"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
What Is Sanctification? Part 7
The flesh of the sanctify Christian is attractive to sex just like everybody else, he/she would like to go off on somebody that cross them just like everybody else. He/she gets frustrated like everybody else. He/she likes to be entertained just like everybody else. However because of his/her fear, love and commitment to the Lord, they find a greater pleasure in being doers and not just listeners of the Word. (James 1:22)
In other words, the sanctify person has the same fleshy desires as everybody else. The difference is that there is an inner struggle activated in their inside according to Galatians 5:16-18,
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. NKJV
When we are led by the Spirit of God as the center of our decision-making, even as we experience the inner struggle between what the flesh wants to do versus what the Spirit wants to do, we are free from the law.
God knows our hearts and he will help us through by using grace, truth, correction and discipline and then more grace, truth, correction and discipline and again and again…that is the process of sanctification or the process of moral perfection.
We will make mistake alone the way; that is guaranty. We will fail at times! But because God knows that, He gave us Romans 8:1,
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (NKJV)
When you walk in the Spirit; in other words, when your lifestyle is a lifestyle consecrated to God, you cannot be condemn or declared guilty. God will still deal with you by giving you truth and discipline when needed, but His grace will bring forth the mercy that you need every morning to start all over again.
In that expression of His love, even as it looks as we are getting away with murder, in reality, it is the best system to provoke change in a human’s heart. Beloved, if we end-up in hell, we can’t never blame God.
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.
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