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By Watchman | July 21, 2008

     Inviting Jesus into your heart to be your Messiah and Lord is the biggest and most wonderful step you can take in your life.  It is like a birthday–your new birth into the family of God.  Eternal life with your heavenly Father is before you; joy unspeakable is within your grasp.  God wants to bestow upon you all the blessings and mercies He has at His disposal.  Unfortunately, for too many people, rebirth in Christ is the last step in their journey instead of a first step into a new life.  What comes after salvation?

     Once you accepted Christ, did your life change?  Are His blessings and anointings tangible and noticeable in your life?  Or are you still spiritually hungry and physically deprived or ill-at-heart?  Has nothing actually changed?  If you have accepted Jesus and yet nothing in your life is different, you need to understand the part the awesome fear of the Lord our God plays in our daily lives.

 1.  Have you put away the sins of your past?  Yes, Jesus loves us just as we are and accepts us where we are, but He insists we strive to become the people the Father meant us to be.  If we refuse to resist our sins, He will not be able to enrich our lives.  If we close ourselves to the truth that God can change our minds and spirits we cannot grow in Him as He intends us to.  When was the last time someone asked you to do something you suspected was wrong so you answered “No, I’m not going to do that because God wouldn’t like it!”?  How many times have you told a date “No, I can’t sleep with you because our heavenly Father doesn’t like sexual promiscuity and wants sex to remain between married couples”? (This not only pleases God but is a great way to end an unpleasant date really, really fast!) When was the last time you told your children “No, you can’t do that.  Not just because I say so, but because God has judged it to be wrong and in this house we do things God’s way.”  Obedience is necessary before we can see the fullness of His blessings.  Obedience to His commandments.  Obedience to His command to forgive.  Obedience to His plan for our lives.  Are you still drinking too much?  Swearing too much?  Taking His holy Name in vain?  Are you considering an affair, or watching films that God says are wrong?  Do you ever lie or cheat, or covet what your neighbor has?  Do you refuse to rein in your temper?  Your salvation may be assured, but your thoughts and actions may be keeping you from a real relationship with Jesus

2.  Do you read your Bible on a regular basis?  Many churches today claim that the Bible is not all truth although it contains truth.  NO!  The Scriptures are the inerrant, unchanging Word of the living God dictated to men full of the Holy Spirit.  Their words were tested over and over and found always to be true.  How can you know the mind of God if you don’t read His love letter to you; if you don’t understand His plan of salvation recorded here was set in place since the beginning of time?  Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance in understanding what He would have you see in His Word, then open up the Scriptures and read.  Read over and over until He speaks to you through the words of the Scriptures.

3.  Do you spend enough time in prayer with the Lord?  God created us all with an inborn desire to worship Him.  Do you do so?  Do you talk to Him on a regular basis?  There are several different kinds of prayer, yet we seem to pray only the prayer of petition regularly.  Have you ever had a friend or acquaintance who only calls you when (s)he needs something?  How do you feel about that?  Do you ever look at the caller ID and say, “Oh no!  Now what does (s)he want?”  Ever get the feeling God should be saying the same thing about us?  We are commanded to go to the Father with our needs, our wants and our heart’s desires.  Jesus said it is the Father’s great pleasure to give us good things, but that does not mean our wants should dominate our communication with the Almighty.  Prayer is first and foremost to be a means of fellowship with our Creator.  He Who created all of heaven and earth wants to visit with you personally, to spend time alone with you, loving you.  Do you put away time enough each day just to let Him love you and to love Him in return?  A recent study showed that most lay Christians spend no more than five minutes a day in prayer; and most pastors, priests and preachers no more than ten to fifteen minutes.  How much quality time can be spent when there is so little quantity?

4.  Are you giving as God has commanded us to give?  It is imperative to realize that God blesses those that bless others.  Receiving is eternally and irrevocably tied to giving.  Money is one of the biggest idols in competition with God in our society.  God must be given first place in our affections; He must be given the glory due His Name; He must be given the firstfruits of our time and labor.

     God loves you.  He loves you personally and individually, and He has a wondrous plan prepared for your life.  Start trying to know the heart of God. Try to think as He thinks, love as He loves.  Try to live your life completely for Him and to His glory.  As Paul tells us, do everything you do as though you were doing it for the Lord and not for men.  As you draw nearer to Him, He will draw near to you!

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