It has taken longer to complete this discussion of our Sanctification, due to traveling and other commitments. My apologies.
In the last post, I mentioned 2 Corinthians 3:18 which tells us that we are changed from one degree of glory to another, through the Word of God, and that it is the Spirit of God who does this work in us.
The Spirit of God is the agent within us seeking to make us into the people that God desires us to be. God has given us His Spirit to indwell us, and to change us from the inside out, all for the glory of God. The Spirit desires to use the Word of God to change everything about us. This includes changing things regarding our minds: how we think, what we think about, our reasoning, etc. This also includes changing things regarding our wills: what we like/dislike, what we choose, what we desire, our goals, etc. This also includes changing things regarding our affections: what/how we love, what we will pursue, what we will value, etc.
Sanctification is an all-encompassing work by the Holy Spirit. He seeks to produce fruit of righteousness in us (Galatians 5). We must be filled or controlled by the Spirit of God (Ephesians 5). This command is one that tells us that we must allow the Spirit of God to control every aspect of our lives. Our responses to life must be yielded to the Spirit; our choices and decisions must be yielded to the Spirit; our relationships must be yielded to the Spirit, and so forth.
The element of walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5) is what we struggle with daily. We fail to yield ourselves to the control of the Holy Spirit, and because we snuff Him out of our daily living, by default we yield ourselves to our fleshly pursuits. When we feed our flesh, it will grow; but when we continually feed the Spirit (so to speak), the Spirit’s influence in our lives will grow as well.
In our pursuit of holiness and sanctification, we must not neglect the importance of the Holy Spirit within us. If we try to grow simply on our own terms, in our own way and time, we will fail. We must daily yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit.