6.4.15 Life Changing Power
I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Look @ what Billy Graham had to say: One day, by a simple act of faith, I decided to take Jesus Christ at His word. I could not come by way of the intellect alone; no one can. That does not mean that we reject reason. God has given us minds and the ability to reason wherever reason is appropriate, but the final and decisive step is taken by faith. I came by faith. Does it work when a person comes, repenting of his sins, to receive Christ by faith? I can only tell you that it worked in my own life. Something did happen to me. I didn’t become perfect, but the direction of my life was changed. I found a new dimension to life. I found a new capacity to love that I had never known before.
Being a Christian doesn't mean your going to be perfect but it means your forgiven and we need to strive to be more like Jesus.
Ephesians 1:13 ... You put your faith in Christ and were given the promised Holy Spirit to show that you belong to God. 14 The Spirit also makes us sure that we will be given what God has stored up for his people. Then we will be set free, and God will be honored and praised.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 We must thank God at all times for you, friends, you whom the Lord loves. For God chose you as the first to be saved by the Spirit's power to make you his holy people and by your faith in the truth.
Ephesians chapter 4:22 So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to-the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. 23 Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, 24 and you must put on the new self, which is created in God's likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy. 25 No more lying, then! Each of you must tell the truth to the other believer, because we are all members together in the body of Christ. 26 If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day. 27 Don't give the Devil a chance. 28 If you used to rob, you must stop robbing and start working, in order to earn an honest living for yourself and to be able to help the poor. 29 Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you. 30 Don't make God's Spirit sad. The Spirit makes you sure that someday you will be free from your sins. 31 Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others. Don't yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude. 32 Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.
So the above verses say to get rid of your old ways and make new decisions just like God will reveal to you. If you get angry with someone don't stay angry all day put it in the past, because for 1 thing if something happened to the other person then you could never make it right again. Be the bigger man and make things right between the 2 of you. Remember also the tongue is a deadly weapon, that being said watch what you say to people because you don't want say words that can hurt someone. There's so many people who deal with bully's and look what happens sometimes, they commit suicide because they don't feel loved. But being Christians we need to show the love of God to everyone. I know some people may be hard to love but look what Jesus did. Do you think we deserve what He did for us, He died for us so that we could live. Also don't think your going to change over night and God doesn't expect you to but He wants you to do the best you can.
Ephesians 2:1 Once you were dead, doomed forever because of your many sins. 2 You used to live just like the rest of the world, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passions and desires of our evil nature. We were born with an evil nature, and we were under God's anger just like everyone else. 4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much, 5 that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's special favor that you have been saved!)
“He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3
Just from this one verse we see the life changing power of God’s Word. This person is characterized:
Like a tree—a symbol of strength and uprightness
Planted by the rivers of water—fixed and abiding in the refreshing rivers of water
That brings forth its fruit in its season—a fruitful life
Whose leaf also shall not wither—with roots so deep into the Living Water, even the heat of trials shall not cause this tree’s leaves to wither
And whatever he does shall prosper—a prosperous life
God I come to you thinking you for being in my life and loving me enough to forgive all the mistakes I make. I strive to be more like Jesus but you know I am a human and humans have a tendency to fail you, but with your love and help you will mold me into the person you want me to be. I think you for my facebook family and friends. Now God I ask that you be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.