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Prayer is a wonderful resource many Christians neglect to use, but it is a BIG part of having a relationship with God. Which means to pray continually. He wants us to be in prayer throughout our day. He knows your heart and wants you to talk to him like you would any dear friend, with reverence of course. You can talk to God about anything, He is your heavenly father and He wants to know you and have a relationship with you.
As you go, you will grow spiritually and will be encouraged by the fellowship of the other Christians around you. The church is where we go to worship God and we can learn how to be a Christian. The Bible clearly warns us not to be absent from church, we need the strength and encouragement of fellowship with other believers. After you are saved the next really important step is to get baptized. Baptism is the outward expression showing everyone what you have already done on the inside when you accepted Christ as your savior.
We get baptized because we are saved, not to be saved. When you get baptized you should be baptized according to the scriptures and a Biblical baptism is by immersion only. If you have been a Christian for any amount of time you should want to tell others about Christ and what he has done for you. What better news could you give anyone than to tell them how to have eternal life. Millions of people are lost and think their good works will get them to heaven, but the truth is, without Christ their deeds will never pay the price for their sins.
Not a single one of us can make it to heaven on our own and we all need to hear the Good News! However, water baptism also signifies much more. The Greek word for baptize means to immerse. There are two stages of water baptism which express this truth of the gospel. First there is a burial and then there is a resurrection. Whenever anyone was baptized in the early church, they were immersed under water, which represented the burial of their old sin nature. In this way, water baptism reveals the heart of the New Covenant.
God knew we needed forgiveness for our sins; He also knew we needed deliverance from our sin nature. Otherwise, we would remain captives to sin. Therefore, when Jesus Christ died, He bore not only our sins on the cross; He also bore our sin nature on the cross with Him. This is the important spiritual lesson that God wants every new Christian to learn from water baptism.
Too many of us have a spectator faith rather than a laboring faith. God wants to put you to work dear one. Your life will be filled with meaning and purpose as you serve God by letting him use you to share Jesus with those around you. Where can I share? Anywhere you go! There are multitudes of people all around us, that we pass at the store, school, gas station and out to dinner.
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Just always be ready to let God use you to tell someone about Jesus. Jesus was filled with compassion when he saw the multitudes of people that wanted to know God in a deeper and personal way but they lacked true laborers to point them in the right direction. He needs us to go tell them that God loves them and He has a plan for their life if they will only just accept Jesus. Because of this, He was often criticized and persecuted by the religious leaders of His time who spent most of their time looking down on sinners, the hurting, the sick and the lost masses all around them.
Jesus showed us that Church was not designed to be locked up in box behind closed door but the Church is suppose to go out into the World to infect and affect the lives of the lost with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
We need to do what Jesus did. He was out among the people more often than not and He went for the purpose of leading people to repentance and salvation. Matthew But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
God wants us to be pure vessels so that His Power can flow through us and touch the lives of others, that they may see the Christ in us and receive Him. Jesus went around sinners to win them to the Kingdom of Heaven and to show them the Way. That is now His mission for us, The Church. Many do drugs and drink alcohol out of deep hurt.
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They are trying to feel that emptiness in their soul with manmade and demonic vices like drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, pornography and other kinds of self indulgencies. God can heal them, save them and give them an Abundant Life! They are in need the Great Physician, Jesus Christ.
Read what Jesus said: Luke 5: 31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. Who do people sin? Simply put, to feel pleasure. In order for us to witness effectively to people in sin we must have an understanding of what motivates people to sin.
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To understand sin, we must know that the basic need for pleasure is what drives people to sin. However sin is only pleasurable for a season. Satan is the tempter that entices us to sin but he uses the lusts or cravings of our flesh to draw us away for God. James 1: 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
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Satan will use the flesh to draw us into sin but the choice is always ours. Whatever pleasures Satan temps you with will not last because it is only a temporary fix, not a permanent one. Hebrews Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. Moses left the pleasures of the palace in Egypt because he knew it was all a lie. When people realize that sin and earthly pleasures are hollow and empty lies, they too will forsake the old way and turn to Jesus.
That is when you being a witnesses comes in handy because God needs wise people that were once in sin but now are free, to go lead others out of sin and bondage. Moses left Egypt first but God sent him back to Egypt to get his brothers and sisters that were still in bondage. The best witnesses are those who know the way out of sin and bondage and Jesus is Way! We overcome sin by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. The reason you need to know this is so that you can understand what motivates or drives people to sin and why some refuse to let sin go.
