Herein Is My Father Glorified – Part 4

“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification.” 1 Thess. 4:3.

Everything in creation is cooperating with God to produce sons in keeping with His will (some less cooperative than others). The entire world is working for your good: the devil, the flesh and the Spirit of God also. The question is are you?

If you define your good as something outside the will of God for you, if you allow the world system, the devil and your Self to define what you want, then you very likely don’t see or suspect that everything is working together for good.

Christians who are walking in the sprit know it. Do you? “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28.

You see, there is a great abyss between what you in the flesh (Self) want and what God wants. “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Gal. 5:17.

The process that transforms you from operating in the flesh to operating in the Spirit is called sanctification. It is God’s will for you. It is what God wants. “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification.” 1 Thess. 4:3.

God wants you to become spiritual, walking with Him once again in the cool of the day. God wants you to be like Him. God wants you to be the express image of His Son in the earth. God has given us the Law and the Prophets and now the Apostles and the Holy Spirit. We have been given the Word and Redemption through Christ. All these are working together to transform you.

Everything is working to this end, even Satan and the world by its empty promises and lies work to drive you to Christ. Are you seeing? Are you hearing? Are you understanding? Or are you digging in your heels? Our earthly father dug in his heels in the Garden. When he knowingly chose his own will (Self-will) in preference to God’s will.

You hold this trump card. God has brought everything to bear on your becoming what He has purposed in Christ before the foundations of the world — that you be His son, a likeness of Him, a representative of His Kingdom and authority and grace and mercy, and, and, etc.

Are you playing your trump card? My will be done oh God, not yours! God forbid!

It is by your exercise of your will to yield to God and His purpose that you become sanctified. It will not happen apart from your cooperation and submission of will to His. Your sanctification, your being conformed to the image of His son is the method by which God will reveal Himself to others.

Herein is my Father glorified.