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Are You a Saint or Sinner?
Philippians 1:1 to 2–part 2
1:1b, “to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi”
Grandmother and granddaughter, a very precocious ten-year-old, were spending the evening together when the little girl suddenly looked up and asked, “How old are you, Grandma?” The woman was a bit startled at the question, but knowing her granddaughter’s quick little mind, she wasn’t completely shocked. “Well, honey, when you’re my age you don’t share your age with anybody.”
“Aw go ahead, Grandma–you can trust me.”
“No dear, I never tell anyone my age.” Grandmother got busy fixing supper, then she suddenly realized the little darling had been absent for about twenty minutes–much too long! She checked around upstairs in her bedroom and found her granddaughter had dumped the contents of her grandmother’s purse on top of her bed, and was sitting in the midst of the mess holding her grandmother’s driver’s license. When their eyes met, the child announced, “Grandma, you’re seventy-six.”
“Why yes, I am. How did you know that?”
“I found the date of your birthday here on your driver’s license, and subtracted that year from this year . . . so you’re seventy-six.”
“That’s right, sweetheart–your grandmother is seventy-six.”
The little girl continued staring at the driver’s license and added, “You also got an ‘F’ in sex, Grandma.”
We don’t always like it when people discover the truth about us. What is disturbing is, we don’t always understand the truth about ourselves. Just like we often think incorrectly about God, Christians often think incorrectly about ourselves. Usually a year doesn’t go by, and I am once again reading another book about Calvin, Luther or Zwingli, whose writings still inspire. But as I hear these men describe themselves, they confuse me. On the one hand, there is this incredible strength, confidence and security they have in Christ. On the other hand, as they evaluate themselves, I hear them grieve over their sins, bents and weaknesses. At times they sound like true saints, and at other times they sound like sinners.
In my own life, there’re times I’m strong in grace, convinced I’m walking with Christ, ready for Heaven and pleasing Him, no matter what I am doing. But there are other times when I am grieving over a sharp word, impatient attitude, wrong thought. Then I’m angry with “Chris the sinner.” So which one am I, and which one are you–saint or sinner?
Turn to the book of Philippians–for as Paul begins the letter in the very first verse, while he greets the believers in the first church ever founded in Europe, Paul calls these Christians by a unique title. Look at verses 1 and 2, “Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Are we saints or sinners—which are you?
Last week, as Paul and Timothy introduced themselves, they didn’t call themselves Christian celebrities, nor apostle, nor apostolic assistant, but DOULOI, slaves. At the outset of the letter, they modeled humility, which was the cure needed to root out complaining and disunity the Philippians were experiencing in their church. As Paul continues writing about life in Christ, he’ll tell us about the joy you can have no matter what you’re going through. Joy even being unjustly imprisoned in jail where Paul is.
Paul is serving Christ by establishing and strengthening churches. In the midst of his great labors for Christ, Paul is put in prison. Paul is waiting to meet with Caesar in prison in Rome, when he receives a visitor from Philippi named Epaphroditus. This servant leader came to Paul with news of the church, and some financial support for Paul from this poor Philippian church.
Epaphroditus almost died in the process of coming to Rome, but now as he has recovered, Paul sends him back with this letter we now call Philippians. In it, Paul expresses his great affection for this special church, and some needed encouragement to help with their unity and their contentment. They were not a perfect church–no church is. My seminary profs used to joke–the ministry is great except for the people. I even learned this poem:
To live above with saints we love, oh that will be glory
But to live below with saints we know, oh that is another story
Even with the greatest Christians in the world, like FBC, there can be challenges as we deal with each other. Disappointments, conflicts, struggles, things said and so on. It’s safe to say the members of the Philippian church were sinning. But as Paul addresses them in the second phrase of verse 1, he says, “to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi.” So what are they–saints or sinners? And what are we–saints or sinners?
I know you already believe every single word of the Scripture in the original text is inspired–every word is important. I have no intention of going too slow or too fast in our study, just to learn what God wants us to know word by word and phrase by phrase. Are you a saint or a sinner? You say, “Chris, why should I even care? Why is this question important?” I am so glad you asked, because the biblical answer to this question will help you to develop and maintain a correct self-concept.
If you find yourself continually beating yourself up over your sins, you probably view yourself as a sinner. If you find yourself continually ignoring your sin as if it didn’t matter, you probably view yourself as a saint. The biblical answer to the saint/sinner question will also cause you to think rightly about Christ and His salvation on your behalf.
