1 Thessalonians 4:3 (ESV) For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality.

Benji had accepted Christ, but he needed to be sanctified unto the Lord if he was going to go the distance with the Lord. Because he was not sanctified, nor was he ready for this, it seemed impossible for him to even receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

When some believe, they lay everything on the altar. They want to go the distance with the Lord and are willing to leave all and follow the Lord. The Lord sees their willingness and baptizes them [in the Holy Spirit] to empower them to do what they now have the will to do, but have no power of their own to do. However, there are many others that even though they believe in the Lord Jesus, they are not willing to go the distance with the Lord yet. They still carry some weights that they are not willing to drop. It would be difficult for such to even receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is too big to share you with another.

There is nothing that hinders sanctification like sexual immorality. Anyone still desiring to continue in immorality cannot go the distance with the Lord. And he may wonder why the Holy Spirit does not respond to him accordingly.

Sanctification means that you have decided to surrender everything that is contrary to the will of Christ your Lord. These include unholy relationships and friendships, habits, desires, worldly ambitions affections, etc. When the will is there, the Holy Spirit comes to empower you.

Go into today remembering that you cannot walk in the fullness of your divine destiny without sanctification.
Ask the Lord to sanctify you through and through (see 1 Thes 5:23).
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– Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible in 1 Year: Matthew 17-19

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