God’s Will for Spiritual Growth

Finally then, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us how you must walk and please God—as you are doing—do so even more. For you know what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality, so that each of you knows how to control his own body in sanctification and honor, not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don’t know God (1 Thessalonians 4:1-5).

Whenever God’s will is mentioned in God’s Word, His will always pertains to something specific God desires for His followers. God is not trying to confuse us in regard to His will. He spells it out clearly for us throughout the Bible.

In the example above, God’s will for His followers is our sanctification, that we be set apart for Him. He desires that our lives reflect His goodness, holiness, and purity. And, this remains God’s will for His followers, without exception.

Of course, in order to be sanctified – set apart for God – you must receive the Spirit of God. Only He is able to truly set you apart to live the life He has created you to live. If you have not yet begun to experience this sanctification, please seek to know and embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Then, be intentional about praying specifically for God’s will like Paul taught the Thessalonians. Pray that God would help you to be sanctified and grow in purity. That is a prayer, if you are sincere in your faith, you can expect God to answer!

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