And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14, ESV)

But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. (John 17:13-19, ESV)

God has called us to experience fullness of joy. And we can only attain this joy from knowing Jesus and being in His presence. Some might feel that spending time in deep meditation, on the truth of God’s word is too difficult, and it does take a certain amount of discipline. To be honest we have to war against the distractions of the information age we live in. But the reward of meditation is the contemplation of God himself. Once we’ve experienced God’s presence in this way we will become hungry for more.

Truth has a sanctifying effect on our souls. We are transformed by it. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, so thinking deeply on truth connects us to the truth himself, Jesus. Jesus is the word made into human flesh and  we connect with the Father through him. As we take in the living powerful words of the Bible, we experience being set apart for God’s purposes and begin to see life from God’s perspective. This process of change is a life long endeavor.

Our goal is to experience spiritual transformation and have fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Joy is found as you enter into their world. And we have access to the life of God only through Jesus. We must submit to his absolute Lordship, and simply follow him. Salvation happens the moment we believe and trust, that Jesus is God’s son who came to take our sins and give us new life and the power to turn from sin. While salvation happens instantly, sanctification is a life long process.

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