1 THESSALONIANS 5:23-24 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through — that is, separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God — and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete and found blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

24. Faithful is He Who is calling you (to Himself) and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it (that is, fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you). Amp.

DEFINITIONS

Sanctify – c) to make holy, purify or consecrate, to venerate — hallow.

Venerate – d) to look upon with feelings of deep respect and reverence.

Profane – d) showing disregard or contempt for sacred things; irreverent.

Consecrated – d) to set apart as holy; devote to religious use; dedicate.

Diligent – d) done with careful, steady effort, painstaking.

There are many times in the scriptures that God’s people are called to be blameless.

Rev. 14:5 … for they are blameless—spotless, untainted without blemish—before the throne of God.

11Peter 3:14 Wherefore beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found in Him peace, without spot, and blameless. KJV.

These are all warnings telling us that Jesus is coming back and if we are ready it will be because we have been diligent. And as we are diligent and dedicated to the Lord, where we are not up and down in our praying but have grown to a place where the devil cannot steal our time from us anymore we can expect victories.

Prayer time is the time that we build up strength each time we pray. It is more valuable to us than we can see. We must be diligent in our prayer life to get any and all victories. He must be the source of our life’s needs so we can learn how to receive the spiritual needs that we have. Prayer helps self to die.

We must continually grow in all the spiritual areas of our life. Diligence is the only way we can know we are on the right track. Trials may be beating down upon us. Answers may seem they will never come. But in that setting is just the place He likes to come.

It is easy to pray when all is well and all our prayers are answered. But He is testing us in the hard place to see how important serving Him is to us. There may be days when you just want to sit down in despair, but that is not an option that we have if we want to be found blameless and at peace when He comes.

There will be those days though. That is the spiritual strength we must pray for. Sure He has mercy and will always pick us up when we fall, but that is not the life of victory. We have to know the devil will always try to stop us. We cannot give in to those times but we must learn how to fight and not give up. The flesh will war against the Spirit. We must choose the Spirit and fight.

Once you let the Holy Spirit have control it is like pedaling a bike uphill and grabbing hold of another vehicle and just coasting the rest of the way. He knows we do not have the strength. He wants us to know, we don’t have the strength so we can learn how to receive what we need from the Holy Spirit.

As we do our part being diligent and faithful to Him, we can expect Him to sanctify us so we will be blameless before the Throne when He comes.

SUBJECT — PRAYER — CH SPURGEON

Prayer must not be our chance work, but our daily business, our habit and vocation. So we must addict ourselves to prayer.

SONG — SELAH 2 — PHIL DRISCOLL

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