way to deliverance, HIS WORD of TRUTH, and they soon receive all they are expecting, and find themselves clear through into purification, of mind, body and soul. (1 Thes. 5: 23 )
There is no playing around getting rid of the ‘OLD MAN’ SIN. But God’s fact of TRUTH is used to destroy the enemy, “self,” which states: ‘"Knowing this that our “old man” WAS CRUCIFIED with Christ, that the body of sin may be destroyed, from than on, we should NOT serve sin.’ And! more WORDS of GODLY Faith are . . . ‘Now being set free from sin, we become servants of God, our fruit unto holiness and the result everlasting life’ (Rom. 6: 6,22 ) Those who say that they have gotten through easily, will very likely wake up some time to find that the “old man” is still enthroned, instead of Christ being only Lord, and RULER of mind, will and emotions.
It was stated by experience that, “Sanctification is possessing the mind of Christ all of it.” Also, “Sanctification is an instantaneous deliverance from [ALL] sin and not protracted [delayed] tedious process.” by John Wesley. The only thing that seems like a process is the decision to be holy, and be-live the WORD of GOD,
We are NOT to allow ourselves to turn from THE WAY, or to give in to wordly reasoning, or relying on the "carnal mind," but to rely completely on the WORDS of God! The devil has plenty of suggestions at every stage of the journey to detour the soul from “THE WAY of HOLINESS of the Truth and the Light! But "greater is He in me than is he that is in the World ..” Do you REALLY believe those WORDS of GOD? Than why all the so-called “processing,” lies?
GOD said "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called “The Way of Holiness,” the unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for those, the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” (Isaiah 35: 8 ) Did you SEE that those who believe they are "unclean" in their minds, instead of created in the Image of GOD, shall not pass over the "Way of Holiness?"
When satan fights a soul to a stand-still, it is often because that the soul has not yet FULLY DECIDED TO GO ALL THE WAY!
Practically every lost and doomed soul is, or has been, headed by one or both parents who never even tried to become interested in true holiness; or, if among holiness folks, one or both never “SET THEIR FACE LIKE A FLINT” TO BECOME SANCTIFIED WHOLLY! (1Thes. 5: 23-24 )
Everybody who will be wallowing forever in the lake of fire are going to be there because they never really decided, one hundred percent, to go to Heaven!
Instead of being a slave to whims and imaginations of anything that is ungodly, bring your thoughts into captivity! Yes, bring EVERY thought unto the RULE of the WORD. Exterminate carnality, hog-tie the “old man," and let the "fallen human being" mind set just be "crucified with CHRIST” by OBEYING the WORDS of GOD and not the ideas of the "fallen!"
God’s unlimited promises are to the “WHO-SO-EVER” crowd, as stated. ‘No one born (begotten) of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, for God's nature abides in them [His principle of TRUTH], and they cannot practice sinning because they are born of God. (1 John 3:9 ) It all depends on is your decision to agree with the HOLINESS of the Word of God. We do not say that decision will deliver us, but it opens the way for the WORDs of GOD to do for you what is otherwise impossible. It is Christ’s atonement that deliverers us from sin, after we decide to be Totally Free!
The power of decision is WITHIN YOUR FREE MORAL AGENCY! God will not interfere with your choice! He says, “You Choose this day who you will serve” You are unsanctified because you have not fixed a choice to be “His holiness and righteousness.”by just believing HIS WORDS of TRUTH!
This decision must be eternal and unchangeable, and unwavering and God will meet your decision! God has said, ‘for it His good pleasure to give you HIS kingdom’ (Luke 12: 32. & 1: 74-77 )
This decision does not stop hell’s accusations against you, in the least, but it does conclude God’s work of preparing you for eternity, because "without holiness you will not see God." (Heb. 12: 14 )
”And by [His] will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” ALSO! “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who HAVE been sanctified.” (Hebrews 10: 10, 14 ) GOD said that, so just live it!
The real reason for total sanctification is found in the WORDS. . . "because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of [HIS] Spirit and belief of the Truth." (2 Thes. 2: 13 ) The ONLY way to get into heaven is "salvation through sanctification" and that is what GOD claimed by HIS WORD, and NO other way in but by HIS FAITH in HIS FINISHED WORDS!
So why not just be a sanctified saint, instead of a sin stained sinner? Why not go and have a REAL "upper room" experience, fully and for all time! What form hell could be stopping you, from HIS holiness and purity?
Why would anyone postpone the experience of sanctification, for even one moment?
Why not realy decide to be a REAL "child of GOD, WHOLLY"
. . ."And they that belong to Christ's HAVE crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Gal 5:24 "Who-so-ever sins belongs to the devil. . . " 1Jn.3:8 So do you really BELONG to Christ?