Being in Christ also involves the Holy Spirit, who convicts, comforts, and communicates with the disciple of Christ (ref,John 14, 16). The truth that the Holy Spirit will teach the believer in Christ is always the same as that which Jesus Christ said to His disciples while they walked with Him on this earth (ref,John 16*13-15).
This invisible leading is one that goes beyond words and even outward actions. There is an intimacy for the follower of Christ who hears the beckoning and guidance of the Holy Spirit which transcends what can be described in human terms alone. This closeness leads to a fruitful life with both inward and outward manifestations. These fruit are gifts from this life with the Holy Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Jesus Christ likened abiding in Him to a branch of a tree remaining part of the main vine of a tree (ref,Luke 13 and John 15). From this vine (Jesus Christ) comes the only true, spiritual nourishment and eternal life. The branch that seeks its own ways and substitutes candy for spiritual food will not grow and will not produce spiritual fruit (ref,John 15*2, 6). The branch which receives this spiritual food grows and helps to lead to other growth on the tree and receives to itself a life of “peace that passes all
Being in Christ Jesus.
“Abide in Me [Christ], and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (ref,John 15*4).
Consider abiding in Christ or being in Christ as a journey. This spiritual adventure begins with a personal experience with Jesus Christ and continues for the rest of your life. The steps on this glorious path are ones of both pain and great gain since you must leave your former, natural pathways to follow a new way of living (ref,2 Corinthians 5*17). This new path involves denial of your former path and its accompanying selfish desires and actions (ref, Romans 6*3-5), but is also filled with great blessings, including the very presence of Jesus Christ and a joy that is beyond description in human terms alone (ref,1 Peter 1*8). This new life is one lighted only in small steps, which require faith in following along with, but not ahead of, Jesus Christ. Yet those who choose to discipline themselves do so with the assurance of fellowship that continues forever with Jesus Christ in His Home called Heaven (ref,John 3*16 and John 14*1-3).Being in Christ Jesus.
“Abide in Me [Christ],
“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” (rep,Isaiah 41*10).
Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that you are our Father and that we may have you with us. We thank you that we can know you are leading us by your hand. Give us your Spirit of understanding so that we may always see your mighty and powerful hand guiding us on all our ways. Help us where we fall short. Help us, for we are weak and are often in situations where we cannot help ourselves. But you are strong. You give light to our hearts. Through the Savior, Jesus Christ, we can direct our lives cheerfully, joyfully, and patiently toward the great goal set before us your children, and before the whole world
“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?, unless indeed you are disqualified” (ref,2 Corinthians 13*5).
The Bible declares and the Bible also says, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (ref,Romans 10*9).
Therefore, to be saved from our sins, and thus from the sting of death, we must confess Jesus Christ as Lord, and believe that after He died upon the cross for our sins, He was raised from the dead. It goes without saying, that Jesus will not be our Savior apart from us proclaiming Him as sovereign Lord. Part of salvation includes believing in our heart that Jesus Christ is truly Lord over life and death.
Part of being a disciple of Christ is stewardship and repentance. If God is sovereign, He owns everything. If God owns everything, we own nothing. We don’t so much as own the bodies we possess. The Bible says, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (ref,1 Corinthians 6*20). “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ… ” (ref,1 Peter 1*18-19).
We don’t have ownership rights, we have management responsibilities’, Jesus Christ said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel”… The Apostles “went out and preached that people should repent”. Jesus Christ declared, “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (ref,Luke 13*3, 5). “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord… ” (ref,Acts 3*19).
We all want a Savior.
The Bible is the living Word of God because it is the message given to us from the “living God” (ref,Hebrews 3*12). The God who is alive works in this world through His living Word in conjunction with the Holy Spirit (see Ephesians 6*17). Jesus spoke of the life-giving property of His words: “The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life” (ref,John 6*63). The word of our Lord is efficacious for our salvation and sanctification (ref,Acts 13*48 and John 17*17).
Other indications that the Word of God is alive include the facts that it sustains man (ref,Luke 4*4), it brings faith (ref,Romans 10*17), it has freedom to accomplish God’s will (ref,2 Timothy 2*9), it can be maligned (ref,Titus 2*5), it gives spiritual birth (ref,1 Peter 1*23), and it abides within believers (ref,1 John 2*14).
We see the living Word of God in action every time a sinner repents and turns to Christ for eternal life. The believer’s changed life bears testimony to the living, active power of the Bible. Commentator Matthew Henry wrote of the Bible that it “convinces powerfully, converts powerfully, and comforts powerfully. It makes a soul that has long been proud, to be humble; and a perverse spirit, to be meek and obedient. Sinful habits, that are become as it were natural to the soul, and rooted deeply in it, are separated and cut off by this sword. It will discover to men their thoughts and purposes, the vileness of many, the bad principles they are moved by, the sinful ends they act to” (ref,Hebrews 4*11–16).
The living Word is active in the lives of those who receive it. According to the psalmist, the person who meditates on and delights in the Word will be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither” (ref,Psalm 1*2–3). The Scriptures today are often downplayed in favor of manmade philosophies, personal experiences, or a “new” word from God. But the Bible cannot be ignored as if it were dead or obsolete. The Word of God is still powerful and very much alive. “We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19).
It is possible for everyone to have the protection and forgiveness that the blood of Jesus Christ provides for people. Regardless of what sins, mistakes and offenses we have committed against God, He offers this gift to each of us.(ref, John 3*17) tells us that Jesus didn’t come to condemn us but to save us.
It is not enough to say we believe in God or know about Him. We must want know Him personally and accept the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.To receive it, The Bible, God’s Holy Word, says that no one can enter heaven or get to the Father except through the Son (rwf,John 14*6) And in John 6*40, Jesus Christ says that all who believe in Him will receive everlasting life with Him! We are only asked to believe (have faith), repent (turn from sin), receive (salvation through Jesus Christ), confess Him with you mouth, and transfer ownership of our lives to Him. If you have never asked Jesus into your life, won’t you ask Him now? He is waiting for you to respond with yes, and you are His and He is yours, because without Jesus Christ, there’s no salvation of your soul to eternal life.
God loves you not for what you can do, how you look, or how much money you have. He loves you simply because you’re you. His love for you is not based on your performance or any external thing. He created you out of pure love.
Your relationship with God is what makes you complete not a spouse. Through divorce or death, spouses leave too. And though you may feel empty or incomplete now, that’s only a feeling.
God’s love for you doesn’t change. It will never change, through all eternity. God’s love for you is indestructible. Doesn’t it seem wise to base your self esteem on something indestructible?
Give some new thought to your priorities. Think about all the things you cherish. No doubt many of them are good and worthwhile. But set a goal to re-order your life.
Make your relationship with Jesus Christ your top priority, and the source of your confidence. It will keep you strong no matter what happens to you in life.
God answers every prayer that is lifted to Him. Sometimes God answers “no” or “wait.” God only promises to grant our prayers when we ask according to His will. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” (ref,1 John 5*14-15).
What does it mean to pray according to God’s will? Praying according to God’s will is praying for things that honor and glorify Him or praying for what the Bible clearly reveals God’s will to be.
If we pray for something that is not honoring to God and not God’s will for our lives, God will not give what we ask for.But the question is How can we know what God’s will is? God promises to give us wisdom when we ask for it.(ref, James 1*5)proclaims, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask to God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” A good place to start is( 1 Thessalonians 5*12-24), which outlines many things that are God’s will for us.
The better we understand God’s Word, the better we will know what to pray for (ref,John 15*7). The better we know what to pray for, the more often God will answer “yes” to our requests we made through prayers to Him.