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Sermon:
SPIRITUAL INTIMACY Ė POINTERS AND PATTERNS
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There is much confusion today about the subject of holiness/ sanctification/ separation.
Weíve been confused by terms that are not Biblical. Terms like:
☛ second work of grace.
☛ second blessing.
These terms can be confusing Ė whole denominations have been built on these terms. I am not going to argue w/ anyone, but weíre actually dealing with this two distinctly Biblical issues.
ONE - JUSTIFICATION TWO - SANCTIFICATION
Itís not either or Ė itís both/and. Both begin at the moment of salvation. THEY ARE DIFFERENT - but the same. Canít have 1 w/out the other. This isnít true when you hear people talking about a second work of grace or a second blessing. Typically, those terms are used to define something that some get and some canít get.
JUSTIFICATION: SANCTIFICATION:
Set free from guilt Set free from desire to sin
spiritual birth spiritual development
event process
were sinners now sons
Holiness Ė sanctification Ė isnít for elite group who have a gift or experience - it is Godís plan for all believers.
Iím skeptical of any believer who asks, ĎHave you got it?í - NO, BUT I HAVE HIM! Jesus is holiness personified

Holiness & sanctification is simply loving God w/ all my mind, heart, soul and strength and loving my neighbor as myself.
Holiness is not optional Ė it is a command, ĎBe holy as I am holy..í GODíS COMMANDS ARE GODíS ENABLEMENTS. God calls us to be holy and gives us His Holy Spirit to empower us to be holy.
SANCTIFICATION Ė everything God does to make us like Jesus. It begins the moment I come to Christ. It continues in a process that results in a changed life.
The Latin santificatio, means the act/ process of making holy, consecrated. Greek - the same root is word is the basis for words like: "holiness," "consecration," "sanctification" "to sanctify," "consecrate," "treat as holy," "purify" "saint."
When we were saved, we were set apart now, day by day Ė moment by moment Ė decision by decision - the Holy Spirit helps us, molds us, empowers us to be like Jesus.

We are in a daily battle - struggle - in this area Ė The Bible assures us of victory - but we have to cooperate so God can operate. This is a growth process - there is no magic formula - instant sanctification.
Typically, there is a crisis point in our lives, we come to a life changing decision Ė not for salvation, but Lordship.
✖ I realize I canít control my life. I get sick and tired of being sick and tired.
✖ I quit playing church games and go for it...I sell out. No more resistance. I count the cost and move forward. Itís putting my all on the altar.
✖ I hunger and thirst after righteousness. One passion - to know God, obey Him, seek Him w/ all my heart.
✖ ITíS A MATTER OF DIRECTION MORE THAN PERFECTION.
THE POINT WHERE WE DIE TO SELF Ė where we fully, willingly, knowingly, say, ĎI want