Saints, God’s definition: we who have received grace, the position to encourage obedience to the faith, and to make disciples for Jesus everywhere, you who are called by Jesus and invited to belong to Him. This includes YOU and all God’s beloved ones, who are called to be saints and asked to live a consecrated life. As a result you will receive grace, spiritual blessing, and peace from Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is a high calling from our Heavenly Father and Jesus our Lord and Savior. But do we follow this mandate in our everyday lives? Have you received grace, spiritual blessings and peace from God? Do you encourage others to walk in faith, much less come to Jesus? Would they want to become a disciple when they look at your life?
First, let me say, do not allow Satan to whisper doubt in your ear about your salvation. When you ask Jesus for forgiveness for your sins, accept Him as Lord and Savior and mean it, Jesus pulls you into His arms and makes you one of his beloved…done deal. You are now an enemy of Satan and his fallen angels. This makes you a target. They will do anything they can to make you believe you are unworthy. They will use condemnation, guilt, remorse, or anything else they can come up with to cause you to waver. You have power over them, simply command them to leave in Jesus’s name. You may have to do this many times, they are tenacious and don’t give up. They want to make you ineffective in your walk as a believer. If they can get you to believe their lies, you won’t have influence on those around you and you will not encourage others to come to Jesus. In addition, your impact as a saint will be greatly diminished.
Now that we have that settled and you step forward in faith, live your life for Jesus, dedicate it to Him. He died in your place, when you ask Him into your life, you now die to self. You belong to Him. He bought you back from Satan with the price of His life and blood. It may sound easy to live for our Lord, but it is difficult to do. We live in a sinful world. The distractions, enticements, and temptations are overwhelming. But we can overcome them with the help of our Lord. If we fall, when we repeat, Jesus will restore us to the right path.
Next, live your faith. Limit your words to show others your beliefs. Though Jesus did speak to the people, they watched what he did. Words are empty without action. Jesus loved the people. He encouraged and helped them, and healed their illness and disease. What you do counts.
Brothers and sisters, we are adopted into God’s family and are saints of the Most High God, the Great I Am. Jesus is our Lord and Savior and this gives us power and authority in this world. We can live righteous and holy lives through Jesus our Lord. We must do our part and live a life of love and light for the entire world to see. Then others will see the difference and want the grace, spiritual blessings, and peace they do not have in the world.
Romans 1:5-7 (AMP)
5 It is through Him that we have received grace (God’s unmerited favor) and [our] apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations,
6 And this includes you, called of Jesus Christ and invited [as you are] to belong to Him.
7 To [you then] all God’s beloved ones in Rome, called to be saints and designated for a consecrated life: Grace and spiritual blessing and peace be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.