Category: Relationship with God

How Can We Have The Mind of God?

How can we have the mind of God? How can we think with God in relation to our life and situations?
In Isaiah 55:8-9 it says “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Therefore in our practical life, we need to know God’s mind; God’s values; God’s principles and God’s viewpoint as we walk with Him.

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Below are 5 practical methods in which we can know and have the mind of God in our life:

(1) We Must Meditate & Think According to What GOD has Written in His word.
In Matthew 4:4, Jesus says “… Man shall live on EVERY WORD that proceeds from the MOUTH of God”
Therefore we DO NOT live according to every word that proceeds from the mouth of men – but we live according to every word that proceeds FROM GOD.
Man is flawed; man makes mistakes; man cannot know everything; man cannot be trusted; man does not always keep his promises. Therefore living according to the teachings and words of man instead of God can be very dangerous. Romans 3:4 says “… Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar…”
Therefore, God is always true; always faithful; always correct; He is all-knowing; He cannot lie and His word is perfect.
For us to have His mind, we must meditate on His perfect word found in the Bible.

(2) We Must Define Words, Principles, Values & Reality According to how God Defines Them
Acts 20:30 says “Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking PERVERSE things, to draw away the disciples after themselves”.
The word PERVERSE is the Greek word [diastrepho] meaning “to distort; to turn aside from the right path”
Therefore be careful of men who distort God’s words or distort God’s principles & God’s defined way of how we should think. Acts 20:30 says that such distorters will actually come from among the church and that they will distort meanings of scripture and offer different ideas and concepts that oppose how God actually thinks.
It’s therefore important to guard ourselves against false doctrines and doctrines of demons. Understanding the word of God and having the ability to discern enables us to walk in the mind of God.

(3) Yield to the Leading of the Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 2:11 says “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God”.
Therefore, you CANNOT know the things of God unless the Holy Spirit is in you. The Holy Spirit reveals to us the mind of God. The Holy Spirit reveals and guides us to all truth.
John 16:13 says “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
Therefore, in our own life we must allow ourselves to be continuously filled and led by the Holy Spirit. We must bear fruit and make decisions under the leading of the Spirit of God. Being led by the Holy Spirit reveals that we indeed have the mind of God.

(4) Be Fair-Minded As The Bereans
The Bereans were “more FAIR MINDED”. The Bereans wanted the mind of God and NOT the mind of men.
They studied the Scriptures for themselves & they did not just take up any kind of teachings without first searching & studying the scriptures themselves.
Acts 17:11 says “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so”.
Whenever we hear preaching messages or teachings from preachers, we should live by the example of the Bereans.
They made sure to fact-check what they heard against the Scriptures. They always put the word of God above what they heard from men. They knew that the authority of the word of God was above the authority of men. They did not want to be deceived. This is one of the reasons why they were fair minded and searched the Scriptures.
God does not want us to be deceived. Therefore, God wants us to test everything. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says “Test all things; hold fast what is good”.

(5) To Have The Mind of God You Must Be Born Again.
You cannot truly think with God unless you have the mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5 says “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”
Being born again gives us access to the mind of God. Christians have personal fellowship and communion with God. Therefore we cannot know God’s mind unless we have fellowship with Him.
Becoming a Christian is the beginning of our journey to understanding God’s mind for our lives; our walk with Him and our relationships.
In John 15:5, Jesus says “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”.

 

DO YOU HAVE THE MIND OF GOD? DO YOU KNOW GOD’S MIND ABOUT THE VARIOUS AREAS OF YOUR LIFE? ARE YOU A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN?

 

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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Whose God is the One True God?

We live in a world where there are many religions, many cultures, and many gods that are worshipped.
It is believed that more than 300 million gods are worshipped around the world.
The question however is: Whose god is the one true god and is there more than one god?

Isaiah 44:6 NKJV
Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God

Psalms 86:8 NKJV
Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; Nor are there any works like Your works.

From the Bible verses mentioned above, we learn that there is only one God and that among the “gods” there is none like the one true God.
So whose god is the one true God? The Bible says that the one true God is the Creator of the entire universe (Isaiah 42:5). The one true God is self-existent (Exodus 3:14) and there is no other like Him.
Therefore any other god who is not the one true God of the Bible is a false god that has been created either by deceived men or by evil spirits.

The question then is: How is the one true God different from the false gods?

 

WHO IS THE ONE TRUE GOD?

According to the Bible the one true God differs from false gods in the following ways:

1. God’s Attributes Are Different From the False Gods
Unlike the false gods of other religions the one true God of the Bible has attributes that make Him stand out against the false gods. Among other things, God is eternal (Psalm 90:2); God is self-existent (Exodus 3:14), God is all powerful (Job 11:7-11); God is omni-present (Psalm 139:7); God is omniscient (Isaiah 40:13,14); God cannot change (Hebrews 13:8); God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19); God is good (Psalm 145:9); God is love (1 John 4:8); God is gracious (Ephesians 2:8,9); God is life and the sustainer of life (John 1:3,4).

2. God is Triune
The Bible describes the one true God as being 3 divine persons who are one and share the same essence and nature in one God. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three in one. Matthew 3:16,17 shows the Trinity together and in Matthew 28:19,20 Christians are commanded to make disciples and baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

3. God is Personal & Seeks a Personal Relationship with Mankind
The one true God seeks a personal relationship with mankind. God created people in His own image (Genesis 1:27). The animals were not created in God’s image therefore only people have the unique ability to fellowship with God.
The one true God wants to be known by His creation. He wants people to know Him intimately. The one true God reveals Himself through His word, the Bible and He has also revealed Himself through Jesus Christ.
In Jeremiah 33:3 God says “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know”.
In Jeremiah 29:11-13 God says “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”.
In Revelation 3:20-21 Jesus says “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me”.