Some Christians act as if Christ didn’t die for all their sins, nor provide them with complete forgiveness. Others act as if sin no longer matters in their life, and they can live any way they like since they’re under grace. But as we look at this second phrase in verse 1, let me ask you the million dollar question. Pick one option–are you a saint or sinner or some combo? At the end of the message today, I want you to either correct or reaffirm your view. It’s okay to get it wrong now, but it’s not okay to get it wrong in forty minutes.
Are you a saint or a sinner? Circle one answer. What do you think is the best possible answer to that question?
A – I’m a saint
B – I’m a sinner
C – I’m both a saint and a sinner
D – I’m a saint who sins
E – I’m a sinner trying to live saintly
Let’s find out if you are right by asking and answering some key questions.
#1 What does it mean when God calls His children SAINTS?
Paul writes to saints . . . “to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi.” Paul, do you mean those super Christians who’ve now died–those holier-than-thou folks we make statues of, stick little ones on our dashboard, put their pictures on necklaces and kiss for good luck before the big game or event? Those saints? The saints we canonize and elevate to near godhood, expecting them to invoke God’s favor on our behalf.
So the saints Paul writes to in Philippi were all Christophers, or Mother Teresa types who are all now dead? No, the saints Paul was writing to were not those kind of saints. The saints in Philippi were ordinary people. They were everyday folks like you and me. We seldom put common names in that light, but we could–and maybe we should. Saint Chris, Saint Rod, Saint Tracy, Saint LJ, Saint Rob, Saint Rupert, Saint YOU–that’s right, YOU! Today you should insist your spouse call you “saint”.
Every believer is a saint as a result of experiencing God’s gracious work of redemption–not as a result of some prior act of courage, sacrifice or theological brilliance. The word saint is used 66 times in the Bible, and is another name for those who’ve been born again. Look at 1 Corinthians 1:2, “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.”
By calling the Christians in the Corinthian church “saints”, Paul forever refutes the idea of saints being holier-than-thou religious wonders, because the Corinthians were messed up Christians. As God uses the term “saint” in His Word, it paints a wonderful picture. Listen to these verses that use the word saint. The saints are those . . .
Psalm 16:3–who are God’s delight
Daniel 7:18–who possess God’s kingdom forever
Romans 8:27–whom the Spirit intercedes for
1 Corinthians 6:2–who will judge the world
1 Corinthians 16:1–we take collections for
2 Corinthians 9:1 and 12–we minister to
Ephesians 1:15–we show love for
Ephesians 3:18–Paul said he was the least of
Ephesians 4:12–whom pastor-teachers equip
Ephesians 6:18–whom we pray for
Colossians 1:12–who receive an inheritance
1 Thessalonians 3:13–who return with the Lord Jesus
The saints are every true Christian in Philippi, and every true Christian here. And being a saint has to do with our position and practice in Christ. Look at it closely.
First Your holy POSITION in Christ
The Greek word translated saint is from a term that means, “set apart and consecrated for the purpose of God’s service.” When you’re born into God’s family by faith in Christ, you’re made a saint, in that you’re set apart for God’s special purpose. “Consecration” is the sense of being dedicated–devoted and set exclusively apart for Christ is at the core of the word saint. Not sinless, not a defiant sinner, but set apart to serve Christ.
The Greek word “saint” comes from the Greek word for holy–set apart like Israel was to be set apart from other nations. Set apart to proclaim His great excellencies, and set apart to enjoy great favor from the excellent One. Non-Christians used the word “saint” to describe certain buildings which were turned into temples–now setting them apart for religious services only and no longer secular purposes. These temples were now exclusively for their false gods alone.
That same meaning is applied to genuine Christians—you. You’re set apart from sin to holiness. Set apart from Satan to God, consecrated exclusively to Christ alone for His fellowship and for His service and for His blessing. You now belong exclusively to Christ–you are His. He purchased you at the highest possible price!
You’ve been set apart from the rest of mankind to serve God alone. Like the china which is used only for special guests. Like the baseball glove that’s broken in and fits only one hand. Like the exclusive chair meant only for Dad, or like the chocolates Mom has hidden away for her personal use–in a crisis. The Christian is set apart from everything and everyone, to serve Christ alone. That’s the purpose of a Christian being called a saint.
As a saint, even your problems take on a different focus. Now as a saint, you’re not to think about “all those trials weighing you down.” If you’re a saint, then your problems actually belong to God, because you belong to God. Your problems are actually God’s trials, sent by God in your life in order to make you into a godly man or woman. They’re purposely placed there by a loving God to make you like His Son, for your good and His glory.
All of you have helped bring in the groceries–you never quite know if the bag is going to be heavy or light. At times what’s on top looks light, but the bottom is filled with heavy cans. Other times the bag looks heavy, but it’s light. The point is, the weight you carry is random bag to bag. Like a box of chocolates–you never know what you’re gonna get.
