“No matter what sin we happen to be struggling with. No matter how intense the battle in our members may appear to be we can take heart that God’s will is for us to be sanctified. God’s will is that we will overcome the battle in our members.”
(Jeffrey Stivason – Place For Truth) For Christians, there are proverbial perennial questions that are, well, perennial. Every May graduating Christians seek the will of God for where they will take further education….
Every college student wonders who God has for them on campus. And after boy meets girl and both graduate they labor to discover where God wants them to land. In short, believers ask, over and over, what is the will of God for my life.
That’s why a text like the one we have in I Thessalonians 4:3 can and ought to be viewed as a huge blessing. Often God gives us lots of principles and then says, “Now, choose wisely!” But in this text Paul writes, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification…” Now, we are glad to read a statement like this one but frankly we don’t get overly excited about it. After all, it doesn’t tell us much. It says that God desires that we be devoted to him and so be separate from sexual immorality, which is really the focus of sanctification at this point in the text. And often the worst part or the least sanctified part of our brain thinks, “I could have guessed that much!”