4. God Seeks to Save Mankind By His Grace
People who worship false gods tend to believe that salvation is by personal works or behavioral merit. Through the worship of false gods salvation is dependent on one’s personal deeds and on how “good” a person has been in his life.
However, salvation through the one true God is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9). There is only one way to Heaven – that way is Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
Through the one true God salvation is a gift; it is not a reward (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 6:23).
Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve. Salvation is a gift we don’t deserve. However, because of the love of the one true God, we have eternal life through His begotten Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

5. God Became A Man / Flesh To Pay For The Sins of Mankind
John 1:1-14 says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
1 Timothy 3:16 says: And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

There is no false god who cares or loves his own creation enough to save them from eternal punishment. There is no false god who offers salvation as a free gift. There is no false god who shows the kind of grace that is offered by the one true God.
The Bible tells us that the one true God became flesh in order to die on the cross for the sins of man. Man is a sinner by nature (Romans 3:23). The wages of sin is death or eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23). The Word, Jesus Christ became came that we may have eternal life and escape eternal hell (John 10:10).

 

Which God Will You Choose?
1 Kings 18:21 NKJV
And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.

Even though many people follow many gods – there is only ONE TRUE GOD.
He has revealed Himself in the Bible; He has reveals Himself to His followers and Jesus Christ is the exact representation of who God is.

The worship of false gods is idolatry and it ultimately leads to eternal separation from God. Luke 4:8 says: And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’
We are to only worship and serve the one true God alone. Any other gods are false gods.
Mankind therefore has a choice. The one true God does not force people to worship Him. He has given people the free will to choose Him. However, there are consequences to making the wrong choice.
Choosing the one true God means choosing eternal life – but choosing false gods means eternal suffering (Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15).

 

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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What is God Like?

What is God like? What is God’s nature and attributes? Every person including the atheist has some concept of God and what He is like.
For us to understand what God is like, we need to read His word. We need to discover what the Bible says about the character of God.

The Bible describes God’s attributes in the following ways:

1. God Cannot Lie
God does not lie. He is incapable of telling a lie and He will never speak a lie.
Numbers 23:19 says “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

2. God is Spirit
God is immaterial and therefore He cannot be represented by any material or man-made thing. This is why making idols or images in an attempt to represent God is forbidden according to Exodus 20:4,5.
John 4:24 says God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

3. God is Merciful
Mercy is when God withholds giving us that which we deserve. For example, all mankind are sinners and therefore we all deserve to go to hell. However God has shown mercy to those people who accept Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour in that when they die they will go to heaven.
Titus 3:5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.

4. God is Faithful
God can be fully relied upon. God does not break His promises. God can be totally trusted because He is good and faithful.
1 Thessalonians 5:24He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

5. God is Love
God is the full expression of love. God is motivated by love in whatever He does. For example according to John 3:16 it was out of love that God sent Christ to die for our sins on the cross.
1 John 4:8He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

6. God is Patient
God’s timing is always perfect. God is never late. God is patient those who deserve immediate punishment. God is patient to Christians who continue to grow step by step in Christ.
2 Peter 3:9The 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.

7. God is True
God is true in whatever He says. Not only does God speak truth but He IS the truth. He is the only true God and there is no other.
Romans 3:4 says “…let God be true but every man a liar…”

8. God is Gracious
God is full of grace. Grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve. For example, even though we deserve to be punished in hell because we are sinners, it is by the grace of God that we are saved and receive the free gift of eternal life through Christ.
Ephesians 2:8,9For 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.

9. God is Righteous or Just
God is fair. He cannot be corrupted. His decisions and judgments are always correct & fair.
Deuteronomy 32:4He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.

10. God is Good
God cannot be tainted. He is kind; He cannot sin; He is sinless; He is perfect.
Psalms 145:9The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.

11. God is Slow to Anger
Does God get angry? Yes He does. However, the Bible says that He is patient and “slow to anger and abounding in mercy” (Psalms 103:8).

12. God Cannot Change
God’s nature does not change. He will always be perfect; He will always be loving; He will always be just and gracious.
Hebrews 13:8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever

13. God is Eternal
God exists outside of time and outside of creation; He is the Creator of time and creation itself but He exists outside of time.
Psalms 90:2Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

14. God is Omni-potent
He is all powerful. There is no one and there is nothing that is more powerful than Him
Job 11:7-11“Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than heaven — what can you do? Deeper than Sheol — what can you know? 9 Their measure is longer than the earth And broader than the sea.

15. God is Omni-present
God is everywhere at the sametime and everywhere throughout time
Psalms 139:7Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

16. God is Omniscient
God knows everything. There is nobody who can counsel God because He is all knowing.
Isaiah 40:13,14Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has taught Him? 14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, And taught Him in the path of justice?
Who taught Him knowledge, And showed Him the way of understanding?

17. God is Self-Existent
God is the uncaused cause. He is I AM; God is eternal; He is not a result of anything
Exodus 3:14And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.

18. God is Life
God is the creator, the source and the sustainer of life. Without Him there cannot be any life as we know it.
John 1:3,4All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

 

Do You Know God?
The above are just but a few attributes of God. The question however is – do you know God? Do you know that He loves you? Do you know that God is gracious towards you? Do you know that God wants you to have eternal life and not got to hell? Do you know that God desires to have a personal relationship with you through Jesus Christ?

If you desire to have a personal relationship with God, you can do so by becoming a born again Christian. Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord & Saviour gives you access to God (John 14:6).

 

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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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.

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