Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Word of the Day... December 4, 2013....

What Makes a Christian?

And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not.
—2 Corinthians 11:26
I really enjoy Pastor Greg Laurie.  He really loves what he does and it shows.  I really wanted to share this because very often I am asked this question: What Makes A Christian?  I think he answers this very well.

I once went to a children's ministry event at our church dressed up as Noah. No one knew it was me, which made the whole experience a lot of fun. I was pretending to be someone I really was not. I was playing a little game, actually.

There are people today who do the same thing with the Christian faith. They pretend to be something they really are not.

So how do we know whether someone is a Christian? "It comes down to what they believe," we might say. There is truth to that, but that is not all there is to it. You can believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He is the only way to God, and that He is coming back again and still not necessarily be a Christian. Now, if you are a Christian, you will believe what I just stated. But just because you believe that in and of itself doesn't necessarily make you a Christian.

We may say, "Well, a Christian is judged by the way he or she behaves." But that is not necessarily true. You can pray, keep the Ten Commandments to the best of your ability, attend church regularly, and even be baptized and not necessarily be a Christian. Those things should be a part of your life if you are a Christian. But those things, in and of themselves, don't make you a Christian.

It is not enough to be exposed to the truth. You also need to act on it. You need to make a choice. It means recognizing that you have sinned (see Romans 3:23), turning away from your sins, and trusting in and receiving Jesus Christ into your life as your Lord and Savior. That is what makes you a Christian.

If you would like to ask Jesus into your heart and be born again, please pray this prayer with me today. Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!

Next, you really need to read the Bible if you are serious about your walk with the Lord Jesus. The Bible is your spiritual food.  You need to read and meditate on the Word of God daily to be fed as a Christian.  When you don't spend time daily in the Word of God your spirit withers and dies.  Just like all “living things” your spirit needs food to thrive and grow.  God communicates to us through prayer and His word.

 I start in prayer and I ask the Lord to reveal Himself to me through His Word and to give me a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit as I start my day, so that when I go out into the world it will be the Lord that they see through me and not me.  Then I read the Bible.  I usually start with only one chapter.  Then I think about what I have read.  Meditation opens the soil of the soul and lets the water of God’s Word percolate in deeply. 

Therefore, let us do our part by hiding the Word in our hearts and obeying the Holy Spirit as He draws that Word out of us. For new believers I recommend that they start in the Gospel of John.  It is an amazing book to begin your walk with Jesus Christ. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!


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