TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
YOUR FAITH NEEDS A CHECKUP
2nd June 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE: 2 Corinthians 13:5(MSG)
Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. I hope the test won’t show that we have failed.
From our text yesterday, we saw the example of the church at Colosse that Paul testified of, whose lives produced fruits of the gospel from the day they heard it(Colossians 1:6) and how important it is to bear fruits.
Because while it is good that you have a witness in your spirit that you are saved(Romans 8:16),no one can see your conviction.
There’s another level. In 2 Peter 1, Peter teaches that as a believer, you need to see for yourself that your salvation is not mere words by giving due diligence to making your calling and election sure(2 Peter 1:10).
The word “election” in that scripture, speaks of the fact that you’ve been called out. Actually, the Greek term for church, for the body of Christ is ecclesia and it means the called out ones. This means that you’ve been called out of darkness into His marvellous light(1 Peter 2:9).
So scripture is emphatic that you have to make that calling sure. The faith you profess to have should be authentic.
The only reason why people have been in the gospel and don’t produce fruits is because they are not giving diligence to making their calling and election sure.
So you are to work out your salvation with fear and trembling(Philippians 2:12).
The reason why that instruction is given is because there are some people who come to church who think they are saved and are not saved. In other words, you can’t bear fruits or work out anything if you are not saved. It’s possible to be in the assembly of saved people, like the songs, connect with the sermons and even the way of life but not be saved because what guarantees salvation has not yet been experienced.
It’s like enrolling in a school, partaking in all the assignments and classes and academic activities but when it’s time to graduate, you find out that your name was not in any records. Even though everyone knew you, both teachers and students. That’s a fearful thing.
To show you how important this is, Paul affirms what Peter taught in 2 Corinthians 12:5 when he asks us to examine ourselves to see if our faith is genuine.
So friends, it’s important that this thing we call salvation, this thing we call faith is actually a genuine one.
And that’s my charge for you today.
Test yourslves, undergo regular checkups to make sure you are solid in the faith.
Will I commit to test the genuineness of my faith?
-I believe that only the gospel saves and changes the nature of man powerfully.
-Because I have believed in the gospel, it bears fruit in my life. I am yielded to producing evidence that is reflective of my new nature in Christ.
-My conviction in the gospel is not mere talk or activity. I have a guarantee that I am saved by placing faith in Jesus.
-I have been called out of darkness into the marvellous light of Jesus.
-I am diligent in making my calling and election sure.
-Daily, consistently, I conduct regular checkups to test the genuineness of my faith.
-My life is a testimony of the fruits of the gospel.
HEARING BY THE WORD
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