The Apostle Paul had a mindset that Christians are wise to emulate (1 Corinthians 11:1). It included: Humility. Pride can’t exist in the heart of a believer who truly grasps God’s mercy. A sense of obligation. Paul understood how far God’s grace had brought him. Likewise, each one of us have been forgiven much. An awareness of dependence. Paul desired more of Jesus and none of himself (Philippians 3:4-8). A spirit of absolute confidence. Even at the end of Paul’s life, he remained confident in the Lord and looked forward to his eternal reward (2 Timothy 4:6-8). Praise the Lord for all He has done, and let it motivate you to work for His kingdom. May the grace He showers on you never be in vain (1 Corinthians 15:10).
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 26, 2022.
For those willing to hear, God’s “voice” can be discerned through a variety of sources. The most obvious is the Bible, but He can also call to us through the spoken or written words of other Christians. And at times He speaks through circumstances and the wonders of creation (Romans 1:20). We would be amazed if we knew all the ways our loving Father tries to get our attention.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 3, 2020.
Hold fast: holding on, or the perseverance of the saints, is the human side of eternal security. It is not something done to maintain salvation, but is rather an evidence of salvation.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 10:23.
If you’ve never listened to the song, When the Saints, by Sara Groves, here is a link to listen/watch:
When the Saints by Sara Groves (persecuted church)
It’s been out several years, and I’ve listened so many times…..it still moves me.
That leads to the reason for this post, which is this,
Please know, there will be a day when Christ’s Saints go marching in, with Him. I hope to see you there, that day.
Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse! Its rider is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a fiery flame, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knows except Himself. He wore a robe stained with blood, and His name is called the Word of God. The armies that were in heaven followed Him on white horses, wearing pure white linen. From His mouth came a sharp sword, so that with it He might strike the nations. He will shepherd them with an iron scepter. He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written:
KING OF KINGS
AND LORD OF LORDS
I thought I would share some related information while I’m at it.
If you’re interested, there is also a Christian non-profit organization called When the Saints. What are they about? Below is information copied from their website, found on their ‘About’ tab:
The Vision: We envision a Malawi that is free from sexual exploitation and ruled by the transforming love of Jesus. Through discipleship and encounters with truth, men are set free from the shame of oppression and empowered with healing and purity. Through discipleship, counseling, and career training, women are set free to heal and provide for themselves with dignity. We support Malawians to build a culture and economy that is fueled by freedom and truth.
We hope to unite the church behind this vision. Showing the love of Jesus is ultimately our fuel.
When the Saints dream is to see Africans minister to Africans and to utilize resources from within the country as much as possible. We do not wish to promote dependency as a result of a hand out, but rather seek to empower through sustainability.
We actively seek to partner with foreign and local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) as well as churches of any denomination to oversee on the ground services and operations, which fall within the mission of “When the Saints”.
- There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today and it is said that 70-80% are sex slaves –Exodus Cry
- Every 2 minutes a girl is trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Her average age is 13 –Unicef
- Currently 1% of all trafficking victims are rescued. –UN
Here is their website link:When the Saints.
Also, their Facebook page: When the Saints fb
They have built their own center in Malawi, and I noticed they don’t have a large following yet on Facebook, so I would like to try to get the word out as much as possible. I plan to fund raise for them with my photos very soon.
Have a great day today 🙂