God’s Redemption: Progressive Sanctification

Our standing never changes. The moment we accept Jesus as our Savior, we step into an eternal relationship. Ephesians 1:13 says, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.”

We were placed in a foundation that will never be shaken. 2 Timothy 2:19 says, “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

This is where our state meets our standing. Does our state of mind change? Yes. It changes myriad times. We can go from happy to sad in one moment of time. Yet when we are facing an impossibility, it is our standing that gives us stability.

Hebrews 6:18 says, “That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.” This verse speaks of our standing.

Many of the words in the Psalms go from despair (state) to hope (standing). Our hope is an anchor in the midst of the storms of life. It is through these storm-trials that the Lord develops our character. His purpose is that we will exemplify Him.

The enemy does everything in his power to lead us astray. Psalm 119:28 says, “My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to Your word.” Our soul melts (state) but it is strengthened through the word which will never be altered or changed (standing).

Psalm 119:89 says, “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.” Isaiah 55:11 says that God’s word will never return to Him void. Titus 1:2 says, “In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.”

When we face temptations or impossible circumstances (state) we can immediately stand in truth. Mark 11:22 says, “…Have faith in God.” We error when we put our faith in what we HOPE God will do.

David wrote Psalm 62:5. It says, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.” I want to recap a time in David’s life where he went from a tumultuous state of mind to peace and clear direction.

He and his men were emotionally exhausted. They even spoke of stoning him. What did he do? 1 Samuel 30:6 says, “…But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” In verse 8 he inquired of the Lord and received specific direction.

In Psalm 61:2, David’s heart was overwhelmed. He cried out to the Lord. In verse 3 he stood in the midst of his state of being overwhelmed. It says, “For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.” Let us copy his example the next time we face an impossibility. When our state of mind says, ‘I can’t,’ we stand in what we know to be true. That is the journey of progressive sanctification.

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