OCTOBER 15, 2017
When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we are “born again” spiritually and ready for Heaven. But God expects us to immediately start disciplining ourselves to line up with the Christian lifestyle that we have just committed to. This takes time to break some bad habits, make some new friends, and learn to hear and be guided by the voice of God that is now inside you. God knows we are just babies when we are first born again, so God is lenient with us and very patient. But in the same way we are very forgiving of our babies we expect them to grow and mature in a acceptable amount of time. We become Christians when we are living and walking daily as Christ did. We can not say we are Christians but undisciplined in our emotions and behavior. You can’t say you’re a Christian but still be, drinking, cussing, partying, sleeping around and display violence. Christians do not act like that.
God expects His children to grow and mature to be more and more like Him everyday. In the same way we would not like to see our 10 year old sucking their thumb, wetting the bed and having temper tantrums, God expects Christians to have reached an acceptable maturity within a few years of being born again. You can’t get saved and stay the way you are. You have to grow up in the spirit in the same way your body ages. Christians should not be acting like the world acts. They are violent, selfish, undisciplined and are ruled by ungodly spirits. God needs His children to do better than that. God is about love, peace, sacrifice and charity. We should be praying for one another and be helping one another. The world should see a difference in our lives and theirs. God Bless!!
1 John 2:3-6, “And how can we be sure that we belong to him? By looking within ourselves: are we really trying to do what he wants us to?Someone may say, “I am a Christian; I am on my way to heaven; I belong to Christ.” But if he doesn’t do what Christ tells him to, he is a liar. But those who do what Christ tells them to will learn to love God more and more. That is the way to know whether or not you are a Christian. Anyone who says he is a Christian should live as Christ did.”
1 John 3:7-9, “Oh, dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: if you are constantly doing what is good, it is because you are good, even as he is. But if you keep on sinning, it shows that you belong to Satan, who since he first began to sin has kept steadily at it. But the Son of God came to destroy these works of the devil. The person who has been born into God’s family does not make a practice of sinning because now God’s life is in him; so he can’t keep on sinning, for this new life has been born into him and controls him—he has been born again.”