And the Very God of Peace Sanctify you….1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.Faithful is He Who calleth you, Who also will do it.”Now He will do this, but not against your will.Can two walk together except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)To walk with God, you must be in your place. We are creatures…..created to please our Creator.Sin has marred that beginning way…..but not our purpose.So to walk with God, we must agree with God as to our place before Him.We each have a place to fill.But it is all according to God’s Will and plan. We can not fill someone else’s shoes…..nor can they, fill ours.But once we have our place as dependent creature before God, then we can go on.And once the creature has come to the place where they agree to be the creature before the Creator….…it is then they walk as friends.John 15:15-16 “Henceforth I call ye not servants, for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you.Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.”As friends He wants us to know what He will do…..and very especially what He does through you.He has chosen us….and ordained us….(ordained means that He has provided everything that we need to do the job)……that we should “go and bring forth fruit”.We should go into the lives He has given us, and bring forth the fruit of peace, joy, gentleness, patience, etc.That whatsoever we shall ask of the Father in Jesus Name, He may give it us!All this He has done, and seeks our willing cooperation in it all.“Now the very God of Peace sanctify you wholly”.We can not be at odds with God in anything and know this peace. This peace in not judicial, but personal peace between us and He.To start this sanctifying, we must start with subjection to the Holy Spirit in our spirit.2 Peter 1:5 “And besides this giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge;”Here Peter shows the road map to fruitfulness….…we are to add to the faith given us at new birth,….”virtue”…Virtue is “Arte”….or force. By giving all diligence on our part, we are to yield to the force within us by the Holy Spirit.He is there, pulling us on, pushing us out of situations, and molding us.(Diligence is giving all earnest speed to do it.)Through this virtue you will bring your spirit into subjection to the Holy Spirit.These things are all brought about by acts of the Will.And as you yield your will to the Holy Spirit, you find yourself borne along….…as a sailing ship before the wind.Our part is to hoist our sails….giving all diligence….to catch all of the wind of the Holy Spirit, we can.

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