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Living For Jesus - Be The Saint He Made You (2 of 3)
Gerald D Branch
1 Corinthians 1:2-8
Keywords: calling; holy; sanctified
"To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are SACNCTIFIED in Christ Jesus, saints by calling..."
When Jesus Christ becomes our Savior and Lord, we have a brand new life calling... just as Paul points out here... our calling is now that of being a saint... set apart to Jesus Himself... set apart to live a HOLY life because He Himself is Holy.
So, since you and I really want to LIVE for Jesus this YEAR... at least I sure hope we all do.... Listen then to what the Word of God has to say about this.
Read 1 Peter 1:13-19
Set apart to be HOLY... I challenge you therefore today, to set your own mind on being HOLY for the Lord Jesus Christ, just as Christians all throughout America really need to be doing.
What does this mean?
Very simply, this means that you and I must constantly put to death sin in our own lives... not sin in other people's lives, but sin in our OWN lives... I guarantee you, it is a lot more comfortable to point a finger at someone else's sin, than it is to deal with our own sins.
Pastor John Flavel put it very well. Flavel was an English Non-Conformist preacher during the time of the severe religious persecutions in England in the early and mid 1600's, and he very accurately stated that, "It is easier to cry against one-thousand sins of others than to kill one of your own."
Wouldn't you agree also? I know I have to.
I guarantee, that for most of us, it is easier to condemn the 'abortionist'; It's easier to point a finger at the child-molester; Or point a condemning finger at the homosexual; Or point a finger at the person who uses the Lord's Name as the first part of his or her cuss vocabulary.
But, when we... when you and I, and every other born-again Believer living in America at such times as this, need to be demonstrating a life that is lived for Jesus Christ ...
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