Monday, February 18, 2013

How to Live a Sanctified Life

Recently, in our church, we were encouraged to write down a repentance list.  Recognizing ones mistakes of the past is the first step to make a new beginning. That was to be done more deeply than a New Year’s resolution.  I had to look into my life more deeply and honestly because it was done in preparation for Foundation Day.  Foundation Day is the beginning of a whole new era for peace and unity not only for the members of our congregation,  but co-insides with the many predictions for a New Age, The Cosmic Shift, and the Second Coming.

"But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts..."
~ I PETER 3:15

The meaning of sanctify literally means "to set apart" for special use or purpose, that is, to make holy or sacred. Don’t most religious people live a sanctified life?  We are all unique individuals, with a universal purpose to pursue fulfillment, happiness, and peace.  So, let me ask you: how to live a sanctified life?

How do sanctified people look any different on the outside?

Generally, they don’t look any different than most people whom you work, live and play with.  If you are spiritually sensitive, you can detect a sacred glow in people who are happy, peaceful or had a mystical experience.

à I watched a woman named Anita Moorjani who had a near death experience and came back with a beautiful radiance when she tells about her incident in Heaven. She received an awareness about her existence as a human being.  In the process of deciding to come back to her body, she was healed from cancer.    

"Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart"
~ PSALMS 37:4

à I observe my granddaughter who is nine months old.  She shows me every day what is takes to enjoy life.  She makes the most delightful and enchanting baby sounds.  She also tries to please me by making funny faces or coming to me when I call her.  I cannot help but be amused and uplifted by.

à I study people who are content.  Most people today are so much in a hurry; everything has to happen instantaneously or we give up or become angry.  In order to be present, one has to be observant, enjoy the moment and savor everything with all five senses.  Like smelling the flower, hear the birds, taste the chocolate, touch the surface, and see the sunset.

What do sanctified people do?

That’s probably the easiest way to detect a sanctified person – by their action. 

 à Sanctified people seek God’s point of view.  We are all created in relationship to somebody or something.  In God’s eyes there is no division between race, nationality, or religion.  God created a beautiful universe for our enjoyment and satisfaction to use for food, clothing, shelter, and entertainment.

à Sanctified people take ownership over their lives by being responsible for their spiritual development.  They pray and practice mindfulness and focus on what is happening in the present moment.  They are also good stewards over their physical environment, their finances, and their time. 
They also follow core values and live by absolute principles.

à Sanctified people seek fellowship with others by congregating to play and/or worship together.  They are also committed to create harmonious God-centered families where children learn to love, serve and be grateful.  Everything in the universe exists in relationship.  It is our responsibility to learn and understand how to get along as the family of man.

Where do sanctified people live?

We all live in this world side by side.  Once we recognize that there is not only this physical world we exist in but there is also the invisible spiritual realm, we become aware that our life here on earth is only temporary.  Compared to eternity, our lives here on earth are very short (60 to 100 years).  Obviously, it doesn’t matter which city or country we live in.  Even though sacred geometry or Feng Shui can help us find better dwelling places.

à Create a holy temple – Our body is the dwelling place for our eternal spirit.  Once we are born here on earth, we are to live a pure and God-centered life.  Those who believe in Jesus want to follow his example of sacrifice and service to others.

à Create a healthy body – It is our responsibility to keep our bodies healthy and strong.  Current research shows that we are not completely dependent on our ancestral heritage regarding our genes.  We can even influence our DNA by changing our thinking about health and evolve our brains.

à Create a healthy environment – Feng Shui is a Chinese system of divination to determine where to live, how to arrange furniture in the home and how to avoid disharmony in everyday life.   In the Western world we use divination to locate water wells, use kinesiology to detect imbalance in the body through muscle testing or a pendulum to get answers from the deeper psyche of man.  One we learn more about the invisible spiritual world we can take advantage of the fact that everything is made of energy which is measurable even though we cannot see it.

“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.”
~ 1 JOHN 3:9

Why are sanctified people blessed?

In the Sermon on the Mount we find Jesus’ moral teachings, the Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes.  

à Study the scriptures – Reverend Sun Myung Moon encouraged us to read the scriptures every day.  He himself held Hoon Dook Hae everyday, even studying his own sermons.  When he was younger he studied the bible to the point where it was worn and the pages were falling out.  The word of God is our spiritual food.

à Free from sin – Sin means separation from God.  Through the Fall of Man we lost our relationship with God.  All throughout history God has been working to reconnect man to Him.  The various religions were the vehicle to teach men about God and eternal life.


"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh."
~ Genesis 2:24

à Marriage as a sacrament – Marriage is the union of one man and one woman.  It is God’s purpose for us to create a harmonious family and through this experience joy and peace.  It is in the family where we experience the basic relationships and learn to love, accept and appreciate each other.  It is the most secure place to safeguard education, prosperity and wealth for all involved.

We all have to make choices in our lives every day.  We can live our lives by default and just ‘go with the flow’ or experience a sanctified life.  Sanctification means to be intensely focused on God’s point of view.  Isn’t it time that we include it into our lives?  

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23

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