Topic: 2 Thessalonians 3:3-5
"God, who called you to become His child, will do all this for you, just as He promised" (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
Have you ever substituted your own name in a promise like that? I have, and the result is staggering, overwhelming. "God, who called Bill Bright to become His child, will do all this for me, just as He promised."
Include your name in the verse, and the effect will be the same for you. It is incredible that before the very foundation of the world God chose and called you and me to become His children. His foreknowledge makes possible many of the mysteries we puzzle over today.
Your sanctification (setting apart) - and mine - depends upon God, and since He has begun a good work in us, He will see it through to completion. God requires holiness (another word for sanctification) and He is the resource upon whom we may call for accomplishment of that requirement.
While it is true we will never be completely and totally holy in this life, it is equally true that provision is made for us to be holy. Every moment that you and I are under the control of God's Holy Spirit, is a moment that we are holy! Looked at in that light, the task of acquiring holiness does not seem so impossible to attain.
The principle is clear: God never gives a command without the enablement to obey it.
I will see myself as a child of God, the beneficiary of His multitudinous blessings, capable of living a supernatural life and bearing fruit for His glory through His enablement.
Dr Bill Bright