In Joshua 7:13 we read, “God told Joshua to sanctify the people, because if he did not, they would be defeated before their enemies.” Defeat is certainly one of the biggest reasons to seek the freedom that Christ died for us to have.
The following definition of sanctification is found in the Spirit Filled Life Student Bible:
Sanctification is a process in which God is invited to possess every dimension of your personality. For the NT believer it means completely opening yourself up to the cleansing stream of God’s delivering power in your life and allowing the Holy Spirit to make you completely His.
Sanctification is the pathway to release and power. We allow the Lord to sanctify us when we stop playing games with Him and say in our hearts, 'Okay, Lord, I want You to make me completely Yours.' We then give Jesus Christ full permission to enter every dimension of our personality and set us free.
As a Christian, more than anything else our lives should be characterized by victory not defeat. Learning to live in victory is one of my goals for this blog.
The following excerpt is taken from the updated version of Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest, titled Complete and Effective Divinity, and speaks of the process of sanctification in another way:
The resurrection of Jesus has given Him the authority to give the life of God to me, and the experiences of my life must now be built on the foundation of His life. I can have the resurrection life of Jesus here and now, and it will exhibit itself through holiness.
The idea all through the Apostle Paul’s writings is that after the decision to be identified with Jesus in His death has been made, the resurrection life of Jesus penetrates every bit of my human nature.
It takes the omnipotence of God— His complete and effective divinity— to live the life of the Son of God in human flesh. The Holy Spirit cannot be accepted as a guest in merely one room of the house— He invades all of it.
And once I decide that my 'old man' (that is, my heredity of sin) should be identified with the death of Jesus, the Holy Spirit invades me. He takes charge of everything.
My part is to walk in the light and to obey all that He reveals to me. Once I have made that important decision about sin, it is easy to 'reckon' that I am actually 'dead indeed to sin,' because I find the life of Jesus in me all the time (Romans 6:11).