Trials appear that way—random, some heavy some light. But when you’re a saint, when you belong to Christ–then whatever problems come your way, they are measured out exactly according to what you can handle and exactly what you need at that moment to make you grow more like Christ. Why? Because as a saint, you belong to Christ–you are His.
Therefore, don’t focus on your trials–live focused on what Jesus is doing in your life. Even if your trials never go away, you can still achieve your purpose, which is to live set apart for Christ–to live for Him in the midst of suffering, pain, hardship, even persecution. That’s what a saint does. Once you are truly saved, you’re made a saint–you are made holy like God is holy. You’re so much like God positionally, you can die today and immediately enter God’s presence in Heaven. You belong to Him now. But being a saint is more than a position.
Second Our holy lifestyle PRACTICE
In the New Testament, the word “saint” is also translated sanctified, referring to the process of becoming like Christ–your spiritual growth. Like Ephesians 5:3 to 5, “But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”
If you’re a saint, then your behavior, your practice, will be different. If you truly have an inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ, as a saint then you will live holy, unique, like Christ. As a saint, everything you do now is not for you, but for Christ. Second Corinthians 5:15, “He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”
Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.” You go to school for Christ, love your spouse for Christ, dad for Christ, mom for Christ, work for Christ, drive for Christ, minister for Christ, do homework for Christ, play linebacker for Christ, cheer for Christ, eat for Christ, vacuum for Christ, clean for Christ, share the Gospel for Christ, have friends for Christ, do everything for Christ. You’re set apart for Christ alone.
So being a saint means you have a holy position that works its way out into a holy practice. We’ve been set apart by Christ at salvation, and are being set apart now by the Holy Spirit in sanctification. As a saint, you are set apart and consecrated for the purpose of service to your Savior, who gave all to you. So . . .
#2 How can God call you a saint when you SIN?
Philippians 1:1b, “to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi.” How can God call us saints when we continue to sin? To answer that question, I have to ask another fundamental question: What am I once I am saved? Are we as Christians the same people we were as non-Christians, or are we made new? If we are made new, how new? And what’s left of the old? (Let’s get theological!)
The Bible answers that question directly in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” The Bible declares every true Christian is a new creature by nature–one new creation, with one nature, a new one. Some have wrongly thought we are made up of an old nature and a new nature, or an old man and a new man. The Bible says, “No!”
Romans 6:6 to 7 dogmatically says, “Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin.” As a genuine Christian, the old you, the old self, your old nature is dead, gone, finished! Sin no longer controls you as a master.
But you might ask, “Chris, why do two passages say for us to put off the old and put on the new–Ephesians 4 and Colossians 3? The latter in verses 9 and 10 is the clearer of the two. “Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the one who created him.” Paul is not saying every Colossian Christian was fully mature and had gained mastery over the old self, but every believer at any level of maturity can claim that their old self has already been (past tense) laid aside. And their new self, their new nature in Christ, is already being renewed into the image of Christ.
And notice, as Paul uses the terms “lay aside” and “put on”, he’s using an analogy of clothing, that which is worn on the outside. To lay aside and put on is not talking about your internal nature, but your external behavior. In other words, start acting on the outside consistent with the way you’re already made on the inside. God says to you saint, “Live externally the way you are remade internally.”
The only way you can live like a new creation is to be a new creation. The only way you could ever put off the old and put on the new is to have been made new internally. If you were both old man and new man, you couldn’t put on the new. You can’t put on the new man on the outside unless you have already been made new on the inside, right?
Plus, if you were both old and new natured, with two competing natures inside of you, you’d need a third nature to decide which nature you were going to obey. The third one would be necessary in order to choose either the old or the new. (I’m gonna listen to my old man and be bad.) If you were truly old and new you’d be completely schizophrenic and paralyzed, never able to live for Christ. The real you, the saint, the new creature is the only one who can put on new and put off old.
It’s like this–you were a slave working in Satan’s fields and doing everything your master wanted of you out of fear. When Christ bought you, you crossed the road over to His fields and do everything He requires out of a new heart of love. But you can still hear your old master across the road. It is foolish to do what he says, but sometimes we do, but not because we are like him anymore, and never because we belong to him anymore. The Bible says you are one person, a new creation—and the old you, the old man, the old nature is dead. Then why do we saints still sin?
Romans 7 gives us a clear picture. One chapter after telling us our old nature is dead, Paul says in verses 21 to 23, “I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wishes to do good. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I [Paul’s use of the pronoun ‘I’ proves we are one nature, one man, not two natures battling it out] see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.”
