I have been reading a lot about Sanctification lately. It seems like every now and then I hit some sort of wall, I think I am chugging along pretty well and my sin or lack of focus or doubts about my walk with the Lord overtake my thoughts and I struggle. I struggle with my motives, question and second guess my thoughts and I always end up back in scripture and God provides the answers to my doubts and I have peace again. I know God’s promises, I believe in the perseverance of the saints but there are days when my behavior and sin get in the way of what I know in my heart to be true according to scripture. The process of sanctification is going to go on until the Lord calls us home or comes and gets us and it’s such a blessing to know and understand that God enables us to serve Him, to spread His Gospel and love and care for His sheep and that HE is in charge of our eternal security.
A few of the resources that helped me this week I have listed below. An amazing sermon by John MacArthur that nearly had me bawling like a baby at my desk at work:Peace and Grace: Links in the chain of security.
A wonderful article by Mike Ratliff from Possessing the treasure, Here: Sanctification, and a A post from Diane at Theology for Girls by J.C.Ryle below.
SANCTIFICATION BY J.C.RYLE
“By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified…Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. ” (Rom 3:20,28).
The only righteousness in which we can appear before God is the righteousness of another — even the perfect righteousness of our Substitute and Representative, Jesus Christ the Lord. His work, and not our work is our only title to heaven. This is truth that we should be ready to die to maintain.