Part Three . . .
“Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with his mighty strength! Use all the armor and weaponry that God provides, so that you will be able to stand against the deceptive tactics of the Adversary. Ephesians 6:10-11 (JNT)
Satan is working with more freedom than he ever has. Crime is rampant and on the increase! Murders are on the increase! People are murdered in the streets, in their homes and in the schools, and while sitting in a movie theatre! Marriages and all types of relationships are in shambles. Many children hate their parents and each other! People of all ages are bullies and many individuals are bullying people to the point they commit suicide! There’s a spirit of fear everywhere and that is not from God! Satan’s underlying motive goes far beyond a particular issue in society. His goal is for the nations to erupt in rage against God. Satan very much wants a militant, unified, passionate revolt against God and His laws and Jesus’ right to reign over the planet. If you keep an eye on the spiritual temperature of national and international events, you will see the thermometer climbing higher and higher! Satan and his cohorts are fanning and feeding the flames in order to explode in rage and bring a reckless revolt against God’s ways.
Where you confirmed? Did you ever walk down the aisle of a church and accept Christ as your Savior? Have you ever gone through a Bar Mitzvah? Have you ever made a profession of faith in an evangelistic meeting? Have you ever sat alone and told God you wanted Him to take control of your life? Has anyone ever led you in the sinner’s prayer? Let’s put it is this way, if you have done any of these things, and if you have done them willingly than you have made a verbal commitment to God regarding the giving up of your life to Him. God takes this very seriously! Why? Because He takes every word we say seriously, especially our idle words. We are accountable for what we say. (see Matthew 12:36-37)
When you verbally give your life to God, when you verbally accept Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, what you are saying is that you are going to allow God to become the boss of your whole life from that point on. Therefore, your old habits, obligations, standards, boundaries, reactions, fears, intentions, goals, commitments, relationships, emotions, weaknesses, motivators, and inhibitors. All these areas of your life must slowly be conformed to God’s creative perfection in you, by the power of the Holy Spirit’s personal daily teaching and instruction from Jesus Christ, and obedience to God the Father’s daily direction in and through your life.
There is no instant breakfast in our growth with God! At the moment you give your life to God you have just committed your self to Him and your and it is this point our being Born Again process needs to start! This is one of the biggest and most important choices you will ever make! Now, if you do not want to commit to allowing God to change you – and if you don’t want that – the only alternative is to – TAKE BACK YOU LIFE! Here is why. God has told us very clearly what He wants from us and that is change:
“I exhort you, therefore, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer yourselves as a sacrifice, living and set apart for God. This will please him; it is the logical “Temple worship” for you. In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the world. Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed.” Romans 12:1-2 (CJB)
If anyone were to think that they could continue in their old habit patterns after asking God to come into their life, that thinking is way off! At that point they are being deceived by Satan himself. Let me explain: Let’s use lying for example. If we lie, we are manifesting the character and nature of Satan himself in our lives. Why? Because Satan is the father of all lies! You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 (NIV)
God loves you just the way you are. However, He has no plans to leave you that way! He does have plans to change you!
You know what? The Ultimate plan God has for you is and I repeat: “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)
In order to please God, we must change! Why? Because when someone TRULY ACCEPTS Christ “into” their life, the predominate nature and character of Satan must begin to leave their life. It must…!
“Belief in God alone does not save. Even the devil believes in God and his demons tremble with fear! (James 2:19)
Satan and his demons are not atheist!
R.T. Kendall said, “Being a church member does not save you. Good works – the best of them – will not save you! Even if you have some success in controlling your tongue this will not save you! The faith that saves is when you put “all your eggs into one basket” – namely, the blood of Jesus.” (R. T. Kendall)
More people than you know about claim to know God, but with their actions they deny Him. “They are detestable and disobedient; they have proved themselves unfit to do anything good.” Titus 1:6 (CJB)
“Three out of four people who call themselves a Christian believe in God but don’t know Him! Seven out of ten people who call themselves a Christian believe Jesus is the son of God and live as if God doesn’t exist! The majority of individuals who call themselves a Christian claim to know God. However, by their actions they deny Him and live as if He doesn’t exist – this is a Christian Atheist!” (Titus 1:16) Craig Groeschel, Life Church, Oklahoma
God is looking for more than just a believer! He is looking for individuals who totally TRUST HIM! There is a big difference! If you totally trust IN God, you will be seeking out His will in every single area of your life! PLUS, you will KNOW God and be walking with God like Jesus did! The following scripture tells us what is so very important:
“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God[a] is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him MUST live as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)