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Day 101: The Wonders of Sanctification

The Daily Word: Saturday, April 11th, 2020
Joshua 3:1-4:24
Luke 14:7-35
Psalm 80:1-19
Proverbs 12:27-28
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” – Josh. 3:5

The precondition to “wonders” is sanctification. The requirement for miracles is cleansing! To be sanctified means to be set apart: to be cleansed externally, and to be, “…purified internally by the renewing of the soul.”[1] On the one hand, Jesus has already sanctified you:

But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. – 1 Cor. 6:11

On the other hand, you are still being sanctified day by day:

For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. – Heb 10:14

Sanctification is both immediate and gradual. You “were sanctified” (1 Cor. 6:11); but you are also “being sanctified” (Heb. 10:14)! Transformation with God is both all at once, and a little at a time! You have been made perfect. But there are still parts of you that need to be transformed into the image of Christ. And as you allow God’s Holy Spirit to work in you, the end result is that, “…the Lord will do wonders among you” (Josh. 3:5).

God wants to work miracles in your life. You do your part! And He will do His.


Father, thank You for sanctifying me! And now I ask that You would keep sanctifying me: day after day, and moment by moment. I know the more I am made separate, the more Your wonders will happen in my midst, in Jesus’ name!

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[1] Strong’s G37; hagiazo

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