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

Benji had embraced Christ, but for him to endure in his journey with the Lord, sanctification was crucial. His current state, not yet sanctified and unprepared for this transformation, made it seem improbable for him to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. When some individuals believe, they lay everything on the altar, displaying a readiness to go the distance with the Lord. Their willingness to forsake all and follow the Lord catches His attention, prompting Him to baptize them in the Holy Spirit, empowering them to fulfill their newfound desires to please Him. However, there are others who, despite believing in the Lord Jesus, are not prepared to fully commit. They still cling to certain burdens, making it challenging for them to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit demands full allegiance; He won’t share you with anything else. Among the hindrances to sanctification, sexual immorality ranks high. Those holding onto such behaviors cannot fully commit to the Lord and may wonder why the Holy Spirit seems unresponsive. Sanctification involves surrendering everything contrary to the will of Christ, including unholy relationships, habits, desires, worldly ambitions, and affections. When the will to surrender is present, the Holy Spirit steps in to empower. As you move forward, bear in mind that the realization of your divine destiny requires sanctification. Ask the Lord to thoroughly sanctify you (see 1 Thes 5:23). —Abraham Damilola Arigi

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