The way of Sanctification is the way of becoming more and more like unto our Holy God. Sanctification is God’s way of bringing us closer to experience more of his glorious providence. For a holy man finds God.
There are ways we ought to follow if we must be sanctified and be made holy unto God.
1. Prayer, God’s way
Prayer is as vast as God. It is a weapon of many cutting edges. We just cannot tell all about how to pray nor can we tell the wholeness of prayer. It can only be revealed by the Holy Spirit as we begin to pray more.
One of the ways to attain sanctification is through prayers. Prayer is one of the keys to spiritual growth. A praying man stops sinning and a sinning man stops praying. Any man who grows in the spirit diminishes in the flesh. And a man who is dead to the flesh lives unto God.
Sanctification through prayers can happen in two ways: Either we pray for it, or the Holy Ghost sanctifies us Himself when He sees our commitment in prayers.
Brethren, as it concerns God sanctifying us by himself; my God is hungry for men of power and fire. If He finds a boy or girl who is praying regularly, He will prune him/her to produce more fruits. Part of the pruning process is to give the praying Christian sanctity so that he/she can be of more use to God.
Also, we can pray for sanctification. There are sins that don’t lead to death (1 John 5:16), we must pray to God to sanctify us from them.
If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.1 John 5:16
In 1 John 5:16, John tells us to pray for our brothers who sin not unto death. An example of such sin is our ‘lateness to church’. One may argue that it is not a sin and another will argue that it is. That man who is convinced that lateness to church is a sin has been sanctified from lateness to church and that is why his spirit is convinced about it. And if you look at it critically, God will not want us to be late to church because we will miss a lot. Nonetheless, lateness may not defile a man. This is a true example.
Therefore brethren we must embrace prayer as a way to achieve sanctification. He who lacks grace to pray must ask from our God. For he is zealous to help us pray.
2. Bible reading
One of the reasons Christians never grow to maturity, one of the reasons why Christians don’t reach a holy status, one of the reasons the church sleeps and one of the reasons many church people don’t undergo progressive sanctification is because they have ditched the word of God.
Any believer that plays with bible reading plays with sanctification. In fact, prayer sanctifies us indirectly but bible reading sanctifies us directly. Knowing the truth about God gives us the sanctification we need. Isaiah saw the Holiness of God and cried “woe to me, I am undone”. We can also find the holiness of God when we make the bible our companion.
Jesus prayed in John 17:17:
Sanctify them by[a] the truth; your word is truth.John 17:17
3. Hearing the word of God
Being born again is the first stage of Christian sanctification and it is born by hearing or reading God’s word. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
When a sinner hears the word of God and believes it, the Holy Spirit regenerates and sanctifies him into a child of God, free from the powers of sin and darkness.
Another point is that Christians are expected to listen to the servants of God who teach them the undiluted word of God that is able to continue the sanctification process, leading to higher level of holiness.
Iron sharpens Iron (Proverbs 27:17). He that waters shall be watered (Proverbs 11:25). The power of evangelism is beyond converting a lost soul. For when a man preaches to his neighbors and friends, he becomes conscious of living a holy life.
Also, as we work for God, God has promised to prune (sanctification inclusive) us to be of greater use.
More also, the very words with which we condemn the sins of those we preach to, will also hunt us. And then the Holy Spirit will convince us against the sin of hypocrisy. This will birth progressive sanctification.
Holy Ghost revival is our last resort. Sanctification is a continuous process as no one is 100 percent as holy as God. In Holy Ghost revival, God’s spirit shows us the power of His holiness. This makes me not have doubts that the coming revival will birth many holy men and those who are already holy will attain more sanctification. Amen!