Daily Devotional – 6/26/14 “Saint!”

Yea, you’ve probably being saved ever since you sat on the mourners’ bench at revival when you were 12 yet you haven’t always acted like it. Yea, you probably keep your bible in the car but when you do take it in the house to share the word with your family? You can probably even recite scriptures from memory but are you living by them? Stop acting like you got a Holier than thou card in your wallet because we are all just saved sinners called saints. (Saint = Sinner abiding in new territory) Chile, stop acting like your salvation is greater or better than mine. Don’t you know we are all sinners who have been saved by the same blood? Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” So cut out the act like you don’t sin every now and then because even the bible says in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Let me tell you this, God doesn’t keep track of the numbers of years you’ve been saved but He’ll ask how many souls you’ve saved since then. God isn’t concerned with that fancy bible you got in that nice looking bible bag but He’ll ask how many times you’ve opened it to share His word with someone else. God isn’t concerned with the make and model of your car but He’ll want to know how many times you’ve given a ride to those in need. He won’t even ask you to recite a scripture from memory but He’ll want to know how many did you share with non-believers. Baby, God doesn’t care about the number of followers on Twitter, the friend count on Facebook or the likes on Instagram but He’ll want to know how many people you invited to church or shared the message with. It isn’t about the brand of phone you have but it is about the number of times you’ve answered it to pray for someone. Does God want us to be perfect? Yes, because the bible says in Matthew 5:48, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” but this doesn’t mean we are punished when we make mistakes because if this was the case He wouldn’t have given us repentance.

We are all sinners striving to be better which is why I said we are saints – sinners abiding in new territory. So again, quit acting like the baptism water gave you a higher calling than anyone else because we all have the same road to travel to get to God. Yea, our paths go in different directions but in the end we all have to take the same route, death. We need to get back to saving souls because we are losing too many of them and God isn’t pleased. We need to take the world out of church and take the church into the world. It’s time out for playing fleshly games and get back to kingdom business. We are all saved sinners who should practice what is said in 1 Corinthians 9:22-23, “When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.” It is our responsibility to help one another through the sharing and teaching of God’s word instead of trying to beat the hell out of one another with harsh criticism and hate. We are all sinners, oh but (don’t you love but) Romans 3:24 says, “Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” So, please know, I am no better than you and you are no better than me for we are all saints, “Sinners Abiding In New Territory!”

Daily Devotional – 6/26/12 “You’re just a saved sinner!”

So stop acting like your salvation is greater or better than mine because Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” I know, I know; you’ve been saved since you sat on the mourners’ bench at revival when you were 12, you always got your bible in the car or you can recite some scriptures but that doesn’t make you a better Christian than the next person, it means that you’re just a saved sinner! Yea, I called you a saved sinner instead of a Christian because everybody sins and if you say you don’t you’re lying. See, the only difference between you and the sinner in the world is that you repent, sometimes. God isn’t concerned so much with the date you allowed him to come in but he’ll ask how many others you brought to Him afterwards. He won’t be concerned with that dusty bible you got in the back window of your car but he’ll ask how many times you opened it for those who were lost. And God won’t ask you to recite a scripture when you’re standing before him at judgment but he’ll want to know how many you shared with the non-believers. As Christians, we get so caught up in trying to outdo the next person with the biggest hat, the loudest amen or the longest shout that we forget about the real reason for our praise. Baby, God isn’t concerned with all the material mess you’ve stored up here because He looks at your heart, soul and the work that you’ve done to get to Heaven. I told you on yesterday that you need to read the agreement you agreed to when you became saved because most of us aren’t doing hardly any of the things we should be. Don’t get me wrong, I am just as guilty, which is why I can testify on it. Do I always say the right thing, do the right thing, go to the right places and act like a Christian 100% of the time, no! However, I work daily to change that. Does God want us to be perfect? Yes, because the bible says in Matthew 5:48, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” but this doesn’t mean we are punished when we make mistakes. Don’t you think God knew we would make some mistakes? Of course He did, this is why he sent his only Son to Earth in a fleshly body for John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Now, you may want to read that again because it says, for God so loved the world. See, God’s purpose for sending Jesus was to save us for in John 6:38, Jesus says, “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” If God wouldn’t have sent Him, most of us wouldn’t be here now because we’d be too comfortable in our sin instead of fearing God. We’d be ok with cheating, stealing, killing, backbiting, lying and gossiping instead of keeping his commandments and we’d be fine with being drunks, drug abusers and whoremongers instead of abiding by what we agree to when we accept God. I shared this yesterday but it fits here because the covenant says in the 3rd paragraph, “We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use on intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.”

Which simply means, “We also promise to worship as a family as well as in secret prayer in order to educate our children on doing the work of our Father; to seek the salvation of those who are like me, on this Christian journey so that I maybe watchful of things happening in the world; to be fair in the things I do; keep the promises I make and be a role model by carrying myself right; to avoid gossiping, backbiting and being angry all the time; to refrain from being a drunk so that I am passionate in my work to advance my Father’s Kingdom.”

Yes, God knows your heart which may just be a bad thing especially if you are always angry or bitter over mess. Stop treating folks like your path to Heaven is easy because we are all striving to get there with Hell on our backs. Stop trying to push me out the way so that you can get ahead because you might just run into the storm that was meant for me and you can’t handle what I can. Stop wishing for the blessings that you see me with because although you see the glory, you surely don’t know the story of how I got them. We are all saved sinners trying to be better Christians, so don’t think you are paying more than I am. We must abide by God’s word to love one another, to pray for one another even in our sickness, to lift one another up when we fall and to be a guide to those who are lost. We should all practice what is said in 1 Corinthians 9:22-23, “When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.” It is our responsibility to help one another through the sharing and teaching of God’s word instead of trying to beat the hell out of one another with harsh criticism and hate. We are all sinners, well this is what the bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Oh, BUT (don’t you love but) Romans 3:24 says, “Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” So, please know, I am no better than you and you are no better than me. Yea, you may be in your blessing season now but don’t count me out because I’m in my stormy season, yours will be around soon!