Category: Christian Growth

What Happens When You Become A Christian?

What happens when you become a Christian? What happens at the moment of your salvation when you put your trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour?
The answer is – there are many things that happen from the day you become a Christian. Most of the things that happen are spiritual and therefore are not immediately evident to the physical senses. Therefore even if you don’t feel like a Christian when you accept Jesus Christ – it does not mean that you are not a Christian.
The life of a Christian is not lived according to emotion or feelings but the life of a Christian is lived by faith in God and in what He says in His word.
Hebrews 10:38 says “Now the just shall live by faith…” and Ephesians 2:8,9 says that our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Saviour is by grace through faith in Christ. It is not by feelings, emotions or any form of personal effort but through only faith or trust in Christ.

 

The following things happen when you become a Christian

1. You Are A Child of God
When you become a Christian you become part of God’s family. You officially become an adopted son or daughter of God. You are eternally a family member in God’s kingdom through Jesus Christ.
John 1:12-13 NKJVBut as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Romans 8:16 NKJVThe Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God

2. The Holy Spirit Dwells Inside You
The moment you accept Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit dwells inside of you. You are sealed with the Holy Spirit. God Himself is not only with you but God is INSIDE you.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJVOr do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Ephesians 1:13-14 NKJVIn Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

3. You Are A Born Again New Creation in Christ
Accepting Christ immediately makes you a new creation. When you become a Christian you become born again and are spiritually regenerated. You are born again not as a result of a person’s effort but you are born again as a result of the Holy Spirit through the hearing of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJVTherefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
John 3:5-6 NKJVJesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

4. Your Sins Are All Forgiven & Forgotten
When you become a Christian all your sins are forgiven. Your sins have been paid for on the cross by Jesus. The sins of mankind where transferred to Christ and when we accept Jesus the righteousness of Christ is imputed on Christians. The Christian is no longer condemned.
Colossians 2:14 NKJVHaving wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Romans 8:1 NKJVThere is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

5. You Have Eternal Life & Are Saved From Hell
The moment you become a Christian your eternal life begins. Christians have eternal life through Christ but those who are not Christians do not have eternal life but face the Second Death which is eternal punishment. Therefore as a Christians you will be eternally with God while the unbeliever will eventually face eternal separation from God.
John 3:16 NKJVFor God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
1 John 5:12 NKJVHe who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

6. Your Salvation Is Secure In Christ
When you become a Christian you cannot lose your salvation. Once you are saved you are always saved. God will not undo your salvation. The blood of Christ has fully paid for every sin of the believer.
John 10:28-29 NKJVAnd I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

7. You Are Blessed With Every Spiritual Blessing
Ephesians 1:3 says that “we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”.
This scripture does not speak of material blessing but it speaks of the Christian having access to spiritual blessings. The Christian is fully satisfied in God who is all that we ever need.

8. You Are Part of The Body of Christ
1 Corinthians 12:20 NKJVBut now indeed there are many members, yet one body.
Becoming a Christian immediately causes you to become part of the body of Christ. You are part of the Church. The church is a combination of all genuine Christian believers from different denominations, local assemblies and nations. All genuine Christians from different parts of the world make up the church.
1 Corinthians 12:12 NKJVFor as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:27 NKJVNow you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

 

There are many other things mentioned in the Scriptures which happen to a person as a result of becoming a Christian. The Bible mentions at least more than 50 things that happen as a result of accepting Jesus Christ. All these scriptures will be mentioned in another article.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Hindrances to Spiritual Growth

Are you growing spiritually or are you stagnant? How can a person mature in the Christian faith? What are the hindrances to spiritual growth?
There are many things in life that can hinder or prevent spiritual growth in the life of a Christian.

HINDRANCES TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH

(1) Lack of Prayer
Lack of an effective prayer life can lead to lack of direction and discernment in one’s life. Prayer is not one-way. Prayer is two way communication with God. Therefore prayer is not only an opportunity for us to talk to God but prayer is also an opportunity for God to speak to us. God hears us and we hear God.
We draw spiritually close to the Lord by spending more time with Him.
Jeremiah 33:3‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
1 Thessalonians 5:17Pray without ceasing.
James 5:16Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

(2) Lack of Bible Study & Meditation
Another hindrance to spiritual growth is when a person does not study and meditate on the word of God. Through the studying of the Scriptures we learn
a) The divine nature of God
b) The plans and precepts of God
c) The sinful nature of man & God’s redemption for man through Jesus Christ
d) The nature of mankind’s enemy and how the enemy is defeated through Christ
e) God’s spiritual guidelines for godly living.
2 Timothy 2:15Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Joshua 1:8This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