As long as we live in these bodies that were born in sin, exposed to sin, and participated in sin, we will still have the memory and inclination for sin. Not a nature that demands we sin or forces us to sin, but the memory of and inclination for sin. Sin is present in the Christian, but not in control of the Christian. As long as I’m still human, still in this flesh, I’ll still have crevices where sin can find a home. Until our resurrection, this current body is like an old empty whiskey bottle, totally changed on the inside, but still stinks of what used to be inside.
True Christians are new creatures, saints, and totally made new. Not new and old, but all new, set apart for Christ, yet with the memory of sin, causing sin to find a home in us from time to time. So what does Paul say? Romans 7:24 and 25, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.”
Never forget, even with the conflict with sin, we must never forget the very next verse, Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” If you’re in Christ, you are totally forgiven. And you were made a totally new creature, freed from the punishment and the power of sin to control you. But as long as you live in this body on this earth, you will still remember sin, be inclined to sin, and from time to time volitionally choose to sin.
God calls us saints, set apart for service to Christ. By nature we are new creatures, no longer slaves to sin, yet while in this body we still have crevices that attract sin, like knickknacks that attract dust. So now go back to Philippians 1:1b and ask . . .
#3 If you are a saint, then how are you to accurately VIEW yourself?
As a believer, when you look in the mirror spiritually, what are you supposed to see? How should you think of yourself and your brothers and sisters around you?
First As EQUALLY related to Christ—ALL
Verse 1b, “to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi.” Paul says, “all the saints”–all because not all the Philippians could contribute to his needs. Not all of them could give money. Paul says all because two women were causing division, and some were complaining against each other–so Paul reminds them all of them are saints, not just one group. All because Paul knew a few of them better than others, like Lydia, the jailer and their households.
So Paul addresses all of them because he desires to not create any more division than there already is. And by saying “all the saints,” he is reminding us we’re united with one another–not by our decision, but united by God who decided to choose us out of all who were headed to Hell. We’re now His treasured possession–His saints. In this letter, Paul prays for all (1:4), loves all (1:7), yearns for all (1:8), hopes to continue with them all (1:25), and greets all (4:21)–all who are saved are saints.
When you sit down at your meal today, look at the cup, glass, knife, fork, spoon and plate. Notice how different they are, yet they all belong to you, all exclusively for your use (they’re your saints). We are all different here, but we all belong to Christ and are exclusively for His use–you are all saints. What else should you see in the mirror? View yourself . . .
Second As ONE body in Christ—SAINTS
“ . . . to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi.” Paul says, “to all the saints,” plural. There is only one place in the Bible where the Greek word “saint” is used in the singular, and it’s in Philippians 4:21, where Paul says, “Greet every saint in Christ Jesus.” Even in its only singular use in the New Testament, saint refers to Christians in the plural. Saints is always used collectively. God never looks at us exclusively as individuals.
Oh yes, He cares for you specifically, and knows the number of hairs on your head, and His thoughts toward you are more than the sand on the seashore. But our Father also looks at us corporately as His Bride, His Body together. We together are “set apart” and consecrated for the purpose of God’s service—together.
We’re like a jigsaw puzzle–every piece is unique. Every piece has some protrusions or strengths, and some indentations or weaknesses, but put together, we can give the world a powerful picture of Christ. We are the saints, the Body of Christ. See yourself as part of a larger picture, FBC. How do we view ourselves–as saints or sinners? No, we view ourselves . . .
Third As one IMMERSED in Christ–IN CHRIST
Paul greets the Philippian Christians, “to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi.” In Christ Jesus, and the similar expression, “in the Lord” are Paul’s favorite way of describing Christians. He uses these expressions well over 100 times in his letters. What does he mean by them? We understand “in Christ” when we recall Paul taught all those who are now in Christ were once “in Adam”.
The first man, Adam, was certainly a single individual–but he was also appointed by God as a representative for the entire human race. Whatever Adam did had repercussions for the rest of the race. What he did affected not only himself, but also all of us. When we’re physically born and now alive, we personally share in the consequences of being “in Adam”, dead in sin.
Now Jesus is the “second man” and the “last Adam”. He came to do all that Adam failed to do, and to undo all that Adam did through his fall into sin. In Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, Christ conquered the guilt and power of sin. When we come to trust in Christ, the New Testament actually calls this to believe “into Christ”, we begin to share in the blessing of all of who Christ is and all that Christ did for us.
