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“Faithfully Walking With God” (Pt 4)

God doesn’t want us to be walking around on eggshells nervous about whether we have a personal relationship with Him or not.  To be sure, everyone reading this is either a Born Again Christian or they are not!  There is no in between.  The Lord draws a line and makes us decide just as He did the Israelites in Joshua 24:15, “Choose you this day whom you will serve!”  God loves you with an everlasting love and will never stop seeking you.  He wants your love and devotion, but did not create you as a puppet.  When you were created you received a mind, will and emotions.  You have a free moral spirit within you and can do as you please.  Loving God is a choice – He’ll not make you love Him, but He’ll NEVER give up on you.  The choice is, live your own selfish ways or surrender your life to Christ by repenting of your sins and allowing His Spirit to come in and take control of your life.  Today, I offer three simple steps to the Christian on “How to Faithfully Walk With God.”

 

The Bible gives us assurance of our salvation (I John 1:9).  If we truly confess our sins He will forgive us.  The Bible is our spiritual manual written to get us from where we are to Heaven.  It tells us about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, who we are, where we came from and where we are going – and how to get there.  To understand all this and to successfully live the Christian life, you and I MUST read this Manual on a regular basis.  Not to do it is to spiritually starve ourselves.   God says we can BE SURE OF OUR SALVATION!  “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life” (I John  5:13).

 

We can KNOW we are faithfully walking with God by three simple tests:

1)   Our Loyalty (I Jn. 2:3-5):

John says, “We KNOW that we have come to KNOW Him IF we obey His commands (2:3).  As you receive spiritual insight from the Lord, do you obey what He says?

2)   Likeness Test (I Jn. 2:6):

“Whoever claims to live in him MUST walk as Jesus did.  To live “In Him” means we live in union with Christ.  Jesus described it this way, “I am the vine, you are the branches.  If a man remain in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit”(Jn. 15:5).  The more we learn about Jesus, the more we become like Him in behavior and deeds.

3)   The Love Test (I Jn. 2:7-11):

In the Bible, obedience and love have always been two sides of the same coin.  When He quoted the greatest commandments of all He said, “Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37).  Then He said the second is like the first, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  God’s command and the power of the Holy Spirit to love protects us from all evil.  John said (2:10), “Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.”  Stumble can be translated as a trap or snare.  Hate is like a trap in that it leads to other sins, such as envy, malice, bitterness, gossip, prejudice, and even murder.  However, the person who LOVES has nothing in him to lead to such things.  If you don’t love God, you have or will take Satan’s bait and he will trap you in other sins.

 

Pastor Carnes