CAN WE ATTAIN WHAT HE HAS CALLED US TO?
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (Amplified Bible) And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; (Lord God, that is YOU. You do it. You sanctify me. You keep me separated from unholy things; YOU help me to be pure and consecrated to You . . . when I am committed to that goal)
and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah). You Lord will help me to preserve my spirit, my soul~mind, will, and emotions~ and my body sound and complete so I can be blameless when Jesus returns.
24 Faithful is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you]. You my God are absolutely, thoroughly, unconditionally, and positively trustworthy! And You will do this in me; You will keep me and hallow me ( hallow: holy, consecrated, revered) You will consecrate me to Yourself as I bow down to You and claim You as the One and Only God! I give my life to You, wholly and completely.
Hebrews 13:20says God does all those things for us and for others "By the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting covenant." Isn't that amazing?
Hebrews 13:20-21 (Amplified Bible)
20 Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament),
When we are praying and we plead the blood of Jesus over something, we are essentially activating the power of the New Covenant established by the death and resurrection of Jesus. We're saying, "I have God's covenant promise of blessings, and of protection and of deliverance. So when I apply the blood of Jesus to a particular situation in my life, I essentially loose the power of God Himself to go to work for me fulfilling these covenant promises."
This mighty Creator of the universe loves us so much! And by simply pleading the blood of Jesus over the members of my family and others as the Lord leads, I open the door for God to protect them physically and sanctify their hearts. We can even open the door for the Holy Spirit to prepare them for the coming of the Lord. How awesome is that!!
Hebrews 13:21 Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).
Can this loving God offer more to us? He is the One Who gives us strength and equips us with everything we need to carry out His will. Yes, He asks things of us, but He helps us to the point of actually working inside of us Himself to bring us to the point of pleasing Him!
Can we really ask any more?