(3) Lack of Fellowship With Other Believers
Without fellowship with the right people, it can be difficult to grow spiritually. When you have the right people around you, such people edify, build and encourage you in the Lord.
Fellowship with unbelievers can lead to backsliding and spiritual corruption. It’s therefore important to guard yourself against the wrong kind of influences as you grow in your Christian faith.
1 Corinthians 15:33Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits”.
2 Corinthians 6:14,15Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

(4) Listening to Bad / False Doctrine
False doctrine can hinder spiritual growth. When a person spiritually feeds himself with the wrong information, such doctrine will corrupt the person. God warns us through his word against obeying false doctrine and also He warns us to avoid following false prophets. A person who follows false doctrine and false teachers is a person who is not only deceived – but that person also deceives himself.
Matthew 24:11Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
1 Timothy 4:1Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons
1 Timothy 4:16Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

(5) Living in Sin
A life of unconfessed sin is a hindrance to spiritual growth. When a person does not feel conviction when he sins or when he/she is not repentant of a sinful habit that sin can stagnate that person’s growth in the Lord.
It’s therefore important to always confess our sins. We must also forgive our neighbor if our neighbor has offended us. We must walk in love and humility. Pride is the root cause of many sins.
Isaiah 59:1,2Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Are you growing? If not, seek the Lord; read His word; spend time in prayer; remove the obstacles in your life that prevent or stagnate your walk with the Lord. Surrender all to God.

How To Find Your Purpose In Life

There are so many motivational books, motivational speakers and material that exist today with the purpose of attempting to teach people how to find their meaning & purpose in life.
Certain books & motivational speakers for example, focus on the idea that the purpose of people is to be rich in this life and that your life cannot have meaning if you do not live according to a particular lifestyle or if you don’t acquire certain possessions.
Others focus on the idea that you cannot find meaning and purpose until you are obtaining & living according to your personal dreams and desires in life?
Another school of thought says that purpose and meaning cannot be found without a good education and without living according to your potential.

However, are all people meant to be rich? Are all people’s personal dreams meant to be achieved? Is education the key to understanding your purpose and meaning in life? How can I find meaning & purpose in life? What does the Bible teach?

Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

God’s thoughts of us are undoubtedly good. He does not and He cannot think evil towards us. God is also ready to listen to us when we pray and if we truly and genuinely seek Him.

 

How To Find Your Purpose In Life
We are able to find our unique purpose and meaning in life through the following

1) You Must Have A Relationship With Your Maker
God created you for a reason. He also created you with a unique purpose. However, for you to understand your purpose in life, you must have a relationship with your Creator. Only your Creator can tell you why He created you. Therefore you cannot know your purpose unless you have a relationship with the One who created you.
Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
Jeremiah 1:4,5 NKJVThen the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Therefore you must first be born again to discover your purpose. You cannot have a relationship with God unless you are born again and you cannot discover your purpose in life unless you have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
John 15:5 NKJV“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing”.

2) Understand That God’s Plans & Your Plans Are Different
Sometimes we want God to bless our own personal plans and dreams. Sometimes we incorrectly expect God to fulfill our own will rather than His divine will for our lives.
However, it’s not always the case that our personal plans are identical to what God has planned for our individual lives. God does not work according to our plans but He works according to His own divine and perfect will.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says the following: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts”.
Therefore the architect of your purpose in life does not come from you. Your purpose in life comes from God.
Your purpose and meaning in life will be revealed as you willingly desire to submit yourself to God’s plans and not to your own personal plans.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

3) Your Purpose Is Discovered By Faith & Not By Sight
The purpose that God has for you may not make sense to other people. However, if it’s God’s plan for your life, you do not live according to what man sees but according to what God says.
Therefore your true purpose will always be aligned with God’s word & God’s principles.
Romans 10:17 says: So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
God may give you the vision, but He might not give you the method by which the vision will be accomplished. Instead God will progressively, step-by-step reveal to you His plan and His method by which you will fulfil your purpose as you walk in faith with Him.
In Genesis 37-50, Joseph had dreams from God that his family would one day bow down to him in respect. Joseph’s dream was misunderstood by his family, especially by Joseph’s brothers. However, even though God revealed the dream to Joseph, God did not reveal to Joseph the horrible events that must take place in his life before the vision is fulfilled.
Therefore sometimes the journey to fulfilling your purpose in life will have challenges but sometimes God will not reveal them to you but instead He will use the challenges you face to help you spiritually grow and equip you to accomplish His purpose for your life.
Habakkuk 2:4 NKJVThen the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision, And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry. 4 “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.

 

You CANNOT Find Your Purpose Without Jesus Christ
Attempting to find meaning and purpose for your life apart from a relationship with God is a mistake. A life lived without Christ is not a life – it is only an existence. Jesus said in John 10:10 “… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”.
Our God-given purpose gives what we do in life an eternal purpose and the rewards are eternal in nature.
Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
Why not make your eternal decision NOW?

