TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
SAVED TO BEAR FRUITS
4th June 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE: 2 Peter 1:10(AMP)
Therefore, believers, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you [be sure that your behavior reflects and confirms your relationship with God]; for by doing these things [actively developing these virtues], you will never stumble [in your spiritual growth and will live a life that leads others away from sin].
If you are honest with yourself, you know there have been times in your Christian walk when you struggled with the question- “Am I really saved?”
True or False?
While you are assertive of your salvation, that it is guaranteed, this is actually a common question believers struggle with.
On the one hand, it is okay to be emboldened by the genuineness of your faith because when we come to Jesus, we have the assurance of salvation(Romans 8:16). We are not in doubt ofthe fact that we are saved.
But on the other hand, there are some people however who are in-the-middle, so to speak. They like what we do but have not really received who we preach. And there are people who think they are in the faith but are not. So this conversation on testing your faith and bearing fruits of the gospel is all-inclusive.
However, the driving need for us to have these conversation is for believers to press deep into the gospel and bear fruits. And I say this because one can actually be genuinely saved but very fruitless in their walk.
So it cuts across those who are in the middle, those who think they are in the faith and those who are in the faith.
I really like the way the Message translation paints it in 2 Corinthians 13:5. It says to give yourselves regular checkups and if you fail the test, do something about it.
When you go to the hospital for a general checkup, to ascertain your wellbeing, you are required to take several tests. Now, if in the process of conducting those tests, an abnormality is found, you are immediately advised by medical practitioners on what to do about it so that the issue is treated or managed well.
So conduct regular checkups. In your heart.
And in your perspectives about the gospel’s approach to every area of life.
Friends, just as every tree bears fruit, a gospel seed ought to bear gospel fruit.
Let us commit to follow the counsel of Paul and Peter to make our calling and election sure.
Let’s not be people who are saved and fruitless because we have been saved to bear fruits.
Am I genuinely saved? Am I saved and fruitless?
-I believe that Jesus alone is the object of our salvation.
-I am committed to checking that I am solid in the faith, diligently making my calling and election sure.
-Daily, consistently, I conduct regular checkups to test the genuineness of my faith.
-My actions are a reflection of my belief in the gospel and my inclinations and desires are in line with the character of the gospel.
-I am saved and fruitful.
-My life is a testimony of one who bears fruits of the gospel.
HEARING BY THE WORD
Listen to Fruits of the Gospel 1 >> Dr. Phil by The StandPoint Church on #SoundCloud