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Saints and Sinners

October 7, 2018

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Saints and Sinners

Here we are — believing  that Jesus is the long-promised Savior — and yet,  feeling the weight  of our sinful natures.     It’s pretty obvious  we’re sinners.     Oh,  how we wish  we were saints.

But,  we are saints!     Yes,  we are sinners,  but God sees us  as saints — as His dear children,  traveling through this world  to our home  in heaven.

When Paul wrote  to the Corinthians,  he had to strongly admonish them  regarding a number  of their sins,  and yet,  Paul started his letter  in 1 Corinthians 1:2,  by saying,

… to the church of God  which is at Corinth,  to those who have been sanctified  in Christ Jesus,  saints by calling,  with all  who in every place  call upon the name  of our Lord Jesus Christ,  their Lord and ours…

These sinners  are also saints.     In the same way,  in John 15:3,  Jesus tells His disciples,

You are already clean  because of the word  which I have spoken to you.

Because believing  in the word of God  makes us clean,  we are called “children of light”.     We are  to no longer be stumbling around  in the darkness of sin,  but having Jesus  as our Light,  we see clearly  how we should live  for the sake  of His love  and sacrifice  for us.     So,  we take to heart  1 Thessalonians 5:4-5,

But you,  brethren,  are not in darkness,  that the day should overtake you  like a thief;  for you are all sons  of light  and sons  of day.     We are not  of night  nor of darkness.

We know  we are sinners — but God calls us  “clean”  and His “saints”  —  and we are commanded  to walk  in the  “light”  of our Lord.     That means  we are to live  according to the goodness  of our Savior,  trying to imitate His ways.     It can get rather hard at times  as we face  all sorts  of temptations.     And,  we can really get to wishing  it would be easier  to  “walk in the light”  as real  “saints”  should.

We have a promise  from God Almighty.     It is a promise  for our future.    Things will be different  when we walk close  to Jesus every day.     We have that promise  in Isaiah 60:19-20.     As we struggle now  to live in God’s light,  we will be ever so glad we did.

No more  will the sun  be your light by day    
or the moon shine  by night  to give you light,    
but the LORD  will be your everlasting Light;    
your God  will be your Glory.    
Your sun  will not go down    
or your moon disappear,    
for the LORD  will be your everlasting Light,    
and your mourning days  will be over.

When we make a habit  of turning  to the LORD  for directions  in living  to His glory,  He will be an everlasting Light  to us.     The LORD will never leave us,  and will show us  the awesomeness  of living  in His goodness.     We will be able  to see and understand  that His ways  are so much better  than anything  in this world.     In the light  of God’s word,  we will see the LORD  as He is  and love the wonder  of His holiness.     And,  best of all,  God’s glory for us  will be forever and ever.

This glory comes last — after our struggles here are over — but it is eternal.     As John Bunyan said,  “That which is last,  lasts for ever.”     There will be no more temptations  and trials.     Isaiah described it as “Your sun will not go down.”     We will at last be  with our LORD forever — forever free — forever  “saints”  in His  “light”.

Now we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for giving me Your light  with which to walk  through this dark world.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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