We become born again Christians through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26)

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Savior – Amen”
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How Do I Fix My Life?

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Does your life feel like it’s falling to pieces? Have you ever wondered how you can fix your life? Perhaps you have been trying to figure out how you can sort out the various issues and problems in your life.

Many people in the world have sought to attempt to fix their life and problems through the help of therapists, horoscopes, witchdoctors, motivational literature, the internet, yoga or various kinds of religions. Yet for some reason, none of these kinds of methods have helped to fix those people’s lives.

So how do I fix my life? Here are a few questions: Can a vehicle repair itself? Can a laptop repair itself?
If a vehicle is under warranty and if it is faulty, is it not sent back to the manufacturer for repair? Yes, a mechanic might be able to also repair the vehicle, but nobody knows the make-up of that particular vehicle than the manufacturer of that vehicle. Even a mechanic requires training and instructions from the vehicle manufacturer on how to repair that particular vehicle.

The truth is this: We cannot fix our own lives. We need to go to our Manufacturer. We need to go to the correct source in order to have our lives fixed. That correct source is God.
Despite the existence of many inspirational speakers and philosophies it’s only God who can fix our lives.

Psalm 139:13-16 NKJV
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

God should be the first Person we think of whenever we have challenges and problems. Whenever we think with God, we will have God-given solutions to our problems.
If we try to solve our problems our own way and without God, we will certainly fail and we will always be dissatisfied with our life.
It’s only through a relationship with God by the reading of His word can we be able to find solutions regarding how our life can be fixed.

 

How Do I Fix My Life?
Below are 4 things that we need to know & understand in order to begin the journey of getting our life fixed.

(1) You Must Be Born Again / You Must Be A New Creation / You Must Have A New Life
For your life to be fixed, your old life must go and it must be exchanged for a new one (2 Corinthians 5:17). To do this you must become a born again Christian (John 3:3-6). True life begins from the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord & Saviour. Eternal life begins at the moment of our salvation here on earth. Without Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5).
Therefore our journey to fixing our lives begins when we give our life to Jesus Christ and live for Him.
2 Corinthians 5:15 NKJVAnd He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

(2) You Must Understand That Only God Can Ultimately Fix Your Life
We are made in the image of God. Therefore nobody knows us better than God who made us in His own image. Our life can therefore be fixed when we give our life to Christ and we can be “confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in us will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
Therefore we must understand that our life is like a sculpture or a painting and God is the artist. Our life on this earth is not yet complete and therefore the picture we have of our life is not complete. God therefore is still working on us and God will complete the work that He has started in us.
Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJVFor by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

(3) You Must Understand That In This World We Will Have Tribulation
Jesus spoke these words in John 16:33: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
It’s only in Christ that we can have peace. Our peace cannot come from anyone or anything else apart from Jesus Christ. Therefore our life must rest in Christ through whom “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
Therefore in relation to having your life fixed, you must understand that our lives are not exempt from facing challenges, problems and tribulation. However, when we rest in Christ and rest in His peace, we allow Christ Himself to overcome the world and challenges that come our way.
Philippians 4:6-7 NKJVBe anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

(4) Your Life Will Ultimately & Completely Be Fixed When God Gives You A Glorified New Body
Our lives are not perfect right now because the world we live in is not perfect. Furthermore, we do not have perfect bodies.
However, the scriptures tell us that in Christ we will one day have perfect glorified bodies that are immortal and incorruptible. This means that neither sin nor death will have any dominion on our bodies. We will have perfect bodies unaffected by sin, death, sickness, problems and the like and it is God who will clothe us with a glorified body.
1 Corinthians 15:52-55 NKJVIn a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”

So how do I fix my life? I must approach God my Maker and I must allow God Himself to fix my life.

 

Do You Have A Relationship With Jesus? Are You Trying To Fix Your Life?
Are you trying to fix your life with your own strength and effort? Have you been using many methods and techniques that have not worked? The answer is not in a technique or method. The answer is in a relationship. Our lives cannot be fixed unless we have a relationship with God who is our Maker.
To have such a relationship with God we must accept and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour who died and paid for our sins.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN / A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting” (John 3:16). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Saviour and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God.

 

Why not make your eternal decision NOW?

We become born again Christians through FAITH / TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Saviour (Galatians 3:26)

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus otherwise you are free to pray in your own words.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Saviour – Amen”

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Why Should We Evangelize?