So by Paul’s greeting, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, saints in Christ, means we were with Christ as He died for sin, rose with Christ from the dead–and now through the indwelling Holy Spirit, God in us, we are in Him, like we used to be in Adam. We receive all the blessings of Christ Himself. The word in is used with a locative of sphere, meaning we’re saints in the sphere of Christ. Get this, our sin kept us from Christ–but now we’re intimate with Christ, in Chris, and for Christ. The believer’s new existence is circumscribed by Christ.
Paul says it this way later. “For to me to live is Christ.” That is, the new life Paul and all that saints have, is Christ–which issues forth in a Christ-like life. Finally, how else do we see ourselves?
Fourth As one who is HOME yet who are in Philippi
“To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi.” You remember Philippi from last week–remember Acts 16:12, “and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia, a Roman colony; and we were staying in this city for some days.”
From one point of view there’s nothing unusual about Christians living in Philippi. But think about what’s implied–the Christian lives in two different realities at the same time. As Paul will later say in Philippians 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven not here on earth [in Philippi].” For the moment, we live in a sinful environment, in Philippi–maybe for you its Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar—or Hemet.
Jerry Brown doesn’t want anyone called an alien, but Christian, that is what you are. Here we’re called to live as alien residents. And as aliens, our speech should reflect our heavenly home–like someone with an accent, which points to the fact that Temecula is not their home. In my witnessing, I make a habit of asking people with accents, “Hey, I love your accent, where is that from?” As Christians, our speech, actions and attitudes should be so foreign, people would want to ask us, “Hey, where are you coming from? What makes you so delightfully different?” Giving us the opportunity to say, “Well, I live in Wildomar, but my home is in Heaven with Christ.”
Remember Christian, you have a home you have not been to yet, but it is where you truly, fully belong! So how do we view ourselves as Christians? As equally related to Christ? As one body in Christ? As one immersed in Christ? As one who is away from home? So are you ready to answer the key question correctly? Are you a saint or a sinner–what’s the best answer? How many say . . .
A – I’m a saint
B – I’m a sinner
C – I’m both a saint and a sinner
D – I’m a saint who sins
E – I’m a sinner trying to live saintly
The best answer is letter D — I’m a saint who sins
In conclusion, you say, “Okay Chris, the Bible teaches I am a saint who sins. I no longer have an old nature. I am no longer controlled by sin, but I still battle with sin. What am I supposed to do?”
1 Turn to CHRIST alone for salvation
One of the reasons some so-called Christians never overcome their sin is because they were never saved in the first place. If there is no fruit–if there is no evidence of Christ living in and through you, then repent today. Peter said in Acts 3:19, “Repent and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”
2 BELIEVE you are dead to sin
The first commandment in the book of Romans–the very first imperative is found in 6:11, “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” The Greek word for “consider” is an accounting term, meaning it’s in the bank–believe it. Listen, if you don’t believe Jesus has broken the power of sin in our lives, you can’t live victoriously–because in your inner most being, you don’t think it’s possible. If you don’t believe you have only one nature and the old corrupt one is dead–and if you don’t believe sin is no longer in control of your life, then you’ll never put sin to death in your life. God commands you to bank on the fact you are dead to sin.
3 Walk away from SIN and practice holiness
Paul also says in Romans 6:13, “And do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” This is so practical–if you are addicted to frappuccinos, don’t drive near Starbucks. If you’re looking at pornography, stop paying for the service and put on accountability filters. Then substitute that sinful pleasure with a pleasure, a service, an action only found in Christ and pursue it. Don’t be like the lady who was on a diet who prayed as she passed the donut shop, “Lord, if it’s okay for me to stop for a donut, there will be a parking space right in front of the store.” And sure enough, on her seventh trip around the block . . .
4 CONFESS your sin
First John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” To confess means agree with God you are responsible for your sin and He is not, nor are others. Don’t be like Adam and say, “The woman You gave me!” No, agree with God about what He says about your sin. Then by the power of the Spirit of God, memorize Scripture about your sin and ask God to help you moment by moment each day. Psalm 119:11, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.”
5 Get ACCOUNTABLE to a godly person
James 5:16, “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another.” Galatians 6:2, “Bear one another’s burdens.” Because we shouldn’t trust our own hearts, we hold each other accountable to deal with sin in order to gain some mastery over our sinful bents and see victory over those sins we have difficulty letting go of.
6 DEPEND on the Spirit and DESIRE godliness
Remember, you can’t live the Christian life. You live by faith, depending on God’s Spirit by His Word. But it is my prayer that each of you–junior higher, high schooler, young parent, empty nester and senior desire, pray for, and hope to become a David, a Hannah, a Daniel, a Mary. Are you praying God would make you into a godly man or into a godly woman, so that you might actually live like a saint? Let’s pray.