SPEND TIME WITH GOD
God created us for HIMSELF. We were created for praise! Each and every one of us has something we are supposed to be doing on earth. We all have a "calling." Everyone is not called to be behind the pulpit, but we are all "ministers" of Christ. My ministry might be behind the pulpit. Your ministry might be at Wal-Mart or at the clothing store you own, etc,... We are ALL called to share the Gospel; the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Many people come to me and say, "I don't know my purpose. Why am I here?" The first thing I tell them is, "you are not an accident!"
I don't care what the circumstances surrounding your birth were, you made it here. You have a purpose. That purpose is to glorify our Abba Father (God)!
The only way we discover who we really are is to first receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour. When we do this, His Holy Spirit comes to live in us. The more time we spend talking to God (prayer), and the more time we spend studying God's Word (Bible), the more in tune we become to the Spirit. As you hear many Christians say "They felt led to do this or that." These are called unctions from the Holy Spirit. Even if you don't hear God audibly, He speaks to you through these leadings.
God speaks to you through His written Word (Bible). Also, the more time you spend in prayer, talking to God, He will answer your questions. Sometimes, God sends people with the answers to the questions you've asked Him, or with things you need. These people don't always have to be prophets. They may not even be Christians! God can use anyone He wants to.
God loves us so much. We glorify Him when we are doing what He created us to do, and being who He created us to be. You want to know who you are and why you are here. Spend time with God!
So, we know that (and if you didn't know) God (the Father) so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in HIM (Jesus) can have eternal life (John 3:16). This means that we have a choice! We do not have to die and go to hell. Jesus is the bridge between us and God. Through faith in HIM, we can go to heaven when we die and eternally be with God.
God's original design for us was that we be with Him forever. After all, He created us for Himself. However, due to the "fall" in the garden of Eden, we were damned (Genesis 3). As usual, God had a "ram in the bush!" His name is Jesus. He is our Savior. Jesus name actually means, "The Lord is salvation," or "The Lord saves."
Salvation is free. It is easy to receive. In the Bible it tells to simply confess and believe (Romans 10:9-10). Religion sometimes makes it far more complex than it is. The things of God are actually quite simple. God is complex, but He meets us where WE are.
Jesus is the English translation of Yeshua. Yeshua is a Hebrew name, and of course Jesus walked the earth as a Jew (Hebrew/Israelite). The name is actually Joshua, in English.
The point is that Jesus is STILL Jesus (Yeshua) regardless! Lately, I hear many people arguing about this. They say, it's not the same person. There is no "J" in the Hebrew language. Whether you say, "Yeshua Hamaschiach," or "Jesus Christ," it still means "Jesus the Messiah," or "Jesus the anointed One." It's just like how Yeshua's (Jesus') name is "Jesucristo," in Spanish. His name in Italian is "Gesù Cristo". It's a TRANSLATION. It is not a different person!
These are the "little foxes that spoil the vines (Song of Solomon 2:15)." Satan uses things such as this to confuse people (2 Corinthians 11:3). The devil gives you even more excuses not to receive Jesus as your Savior. He knows exactly what he is doing He's just counting on you not to! Be not ignorant of the devil's devices (2 Corinthians 2:11)!
It is very important to find a church. It is viral in the life of a believer to have a spiritual " covering." God Himself chooses men and women pastors to lead His "flock." (Jeremiah 3:15)
These anointed men and women of God help us to understand the Word (Bible) more perfectly. God confirms this (Romans 10:14-15) in His Word. It's a rebellious spirit that says, "I can have church at home by myself. I can read the Bible for myself." It's called rebellion when you think you know better than God. It is being rebellious (since you say you read the Bible), when you do the opposite of what GOD Is telling you to do in His
Word. The Bible says that rebellion is the same as witchcraft! (1 Samuel 15:23)
You cannot be a Christian by yourself! God designed us to need one another. We are connected.
The best place to make spiritual connections is in church. The Bible tells us not to neglect coming together and encouraging one another. (Hebrews 10:25) Church is an excellent place to find a prayer partner. Of course we must have our own prayer life with God. However, we are also to pray for one another. (James 5:16) Bear one ANOTHER'S burdens (Galatians 6:2).