The desire for pleasure is addictive and once people begin to feed those desires they grow, grow and grow until that pursuit for pleasure has become a demonic stronghold. Sin is a lie because it cannot truly satisfy our deepest need for pleasure, which can only be found in God. Sin is a false and a short term way to satisfy the deeper hunger of the soul. That is why when we keep sinning it takes us deeper and deeper into darkness until we are spiritually and morally bankrupt. Trying to satisfy our flesh is a pursuit for the foolish because the flesh can never have enough pleasure.
Therefore sin is like chasing the wind because as we go after it, we can never grasp the true satisfaction that we seek and sin will ultimately take your heart away from God.
2. An Aversion to Sin
That is why so many people in these Last Days want nothing to do with God and violence, murder and sexual immorality run rampant. Sin has darkened their heart. When the heart becomes dark that is dangerous and deadly because out of a dark heart comes every kind of evil. Proverbs Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Matthew For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: Never even trust in your own heart because the heart is like a glass, it will always be filled with whatever you put into it.
Your heart is not good on its own, but if you want a good heart you must fill your heart daily with the Word of God. Proverbs He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool; But whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. John And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Never be afraid to teach against sin even though it is not politically correct. Why teach against sin? Because teaching against sin is a part of the Gospel and God wants people to know the truth. People need to know that sin kills and destroys; marriages, homes, health, innocence, prosperity, Churches, businesses, Nations, relationships, mental health, and lives. That is why God told Adam and Eve that if they sinned against His commands by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they would die. Genesis But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
God told them the Truth but Satan used a serpent to lie to Eve. Genesis And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:. Eve believed the lies of Satan and she sinned, then persuaded Adam to sin and then came the fall of mankind. There was no thorns, bad weather, sickness, pain, suffering, carnivores or death in the World until Adam and Even sinned. Adam and Eve lived hundreds of years after the fall but their sin allowed Satan to come into their lives wreaking havoc by stealing, killing and destroying the perfection they once had enjoyed in the Garden of Eden.
Adam and Eve eventually did die physically but long before they died physically, they died spiritually. The wages of sin is sometimes slow approaching but unless it is dealt with by repenting and turning from sin, it will always cause death and devastation. Jesus came to restore what Adam lost in the Garden of Eden.
Romans For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. In fact Satan is lying to people by telling them that Hell is not real, God will not punish sin and many other lies contrary to the Holy Bible. That is why God needs us to tell the truth because Satan is lying to people and leading them to Hell daily. It is important to teach people what sin really is, because people are destroyed for lack of Knowledge. Those who are taught in the Word must communicate that knowledge to others, so the hearers may know the truth and teach it to others.
Hosea My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: Galatians Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. The nature of our flesh is to be impatient and selfish, that is why our flesh and Satan get along so well. Galatians For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. People who are Spiritual still have the same urges as any other human-being but they have learned not to let the flesh be in control.
What the Apostle Paul said about his flesh is true about the nature of flesh of all men in Romans For I know that in me that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not. The fleshly or carnal mind is hostile toward God. Romans Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. When we make God our pleasure, that is called delighting in the Lord. Philippians But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
When people submit to God and make God their pleasure that is when God begins to pour out His Blessings upon them and show His favor upon their lives. Many people are trying to serve God and the flesh. That is called being double minded. James For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. As you live for God remember He is able to satisfy you in ways that carnal pleasures cannot even compare, just be patient and God will do what His Word promises.
David made God his pleasure and in return God gave David everything his heart desired. Read these verses and see how passionately and wholehearted David delighted in the Lord: Psalm For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
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We pray that you get the revelation that David had, which is that delighting in the Lord is the key to living a Blessed Life filled with Godly pleasures. When God is your pleasure you shall not lack any good thing! Hebrews teaches us that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him!
God loves to bless His children and great blessings will follow those who wholeheartedly serve the Lord. It is not until God becomes our pleasure, do we qualify for Him to grant us the great pleasures we desire. Joshua This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Make God your pleasure and delight in Him and then you will have good success in your home, health, job, finances, relationships and all that your heart desires.
God cannot lie and we must stand on this Truth and help others to see. If seeking pleasure is what motivates people sin, why would anyone stop sinning? The answer is simple, affliction.