Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.
John 17:17 NIV
sanctify: to set apart to a sacred purpose One of 4 definitions found in Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary.
What am I set apart for? What is my sacred purpose? During this season of life, I believe I am called, along with my husband, to raise up the next generation (our children, children who visit our home and those we are in contact with at school and church) of God-followers. To instill in them with word and action the love of Christ and the wisdom of a life dedicated to His service.
He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.
Proverbs 14:26 NIV
The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
Proverbs 14:1 NIV
The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of of fools is deception.
Proverbs 14:8 NIV
Am I letting self (deception) be my strength, instead of His word (truth)? Am I making it a daily priority to build my house with wisdom, to give my children a secure refuge where the fear of Lord is paramount?
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 1:9 – 11 NIV
My love should abound in knowledge. That knowledge, depth of insight, must come from His Word. This will help me discern what is best, be more pure-minded and help fill me with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus.
I must pick up my sword daily to fight the fight. “The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17)
But there is hope for me, lowly sinner, who falls time and time again:
Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6 NIV
He’s not finished with me yet.
Thank you Jesus for being my Savior, my Friend, my Father, My Lord.
– Beckie (look2thehills)