January 15, 2017 – Why We Need Sanctification For The Fulfillment Of Destiny – Bishop David Oyedepo
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. The Bible says: Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear (Isaiah 59:1-2).
The scriptures further say: If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: (Psalm 66:18). 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 (Psalm 66:19-20).
It enhances our access to revelations: Revelation is buying into the heart of God on the issues of the hour. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant (Psalm 25:14).
For instance, 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). At another time, Joseph said, ‘But I fear God’ (Genesis 39: 7-9; 42:18). Thus, access to revelation requires sanctification; otherwise, we will be limited to information that anybody can get.
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). For instance, when we don’t change the oil in our car, the engine will soon knock down. Similarly, it is walking in the newness of life (sanctification) that guarantees access to fresh oil (Proverbs 1: 23; Psalm 45:7).
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). Therefore, stop playing games!
To Secure Eternity with Christ: We need sanctification, so we can make heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
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). This will not be your portion in Jesus’ name!
There are three forces that truncates destinies in the world (1 John 2:15-17).
The Lust of the Flesh: Think of Solomon: he loved many strange women and they turned his hearts away from the Lord; and he ended up in a shrine (1 Kings 11:1-6). If Joseph had fallen into the hand of Potiphar’s wife, he would have ended up in Potiphar’s kitchen. His prime ‘minister-ship’ destiny would have been destroyed on the laps of adultery (Genesis 39: 7-12; 41:38-44).
The Lust of the Eyes: Gehazi had the lust of the eyes. His eyes were on the money and the gift that Naaman brought; that made him leprous and he got separated from the human community. Someone who could have carried twice the double portion of Elijah, ended up as white as snow (2 Kings 5:22-27).
The Pride of Life: Ahithophel was the oracle of God by divine endowment, but he thought that it was his expertise and skills. When his expertise was rejected, he went and hung himself (2 Samuel 17:23). Pride is a killer; it goes before destruction (Proverbs 16: 18).
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 impartation of that Spirit through apostolic and prophetic ministries (Romans 1:11).
By the Revelation of the Truth: It is so important for us to know that 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; Psalm 119:9-11).
The Holy Ghost releases the Spirit of Prayer and Supplications; 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. It is the Holy Ghost that empowers us on the prayer altar, so we can overcome temptations that lurks around us in the day and night. He also empowers us to pray the transfiguration prayer (Matthew 26:41-44; Ephesians 6: 18; Romans 8:26-27).
In conclusion, please understand that 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. Ghazi became leprous. In weakness, they all crashed; but we shall not crash! We shall all fulfil destiny in a grand style, in Jesus’ name! Remain ever blessed!
Are you born again? If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord, you can do so as you say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the Living God. Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”
For further reading, please get my books: Dynamics of Holiness, Overcoming the Forces of Wickedness, Conquering Controlling Powers, The Blood Triumph, The Forces of Freedom, Breaking the Curses of Life, Walking in Dominion, Winning Invisible Battles, Walking in Newness of Life and satan get lost.
I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have five services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:35 a.m., 9:10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:20 p.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 protected]