Engaging the Power of Sanctification for Fulfilment of Destiny! By Bishop David Oyedepo
Topic: Engaging the Power of Sanctification for Fulfilment of Destiny!
Welcome to December! I believe every one of us must have had definite encounters with God via praise in the course of the month of November 2019, I pray that each of us will keep telling the story of our diverse encounters for life (Amen). This week, we shall focus on: Engaging the Power of Sanctification for Fulfilment of Destiny!
From scriptures, we discover that every child of God is ordained a mountaintop global citizen. As it is written, Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid (Matthew 5:14; see also Deuteronomy 28:1; Genesis 28:14). However, it is not enough to discover destiny, we must know how to see it fulfilled (Galatians 3:29). That means we are ordained to bless our world, and not to be a burden to our world. However, to fulfil that glorious, colourful and enviable destiny, certain things must be in place. Among these things is sanctification —living to please God. Sanctification is a spiritual catalyst for fulfilment of destiny (Proverbs 14:34). That means it takes sanctification to go up and to stay up. Samson went up by sanctification; but he came down by desecration (Judges 13:3-5, 16:1-30). Also, think of Solomon, he loved many strange women and he ended up in a shrine (1 Kings 11:1-6). That establishes the fact that destiny is at risk without sanctification.
Furthermore, sanctification is the will of God. As it is written, For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4). That means there must be a way to live a sanctified life. And we must know the way to possess our vessels in sanctification and honour. Jesus said, Which of you convinceth me of sin? (John 8:46; see also 2 Corinthians 5:21). If Jesus knew no sin, but became sin for us; how then did Jesus have dominion over sin?
First, we must understand that iniquity is a mystery; but, godliness is a ‘great mystery’. The Bible says, For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way (2 Thessalonians 2:7; see also 1 Timothy 3:16). So, we have the mystery of iniquity that can only be swallowed up by the great mystery of godliness just like in the case of Aaron’s Rod, swallowing up the rods of the magicians (Exodus 7:10-12). Jesus had the Spirit of Holiness on His life; that was what empowered Him to have dominion over sin (Romans 1:4). Jesus, the holy child of God, still needed the Spirit of Holiness to live a sanctified life (Luke 1:30-35). That means every one of us must understand that the Spirit of Holiness is the only way to live a sanctified life (1 Corinthians 6:11).
Why Do We Need Sanctification?
It is Required for Answered Prayers: It is important for us to know that we need sanctification to qualify for answered prayers (Psalm 66:18-20; Isaiah 59:1-2). However, one interesting thing about our God is that any time we repent of our sins, He forgives us as if we never did it.
It Enhances our Access to Revelations: Revelation is buying into the heart of God on the issues of the hour. Joseph had access to the secrets of God and it was said of him forasmuch as God has shown you all these things, you are in another class (Genesis 41:37-40; Psalm 25:14). So, access to revelation requires sanctification; otherwise, we will be limited to information which anybody can have.
For Next-Levels of Anointing: Not every anointed man is impactful. It takes fresh oil to command fresh impact (Psalm 92:10; Luke 5:37-38). If you don’t change the oil in your car, the engine will soon knockdown. It is walking in the newness of life that guarantees access to fresh oil (Proverbs 1:23; Psalm 45:7).
For Security of Destiny: Many great destinies in scriptures crashed for lack of sanctification. Think of Achan, who saw a wedge of gold and coveted it. He took it into his tent, dug the ground and kept it there and that ended his destiny, and that of his entire family (Joshua 7:19-26).
Security of Posterity: Our uprightness is the security of our generation (Psalm 112:1-2). Our walk today, determines the blessings of our children tomorrow (Proverbs 20:7). So, stop playing games!
To Secure Eternity with Christ: We need sanctification, so we can make heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
Channels through Which the Holy Ghost Sanctifies Us
By the Impartation of the Spirit of Holiness: This impartation could come to us directly, as we crave and thirst for Him (Luke 11:13). We can also access the impartation of that Spirit through apostolic and prophetic ministries (Romans 1:11).
By the Revelation of the Truth: Revelation empowers for sanctification and the Holy Ghost is our access to revelation. That means He enhances our access to sanctification (John 17:17; Psalm 19:7-9, 119:9-11).
The Holy Ghost Releases the Spirit of Prayer and Supplication, so we can overcome all Temptations: Prayer is a channel for overcoming temptations. In Matthew 26:41, the disciples could not pray because their flesh was weak. So, the Holy Ghost empowers us on the prayer altar, so we can overcome temptations, day and night. And He also empowers us to pray the transfiguration prayer (Matthew 26:41-44; Ephesians 6:18; Romans 8:26-27).
In conclusion, destiny is at a risk without sanctification. Solomon lost it all. Samson became a toy in the hands of his enemies; they plucked out his two eyes and asked him to dance for them. Judas, an apostle, lost it. Achan lost his entire lineage. Gehazi became leprous. In weakness, they all crashed; but we shall not crash! However, you must be born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me! Now, I know I am born again!
For further reading, please get my books: Walking in the Newness of Life, Conquering Controlling Powers and The Blood Triumph. I invite you to fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have four services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively. I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, or call 01-4548070, 01-4548280, or E-mail: email@example.com, Facebook: David Oyedepo Ministries International, Twitter: @DavidOyedepoMin.
Bishop David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, and the founder and presiding bishop of the mega church, Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel.