Those of us who follow Christ Jesus have been set apart unto Him that He might be glorified. Being set apart is what is meant by the word “Sanctified” or “Sanctification”. At salvation we are sanctified; but throughout our lives, we are being sanctified unto Him, until we are finally, and completely sanctified eternally. Hear the words of Paul…
“Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: that no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us His Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (KJV)
The prophet Amos in chapter three of the prophet’s prophecy asked the question, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) Well, the answer to that is – “Not in peace and harmony.” We must always agree with God. When we are in disagreement with Him we are not with Him. Just ask the prophet, Jonah.
I heard someone say, fairly recently, “The Christians greatest battle is not with Satan, but with God.” That would be because we still battle those old temptations to rule our own lives. The continuing work of sanctification deals with this in our lives.
We must continually deal with sin and its ugly face. Sin separates us from God. Sin will lead us on a detour away from God. Walking with God means walking His path, His way. It means obedience to His word. It is hating sin, and loving the Lord, and they cannot dwell together.
Reading the passage of Scripture you will notice that last sentence, “He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us His Holy Spirit.” If you can turn away from that truth and say something so foolish as “I will live my life my way, and nobody can tell me how to live”, then, God has a word for you; “You fool”.
Cry out to God in repentance. Come to Him through Jesus Christ who died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and was raised from death and the grave.