Monday, October 29, 2007

Should I Worry About Whether I'm Really a Christian?

A Christian is anyone who has the Spirit of God living inside him/her. If you have sincerely trusted Christ for your salvation and acknowledged Him as Lord, then the Holy Spirit has come into your life, and you are a Christian. You won't know the Holy Spirit has come if you are waiting for a certain feeling; you will know that He has come because Jesus promised He would.

When the Holy Spirit is working within you, you will:

1) Believe that Jesus Christ is God's Son and that eternal life comes through Him (1 John 5:5).

2) Begin to act as Christ directs (Romans 8:5, Galatians 5:22-23).

3) Find help in your daily problems and in your praying (Romans 8:26-27).

4) Be empowered to serve God and do His will (Acts 1:8, Romans 12:6).

5) Become part of God's plan to build up His church (Ephesians 4:12-13).

Shine Jesus Shine

Power of Your Love

Friday, October 19, 2007

Whom Do You Serve?

From 2 Peter 1:16 (NIV), "We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty."

His Love is the Greatest Love of All
"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."
1 John 4:10 NIV

From Joshua 24:15 (NIV), ". . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."

Majesty (by Delirious)

Magnificent: Jesus Birth to Resurrection (by Hillsong Publishing)

Sunday, October 7, 2007

What Is God's Will For My Life?

This question is one that comes up frequently. Christian believers tend to ask this question when they are seeking the best ways to serve the Kingdom of God. Unbelievers tend to ask this question in order to determine if they want to become Christians. There are seven things regarding God's Will that are revealed in the Bible that apply to all people.
1) Be Saved
"The Lord in not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9 NIV
2) Be Filled with the Holy Spirit
"Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit."
Ephesians 5:17-18 NIV
3) Be Sanctified
"It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable."
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 NIV
4) Be Submissive
"Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men."
1 Peter 2:13-15 NIV
5) Suffer for Him
"It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil."
1 Peter 3:17 NIV
"So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good."
1 Peter 4:19 NIV
6) Be Thankful
"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
7) Prove God's Will
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Romans 12:2 NIV
When you have committed your life to Christ, you will be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit will convict you and move you. Saturate yourself in God's Holy Word, the Bible. Since you are one with God, you will be given direction in your life regarding any specific callings, including callings to become a full-time minister, missionary, or Christian teacher for examples. Ask God to help you in this matter. However, the first step is to be saved. Without repentance of your sins and acceptance of Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, any specific callings that might be in your future will be on hold. If you are an unbeliever, accept Christ today. I pray for your salvation. May God Bless you!