2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.
One is the biggest differentials between the game of a good amateur and a Tour professional is the ability to read a putting surface. If you watch a golfer on Tour closely, he or she looks at the blades of grass, the shading of the areas of grass, as well as the differing contours at every angle. Most amateurs will only get behind the ball before putting and assume this view point is sufficient. After they miss and walk passed the hole, it is then they notice a ridge and exclaim, “oh, I didn’t see that.”
A spiritual certainty is reflected by how the believer sees and approaches life. Just like a putt, there are many “lines” and “speeds” with which we navigate on a daily basis. We often question ourselves just as we regularly do when deciding on the proper line of a putt whether we admit it or not. The Spirit gives the believer this certainty of His presence. The lost do not have the ability to see normal hazards and travails in normal living. This certainty and sureness is through our sanctification by the Spirit.
As we grow more and more spiritually mature, so does our degree of the certainty of our sanctification. The Spirit has been present since we accepted and placed our faith in Christ. However, our realization of the power of the Spirit becomes more and more realized as we study the Word, engage in regular prayer and frequently worship His goodness.
Many of us probably considered ourselves more liberal in our spiritual thinking during our early Christian lives. We did things and had opinions of some actions which we have later realized are not good for our spiritual growth. When we look back, we can see this great growth in sanctification. The world and its allowances do not permit this point of view. As we mature, we are able to see all the contours, shaded areas and paths leading to a faster demise.
Let us be forever thankful for this separation given by the Spirit and be fervent in prayer for those who only have that one viewpoint from behind the ball. That one perspective is from the world which shields the lost from the speed and contours leading to “three putts.”