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May the Lord fill your life with the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

If God is not first in your life, then something else is (Deut 6:4-5, Matt 6:24, 33; 10:32-38, Mark 8:34, Luke 11:23, 1 John 5:21).

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You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” (Psalm 16:11)

 

1 Peter 1:13-23

 

It is interesting that the majority of Americans identify themselves as Christians, yet their actions seem so far removed from being Christ-like. While salvation was given to us for free, we still need to follow His rules. We cannot be so arrogant to assume that because our salvation is free that we can also be free to continue to live as we please (Ephesians 2:1-10, Titus 3:3-7). Sure, entrance into the Kingdom is free but the ride there is not. We must stay on course on our journey and not allow ourselves to veer off because you either fell asleep at the wheel, were too busy with distractions, or just curious. If you are lost you can still be found. But if you crash it could be fatal.

 

Jesus told us that we will not see Heaven unless we are born again (John 3:3). Each of us have to ask ourselves what changes have we made in our life to please the One who saved us; the One who has promised to give us a room to live in when we get there (John 14:2). Do your actions align with what He has commanded us to do? Are your thoughts on Him or something else? Do you look at life as getting as much as you can or giving back as much as you can? Do you patiently wait or do you grumble and complain? Are you content with what He has given you or do you desire to have what someone else has?

 

We need to believe in the one He sent (John 6:29); be holy & turn away from sin (Ephesians 4:20-31); be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 4:3; 5:18, Ephesians 5:18-20); live Spirit-filled lives, and have Spirit-guided relationships with one another (Ephesians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:8-12 [Psalms 34:11-16]). We need to fully surrender ourselves to Him and not allow ourselves to be conformed to this world (Romans 12:1-2).

 

As Peter so beautifully reminds us in verse 17, we are foreigners passing through on a journey and we need to live obediently; in reverent fear of Him. He will judge or reward us according to what we do.

 

Now, are you living a born again life or are you still in your old life expecting a new one?

 

 

Created Wednesday, April 08, 2009