The good things we have done and our bad deeds are all recorded in Heaven. We will be judgedaccording to what is written. But, as soon as we ask for forgiveness, pardon is written by our name and therecord of our sins. Later, in the final judgment, the record will be erased if we have been truly sorry for our sins.
How does becoming a Christian change your life?2 Cor. 5:17 NLV -
“What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. Theyare not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!”
How does God change you from the inside out?Psalm 51:10 NirV
- “God, create a pure heart in me. Give me a new spirit that is faithful to you.” or
- “Create pure thoughts in me and make me faithful again.”
When we are born again, we switch bosses. Before Satan was in charge. After, it is Jesus. Jesussends the Holy Spirit to take away our sinful wishes. As we walk daily with Christ, what we want will bewhat He wants. Our thoughts become like His thoughts. By constantly looking to Jesus, we are changed.As a computer can change programs, so our minds are given a new program by the Holy Spirit. Sinfulthings we liked before, we come to hate. Spiritual things we hated, we learn to like.
What is one way we can know if we are ‘born again’?1 John 3:14 NirV-
“We know that we have left our old dead condition and entered into new life. We knowit because we love our brothers and sisters. Those who do not are still living in their old condition.”
The heart of Christianity and God’s law, is true, deep, caring love. We know true Christians by thelove they show for both their friends, and their enemies.
Will ‘born again’ people keep on planning to sin?1 John 3:9 ICB
- “When God makes someone his child, that person does not go on sinning. The new lifeGod gave that person stays in him. So he is not able to go on sinning, because he has become a child of God’.
A true Christian may be caught in a moment of weakness, and fall. But, a true Christian will not be planning to continue doing the same sin. True love will not allow us to keep on planning the same unlovingacts.
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When we give ourselves fully to God, will we love Him enough to obey?1 John 2:3-6 CEV-
“When we obey God, we are sure that we know him. But if we claim to know him anddon't obey him, we are lying and the truth isn't in our hearts. We truly love God only when we obey him aswe should, and then we know that we belong to him. If we say we are his, we must follow the example of Christ.
Jesus makes it clear that if we truly love Him, we decide to obey Him fully.
Will God accept anyone no matter what they have done?John 6:37 NIrV -
“Everyone the Father gives me will come to me. I will never send away anyone whocomes to me.”
There is no sin that is too bad for God to forgive. But, if we keep pushing God away, it is possible tofinally seal our minds away from the working of the Holy Spirit. God will not force Himself on us. But, aslong as there is hope, God will not give up!
Is it safe to put off a decision for God?2 Corinthians 6:2 CEV-
“In the Scriptures God says, "When the time came, I listened to you, and whenyou needed help, I came to save you." That time has come. This is the day for you to be saved.”
Life is so uncertain with instant death through accidents or heart attacks. It is not safe to ever put off a decision for Christ. Really, being a Christian life brings a deeper joy and satisfaction than anything theworld can give. Why wait?
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2. GOD’S WORD’S FOR MY LIFE
Has God ever spoken directly with people?Hebrews 1:1 NIrV
- “In the past, God spoke to our people through the prophets. He spoke at many times.