Monday, March 3, 2014

Is your salvation manifested in your lifestyle?

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “What I’m about to tell you is true. No one can enter God’s kingdom without being born through water and the Holy Spirit. People give birth to people. But the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised when I say, ‘You must all be born again.”

Can you really say you have been born again and saved?  Is there evidence in your life to support it?

Romans 10:9 says 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. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Now, I ask you, are you living up to these verses?  Is your life reflective on what the Lord has done on the cross for you?  Is your lifestyle impacting people's lives in a spiritual and positive way? 

There is no doubt that we are going to fail in some areas of our lives, however, it should not be to the extent that we are living as those in the world; otherwise, how else are we going to impact the lives of others as Christ did.  You may say, isn't it enough just to say that we are believes, Christians, followers of Christ, and that we have accepted the Lord as our Lord and Savior?  Absolutely not, we are to live a holy life to the best of our ability.  What else are we doing as Christians if we are not living as Christ commanded us to live?  Who are we fooling? We are only fooling ourselves.  Remember that we were chosen by God, by his foreknowledge, and not by anything we have done. We have been sanctified, set aside, to do his will, not ours.

On a daily basis, we ought to reexamine our lives to see where we need to change for Paul was clear about this in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17.  16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

We are strong Christians and no longer should be struggling over the little things, and be done with the baby things in Christ.  But instead, we should be in the process of being matured in Christ. 

Ask yourselves, how long does God have to deal with your immaturity?  When are you going to allow his Spirit, which is in you, to transform you out of spiritual babes to spiritual maturity. 

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3, I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. 

We cannot impact others if we ourselves are not being impacted by the Word of God.

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