- Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal saviour?
- Does God’s spirit bear witness with your spirit that you have passed from death unto life?(Rom8:16)
- Have you been born again and do you really want to live for God?
- You need to have a longing to follow God’s way,the scripture compares such yearning to a deer panting for water ( psalm 42:1).
- Here are five ways to live for God:
1.BE SURE OF YOUR SALVATION: How can you know you are saved?By God’s word.
The blood makes you safe and the word makes you sure,(1 John 5:13) that Scripture does not say “happy feelings have i given you”but “These things have i written.”Now what is written? This:”Him that cometh to Me I will nowise cast out”(john 6: 37).
Have you come?Then where are you,out or in?He says He wont cast you out. Then He must have taken you in. Again it is written.”As many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God “(john1:12).Did you receive Him? Then what are you? His child,are you not?
You see it depends on God’s word.Your feelings will change everyday.Today you may “feel”saved; tomorrow, lost.But don’t go by your feelings.Go by His word “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God”(Romans10:17).It is when you dare to believe,that the spirit bears witness with your spirit that you are God’s child.
2.TAKE A PUBLIC STAND FOR CHRIST:
Don’t try to be a secret believer for it wont work.Unfurl your flag and come out into the open.Confess Christ at every opportunity. Tell others about Him. Don’t hide your light.”whoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and my words of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed”(mark 8:38). If you want Him to acknowledge you,then you must acknowledge Him.
3.TURN FROM ALL YOU KNOW TO BE WRONG:
As the spirit indwells,you will be delivered from your sins ” greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world(1 John 4:4). He gives you a new nature,a nature that loves righteousness and hate iniquity. The Holy spirit is His enablement, He sets you free so you can now overcome and sin shall not have Dominion over you (Roman 6:14).
But you must choose righteousness and forsake sin. Turn your back on it,put it away and set your regenerated will against it.” Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body”(Romans 6:12).
4.SPEND MUCH TIME IN BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER: The more you read the Bible the more you will want to read it. If you want to grow in Grace,meet God everyday,have a place and time for prayer and Bible study. Never let a day pass without spending time alone with God “as newborn babies,desire the sincere milk of the word,that ye may grow thereby” (1peter 2:2). If you neglect the word ,you will backslide and if you learn how to pray sincerely, you will make rapid strides in the Christain life.
5.KEEP BUSY IN THE SERVICE OF GOD:
Satan always finds mischief for idle hands to do. Therefore find something doing in the kingdom,give out gospel tracts. Get into some live soul winning church. Don’t wait to be asked to do something,pray about it and get busy.
Have nothing to do with wordly churches where the playroom takes the place of the prayer room,and there is no separation .Go where people are being converted and where the message is.
If you are sure of your salvation, if you take a public stand for Christ,if you turn from all you know to be wrong,if you spend much time in the Bible study and prayer ,and if you keep busy in the service of God,you will do well. You will be a bright and happy Christain; God will use you in His service and you will be a blessing wherever you go.
From the book:The man God uses by Oswald J. Smith
You are God’s best!