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Devotional - week of October 14, 2007


SAINTS UNDER GRACE

 

Greet every saint in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:21

 

 

All of the believers in the church at Philippi were saints. Every person who has been born again is a saint. A saint is a person God has set apart unto Himself.

 

When God saved us, He justified us. He declared us to be righteous. He knew, though, that we had additional things to do in order for us to be the righteous ones that He declared us to be.

 

When God set us apart unto Himself at the time He saved us, He knew that additional things had to be done in order for us to be the set-apart ones that He had saved us to be.

 

Our responsibility in living the set-apart life is to stop living out our own thoughts and plans for our lives and to make ourselves available to God for Him to live through us with His thoughts and plans for our lives.

 

When we, through faith and choice, live out the five commands of Romans 6:11-13, we are living as the saints God declared us to be. We are free from living out of our point of view and we are available to God for Him to live His point of view through us.

 

Because of our faith that we are dead to sin and our choice to refuse to permit our sin nature to control our bodies, we are free from living out our own point of view.

 

Because of our faith that we are alive to God as those who are crucified, buried and resurrected and our choice to make our lives, including our bodies, available to God, He is free to express Himself through us.

 

Every moment we successfully live out the directions of the five commands of Romans 6:11-13, we are living as the saints God declared us to be.

 

According to Romans 6:14, when we are living as the saints God declared us to be, we are not living under law but under grace. We are living out of the resources of God—and not our own.

 

The life Paul calls grace in Romans chapters five and six, he calls walking in the Spirit in Romans chapter eight. When we are under grace, we are filled with God’s Spirit.