Today is a brand new day, dear saint, as the psalmist wrote:
“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV).
Determine right now that you will fill this day with joy and rejoicing. Do not rejoice in light of your circumstances, but rejoice in the Lord. As you know by now, the Apostle Paul wrote, while he was in prison:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, Rejoice!” Philippians 4:6 NKJV.
If the Lord is your only focus, then you can rejoice even in the most adverse circumstances, just as the Apostle Paul did, even when he was living in prison.
Today you are also a new creation, even though you may have been saved for many years. Yes, your inner man is made new every day. All of your past faults and failings, even up until yesterday, have passed away. All things have become new for you today. The Apostle Paul put it this way, when he wrote:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV.
Now that you know who you are in Christ, then you should also know that you have been washed whiter than snow with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and you stand before Him justified – just as if you have never sinned. This is why we must be always quick to confess any sin, the very moment we are aware that we have transgressed against the Lord. The Lord eagerly waits for us to confess our sins, so that He might forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The Apostle John expresed this when he wrote:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NKJV.
By being quick to always confess our sins, we keep ourselves spotless, pure, and glistening white in His sight. Isn’t that how you want to always appear before Him? You can! Isn’t that wonderful to know?
Now, not only are we washed from all sin, and stand justified in His sight, we are also sanctified. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11 NKJV (see also verses 9-10).
According to this verse, at one time you were a sinner, who practiced various sins, but that has all changed. The moment you were saved, you were washed from all sin, you were sanctified, and you were justified. That is how God sees you before Him right now. That is what the Holy Spirit did for you, when He placed you in Christ!
As you know, the word “sanctified” means that you have been set apart and made holy. When you were saved, you were set apart from the world and made holy in God’s sight. This is why He calls you a saint. The word “saint” means “holy one.” All of God’s children are holy in His sight, because they are in Christ.
Now you can understand why the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth with these words:
“To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of the Lord Jesus our Lord, both theirs and ours.” 1 Corinthians 1:2 NKJV.
Notice that Paul was not only referring those believers who lived in Corinth, but to all those other believers “who in every place call on the name of the Lord Jesus.” That includes every believer.
Since God has made us holy in Christ, now we must keep ourselves holy in everything we say and do, as the Apostle Peter wrote:
“But as He who called you is holy, be also holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.'” 1 Peter 1:15 NKJV.
Yes, God is holy, and He wants us to be just like Him. Can you see how affectionately He looks upon you as His child? He loves you and cares for you so much. He sees you as His holy child, and He is delighted to see you make the effort to live a holy life before Him.
Since the Holy Spirit has set you apart from the world, He does not want you to be conformed to this world, but keep yourself separate from the world. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My son’s and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.’ ” 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 NKJV.
Now that God has made us holy, as His precious sons and daughters, He wants us to perfect His holiness in our lives, by cleansing ourselves from anything that would defile us, both in our flesh and in our spirit. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:
“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV.
When we fear God, then we will always seek to please Him. As a saint, your pleasure should be to always give your heavenly Father pleasure, by doing only those things that are pleasing in His sight.
You are holy, dear saint!
This is day thirty-one of a 31 day series on The Life Of A Saint. It is my hope that this series has been a great blessing to your heart and that you can now see a clear image of what the life of a saint looks like.
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from the New King James Version, published by Thomas Nelson, Inc, copyright 1982]