May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.
We live in radical times. Everything lawless, wicked, deceptive, and evil is on the rise. Thankfully, though, we are also seeing an increase in the outpouring of God’s grace.
How do we, as children of God, guard ourselves against the destruction of the enemy and the ever-increasing wickedness that can so easily entangle us? God has not left us unequipped in the face of increasing evil.
God has not left us unequipped in the face of increasing evil
We must first remember: perfection is not going to happen in this lifetime. When we look at the Lord Jesus Christ, I don’t think His perfection was His primary protection against the evil that surrounded Him here on earth. Rather, His primary guard and protection was this: He was completely filled by His Father’s love, presence, and will.
Similarly, for us as His children, our goal should be blamelessness, even as evil and wickedness increase around us. The psalmists speak often of the coveted condition they describe as “blameless”. “He whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall” (Proverbs 28:18). That’s exactly what we are looking for.
How can we be kept safe against evil that can so easily ensnare us? By developing a blameless walk.
Does that goal of blamelessness seem difficult to attain? It’s not. God has revealed through His Scripture a very livable blamelessness. For instance, Psalm 19:12-13 shows us that King David’s inspired definition of blamelessness was this: when no wilful sin is ruling over us. Not living under the power of willful sin is not only possible, but it is our Holy Spirit-empowered reality and the will of our Father in Heaven.
He has revealed through His Scripture a very livable blamelessness
So how do we start becoming blameless? By allowing God Himself to sanctify us through and through — in our relationships, entertainment, hobbies and everything else. The way to do this is by obeying His Word. God wants no part of our lives to say, “Keep out!”; our safety lies in inviting Christ’s involvement in everything. Doing so in all areas of our lives helps us to make better choices in what we’re watching, saying or doing. The blameless believer realises the importance of this because they have no confidence in their own flesh. They simply realise that obedience places them in the posture that God delights to bless. Obedience invites Christ to show His perfect strength in our mortal weakness.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for You are a God who sanctifies us. May our spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the One who calls us is faithful and we are eternally grateful. In the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
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