God said in Leviticus 11:44 (NIV), “‘I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.’” Now, the Hebrew root for “sanctify” is qâdhash, which is also the root for “holy.”
Sanctification is the process of becoming holy in daily life; it is practicing purity and being set apart from the world and sin. Sanctification is allowing the Holy Spirit to make us more like Jesus in what we do, in what we think, and in what we desire.
If we are to see God do wonders in our midst, we must embrace the process of sanctification and live holy!
Fasting is an essential means of sanctifying yourself, pulling yourself away from the world, and getting closer to God. Fasting allows you to filter your life and to set yourself apart to seek the Lord. Jesus prayed for us: “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth” (John 17:16–19, NKJV).
Fasting will also help you identify areas of hidden sin and things that are displeasing to God in your life. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:13–14, NKJV).
Because we are in Christ, His blood cleanses us from dead works, enabling us to serve God in holiness!
21-Day Fasting Journey with Jentezen Franklin