God Is Changing Us
I recently bought a very beautifully arranged flower arrangement. The placement of everything was perfect. There was however something about it that I did not like ... and I almost decided not to make the purchase. I thought for a moment and decided I could change things about it and rearrange it a little.
It was a Halloween flower arrangement and in it's center was a wicked witch. Some people now a days may use the word wicked to say something's fantastic or awesome, but the Bible teaches us that wickedness is not good, wickedness, represents darkness and sinfulness.
I removed the wicked witch from the center of the arrangement and instead replaced it with a harvest theme center. I have used the harvest theme to represent the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit of Christ which is what shines forth from us as born again Christians.
When a person becomes born again, God becomes the center of our everything we do. Christ replaces the wickedness in our hearts with His Spirit and His Righteousness. The bible teaches us that our own righteousness is as filthy rags to God. Only what is done through Christ and in Christ will be accepted in God's site as righteous.
We cannot be saved by our own good works, but we are saved by Christ alone. We will have good works because we are saved and because of His presence within us. Our good works will be accepted as righteous as long as are motives are in the Spirit.
When we are without Christ the Bible teaches us that we are dead spiritually and that our foolish hearts are darkened, but when we accept Christ, our hearts are lit up by God's truth and understanding. We become alive in Christ, Christ lives within us.
God hates wickedness and anything evil. It is sin, sin separates us from God. Sin grieves the Holy Spirit within a Christian. God is rearranging our lives and hearts through his guidance and through His Word because He wants to use us for His glory and because He wants His best for you and me. He teaches us that sins pleasure only last for a season but in the long run will bring us misery and unhappiness.
God is changing us as His children, rearranging our lives to be a life pleasing to him, rearranging our thoughts, our motives, our priorities, our desires, everything about us. Teaching us to make our choices through the pages of His Word and through prayer as He leads us in our hearts.
When you become a Christian we learn that it is important to resist sin and to summit to God. Then that old tempter the devil will run from you. When you resist sin, God's presence becomes stronger in you.
Here are some good verses to learn and meditate on as you prepare yourself for any temptations that come your way.
Something to Do:
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Something To Pray:
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Something To Know:
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
God's desire is for every person to hear the gospel and be saved. Will you come to Him today. He died for your sins and rose from the dead, He paid our sin debt at Calvary, ...Come to Him with a true heart of repentance and He will not refuse you.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Father God, If anyone listening to this lesson today desires forgiveness and salvation today, Help them understand your Word and open their spiritual eyes to your truth. I pray you will save their soul for Christ sake . In Jesus Name I Pray This - AMEN
Susan Y Nikitenko
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