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Why is it important for Christians to evangelize? There are so many Christians around the world and there are so many churches that exist today yet very few Christians actually go out and evangelize.
Evangelism is basically the presentation or communication of the Good News or the gospel of Jesus Christ to an individual or people.
Evangelizing is not only for the pastor or church leaders, but every Christian is mandated or commissioned to evangelize. Therefore if you are born again, God expects you to share the gospel of Christ to others especially to unbelievers / non-christians.
Matthew 28:18-20 says – And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Below are 6 Biblical reasons as to why we as Christians should evangelize or witness

 

WHY SHOULD WE EVANGELIZE?

 

  1. God Is Not Willing That Anyone Should Perish

2 Peter 3:9 NKJVThe Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
It’s not the desire of God that people should perish in hell for eternity, but God desires that the gospel of Christ be spread and shared to all mankind with the hope that people may come to a saving knowledge and relationship with God through Christ.
QUESTION: Do you know a person or people in your life who are not Christians? Are you aware that God does not want them to perish in hell? Make it a goal in your life to present the gospel of Christ to them and speak to them about the word of God.

 

  1. We Have A Mandate To Evangelize

2 Timothy 4:5 NKJVBut you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Remember that evangelizing is simply the sharing of the gospel especially to unbelievers. Your pastor or church leader cannot reach every soul. Therefore every Christian is expected by God to play his/her part in reaching to the lost and helping the lost to come to salvation through Christ.
QUESTION: Are you doing the work of an evangelist?

 

  1. How Can People Know / Believe Unless The Gospel Is Preached

Romans 10:14-15 NKJVHow then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
The scriptures say that he/she who evangelizes / shares the gospel has beautiful feet.
If we do not share the gospel nor have a desire to share it with others, we are being selfish as Christians. The gospel is about getting people saved from the fires of hell and getting people reconciled with God through Christ.
I once read a picture image on one of the social media platforms that said the following: REAL FRIENDS DO NOT LET OTHER FRIENDS GO TO HELL.
Do you have a friend in your life whom you have never share the gospel with? Do you have a member of your family who doesn’t even know that you’re a Christian?
Romans 10:14,15 says how can people know what the gospel is all about unless somebody speaks to them about it – and how shall they hear the gospel unless somebody is willing & bold enough to share it?
QUESTION: Are you willing to share and evangelize? Are you willing to find the strength through Christ to be bold and share the gospel to others?

 

  1. Jesus Preached Repentance & Died For Sinners

Matthew 4:17 NKJVFrom that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Luke 5:31-32 NKJVJesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Repentance is an important part of the gospel. We cannot become born again without repenting. To repent means to change your mind or to go in a new direction. The reason why we should evangelize is because Jesus Himself evangelized. Jesus preached to sinners and He died for sinners so that they may repent.
Therefore the reason why we evangelize is so that we help people to repent from sinful living so that they may live for Christ and not for themselves.
QUESTION: Are you willing to evangelize and share the gospel with sinners? Do you know that Jesus died for the worst kind of people on this planet?

 

  1. We Should Extend The Same Grace Given To Us

Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJVFor by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Another reason why we should evangelize is because grace is also an important part of the Good News / gospel of Jesus Christ.
As Christians we are saved by the grace of God and not because of our own goodness or our own righteousness. We are saved because of the work of Christ and NOT because of our own merit “lest anyone should boast”.
Therefore when we share the gospel of Christ especially to unbelievers or non-christians, it’s important for us to emphasize the grace of God and that this grace is offered to all mankind irrespective of their sins or how bad they think they are.
It’s also important to emphasize that salvation and eternal life is a free gift through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23).
QUESTION: Are you willing to evangelize and explain about the grace and free gift of eternal life that God offers to all of mankind?

 

  1. The Harvest Is Plenty But The Laborers Are Few

Luke 10:2 NKJVThen He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest”.
Christ tells us that there is a big harvest of unbelievers who need to repent and who need to hear the gospel so that they come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Another reason why we need to evangelize is because there are very few “laborers” or Christians who are willing to evangelize. Despite an abundance of churches and Christians, there is a very small ratio of people willing to evangelize.
Therefore Christ encourages to pray for more laborers to evangelize and share the gospel because God is no willing for anyone to perish.
QUESTION: Are you aware that the harvest is great? Are you willing to be one of the laborers?

 

  1. Because We Love God & We Love Our Neighbour

Matthew 22:37-39 NKJVJesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’   38 This is the first and great commandment.  39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
If we love God and if we truly love our neighbour then we will be motivated to evangelize. If our neighbor is not a Christian we must be motivated by love to speak the gospel because we do not desire to see anybody perish in hell just as God Himself does not desire to see anyone perish.
God was motivated by love so much that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that if whosever believes in Him shall not perish (John 3:16). Therefore let love be our motivator.
QUESTION: Are you motivated by love of your neighbor – even if he is a stranger – to speak to him/her about the gospel of Jesus Christ?

So why should we evangelize? It’s the will of God and it’s for His glory.

 

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