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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Sunnyburn Farm
The other day we passed the Sunnyburn Farm on Sunnyburn Road here in Lancaster County.

"I Got Saved!"

Message summary: The most blessed expression of a new identity is the joyful declaration, "I Got Saved!"

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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

Identity theftIdentity theft is a concern that many have. In the headlines today a  man was arrested for embezzlement and possession of fraudulent credit cards, as well as possessing a number of items used to manufacture fraudulent credit cards assembled in his hotel room. On the same page I read that an arrest took place when two thieves spent more than $18,000 at their local Walmart and Winn Dixie stores on credit cards opened under another person's name.

Proverbs 22:1The Bible says "A good name is more desirable than great riches" (Proverbs 22:1). A good name cannot be purchased for a price. You make a good name for yourself by the choices you've made and attitudes you've demonstrated over the years. Many make a bad name for themselves by making wrong choices and bad attitudes. Have you ever read a criminal report about someone trying to steal the personal identity of a thief or murderer? The person's identity worth stealing is one who has a reputable name.

There are many who do not have a good name. They have destroyed their name and reputation over many years with poor choices that such as bad credit, careless management of finances, no savings, not paying their bills and so forth. They're looking for a quick fix like paying an attorney to get them our from under their bills and a new start. I'm pretty sure the attorney makes sure he gets his cash up front!

Years ago I received an offer that caught my attention. It stated that for the introductory price of only $19.95 I could have a brand new identity. The deal promised that the "best thing about having a new you is that you have PERFECT credit, you can take a vacation on your newly found credit and never worry about the bills if you don’t want to". I wonder if they extended credit so buyers could put the $19.95 introductory price on that same credit card? I would guess that enough suckers couldn’t resist the offer making this innovative thief a small fortune.

There are many who earnestly seek a new identity. It may be in regard to not only their financial affairs but their facial features, body size, age marks, a seedy past, or whatever else troubles them and doesn’t go away on its own. The products that "promise" results for a new you line store shelves, fill the air waves and cram my junk email folder.

2 Corinthians 5:17Scripture promises a genuine offer of a new identity that’s been proven valid for over 2,000 years. Millions can testify to the integrity of this promise: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Bible commentator Glen Spencer describes the Christian as a new creation, ”a creation of God’s redemptive work. He is a new creature with a new Director, a new Determination, a new Demeanor, new Delights, new Desires, and a new Destiny. If our life is not different since we professed Christ as our Savior—we need to examine our life in light of God’s Word.”

In another text Paul uses a wonderful phrase to describe this change. After listing a group of sins that will prohibit entrance into the Kingdom of God he writes, “Such were some of you". He then describes the transformative change, “but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God".

When we genuinely commit our life to Christ we become a new creation and receive a new identity. The first daily Scripture text is one of the first verses that I ever memorized after accepting Christ in 1971. The change in my life was both immediate and progressive. But God's not finished with me yet, There's still some of the "old man" that needs worked on!

Men and women from “every nation, tribe, people and language” have accepted this new identity and many are doing so every day. The promise is freely available to each of you reading this. Have you accepted Christ’s offer? It is the real deal and the only one that has immediate, lasting, and best of all eternal value! The most blessed expression of a new identity is the joyful declaration, "I Got Saved!"

I've received nothing but goodness
I've tested and tasted Your grace
I was so lost, 'Til I fell at the cross
And got saved, Oh, I got saved!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, there is no sin too great that Your mercy is not greater. We were born with a sin problem, but You provided the solution for our sin sick souls through the wondrous sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We can never be good enough, rich enough, famous enough – nothing we offer is enough. Anything we have to give is sin-based because of our human condition and all that Christ offers is sin-less because He is the Lamb without blemish. Only Jesus, the sinless Lamb of God, is enough to pay for our sins. His payment made in full makes us a new creation, taking away our old attitudes and behaviors born of this world and replacing them with the new attitudes and behaviors born of the Spirit. Thank You for the living water that quenches our eternal thirst through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

I Got Saved, Selah
"I Got Saved"  Video  Selah

"Saved"  Video  Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

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