Sanctification and Spiritual Warfare

 Oh my soul, Why are you downcast? Why are you hiding in darkness?  Why are you trying to cover yourself? Why the pain, torment, destruction? Why in the company of a murderous prowler? Step out into the light.  Come out of the shadows. Repent and embrace your loving creator. Receive the breath of life.  Put on his redemption, his protecting armor.  Stand in the might of your warrior King.  Resist that ancient crushed head serpent.  Renew your mind from the vanities of the world.  Fill yourself with the sweet words of honey.  Celebrate the death of your flesh.  Do not put on those rancid grave clothes.  Spread your “wings sheathed with silver and feathered with gold,” Oh pure dove of God. (Ps. 68:13 NIV)

“Know may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess. 5:23)