Engaging the Power of Sanctification for Fulfilment of Destiny! By David Oyedepo
Topic: Engaging the Power of Sanctification for Fulfilment of Destiny!
Happy New Year! I believe 2018 was indeed a New Dawn year for you and your family? My prayer is that 2019 shall be your year of Dominion in all areas of life in Jesus’ name! To start with, this week, we shall examine the topic: Engaging the Power of Sanctification for Fulfilment of Destiny!
From scriptures, we understand that every child of God is ordained a global and mountaintop citizen. As it is written: And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:29; see also Matthew 5:14; Deuteronomy 28:1; Genesis 28:14). That means we are ordained to bless 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 is sanctification; which is living to please God. Please understand that sanctification is a spiritual catalyst for the fulfilment of destiny. The Bible says: Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34).In other words, it takes sanctification to go up and stay up. Samson went up by sanctification; but came down by desecration (Judges 13:3-5, 16:1-30). Also, remember Solomon loved many strange women and he ended up in a shrine (1 Kings 11:1-6).That establishes the fact that, destiny is at a risk without sanctification. We must understand that sanctification is the will of God for us. For 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).
How, then does Sanctification enhance the Fulfilment of Destiny?
1. It is required for Answered Prayers: To fulfil our glorious destinies, prayers are required. It is important to know that we need sanctification to qualify for answers on the prayer altar (Isaiah 59:1-2; 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).
2. It enhances our access to Revelations: Access to revelation requires sanctification and revelation is buying into the heart of God on the issues of the hour (Psalm 25:14).Joseph had abundant access to the secrets of God and he had an enviable destiny. It was said of him that forasmuch as God has shown him all these things, he was in another class (Genesis 41:37-40). After he had revealed himself to his brethren, he said, ‘But I fear God’ (Genesis 42:18). Also, his reverence for God’s laws prevented him from sleeping with Potiphar’s wife.
3. For Next-Levels of Anointing: Anointing is a requirement for the fulfilment of destiny and access to it is by sanctification. Furthermore, anointing that is not regularly topped up will culminate in loss of impact. This requires daily desperation for sanctification. Also, it takes fresh Oil to command fresh impact (Psalm 92:10; Luke 5:37-38). As we all know, if we don’t change the oil in our car, the engine will soon knock. It is walking in the newness of life that guarantees access to fresh Oil (Proverbs 1: 23; Psalm 45:7).
4. For Security of Destiny: Many great destinies in scriptures crashed for lack of sanctification. Think of Achan, who saw a wedge of gold, coveted and took it into his tent, dug the ground and kept it there. That singular act of lack of self-control ended his destiny, and that of his entire family (Joshua 7:19-26). However, there are three forces that truncate destinies (1 John 2:15-17).
a. The lust of the flesh (1 Kings 11:1-6; Genesis 39: 7-12, 41:38-44).
b. The lust of the eyes (2 Kings 5:22-27).
c. The pride of life (Proverbs 16: 18).
5. For Security of Posterity: Our uprightness is the security of our generation (Psalm 112:1-2). Our walk today determines the blessings that follow our children tomorrow (Proverbs 20:7). So, stop playing games!
6. 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
1. 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).
2. By the Revelation of the Truth: It is so important 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, 119:9-11).
3. By the Release of the Spirit of Prayer and Supplications: Prayer is a channel for overcoming temptations. In Matthew 26:41-44, 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 (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, a disciple also lost it. Achan lost his entire lineage. Gehazi became leprous. In weakness, they all crashed; but we shall not crash! We shall all fulfil destiny in grand style in Jesus’ name!
However, you must be born again to experience sanctification. 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 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, The Blood Triumph and Dynamics of Holiness. I invite you to come and 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.
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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