IF you claim to be a Christian, there are absolutely no excuses for not attending church! The main reason many people don't attend church is church hurts! Their pastor(s) hurt or disappointed them in some way. They were serving and got betrayed by someone they were serving beside or friends with. Sometimes, it's simply they're church hopping because they keep encountering rude or unfriendly parishioners.
I must be the one to break this to you. So what?! Join the hurt club. Try and try again, UNTIL you find the RIGHT church. Pray. Ask for God's guidance to the right ministry. Trust me, He has the right church for you! We have all been through this same issue. What people need to understand is that church is a "hospital." We are all (sin) sick and being made well. Just like in a hospital, some people have more severe symptoms than others. Just like in a hospital, even though they went to "school," not all of the doctors (pastors) are perfect. Doctors (pastors) get sick too, just like the patients (parishioners). Again, some (sin) sicker than others. At this point, they really should step down. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, and people get hurt.
Whatever the case may be, do not let anyone or anything deter you from going to church. God wants you to go! (John 14:15)
Okay. So now you're saved. Hopefully you've found a church home (covering). You're beginning to look more and more like Jesus (behavior). Now, it's time to serve.
In everything, Jesus is our example! Jesus was the ultimate servant. He tells Peter to follow his example of service, as He washes his
feet (John 13:5-14).
We are to serve humble. Only what we do for God will last. Our gifts are given by God, and we are to give them back to God (Colossians 3:23-24).
One thing God seriously dislikes is arrogance.
Also, we want to serve from a good "place." We should have the right motives. We shouldn't be made to serve. We should only serve if we genuinely enjoy what we're doing. God sees our hearts (Jeremiah 17:10). We may fool some of the people, some of the time, but we can't fool God ant of the time!
The main thing we want to be careful of, is that we're not doing what we're doing to be seen (Matthew 6:1-4). After all, we are here to please God not man. When we study the Bible, we read several instantly where Jesus served the people. Yet, in many of those instances, He asked them NOT to tell anyone else (Matthew 8:2-4). So, we see that Jesus was not arrogant. He wanted to be low key. Jesus was a humble servant. Again, Jesus is our example.
God wants serving to be enjoyable for us. Whether you're serving inside your local church or doing outreach, find your "lane" If you don't enjoy praise dancing, why do it? God can use your talent somewhere else. Maybe you would make a good usher. Instead of feeding the homeless, maybe you would better enjoy passing out tracks. God doesn't want us grumbling and complaining. If we're doing something we don't want to be doing in the first place, chances are we will eventually complain (Philippians 2:14).
So, get on our there and serve. Happy serving!
So, now you're saved. Now it's time for regeneration to begin. The definition of regenerate, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is: "formed or created again," "spiritually reborn or converted," or "restored to a better, higher, or more worthy state." There were more definitions. Yet, these particular ones explain the process of regeneration the best.
You see, we "come as we are," but we are not supposed to stay as we are. When you see people who've been in church all their lives, but they're still exhibiting the same behavior(s) they did before they got saved, regeneration never took place. They confessed Jesus, they may have even gotten baptized, but they never allowed regeneration to take place!
It tells us in (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 is asking on today, "Where is the new?" God is desiring true conversion.
Jesus already paid it all (John 19:30). However, it's up to us to receive all that He paid for. When He ascended, He left His Holy Spirit. When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, He comes to live in us. As we spend time with God we begin to grow stronger and stronger. wWe begin to " look" more like God. We become less flesh and more Spirit. This is what the scripture means that says to walk in the Spirit, and we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:13). The more time we spend starving our flesh, and feeding our spirit, the stronger we will be spiritually.
There will always be some areas(s) that we will have to bring before God (Romans 3:23). However, if we say we have received Jesus as our Savior, we should be pressing towards the mark (Philippians 3:14). We shouldn't be making Jesus look bad, but instead looking more and more like Him, daily!
We do this by, spending time in prayer, spending time in the Word (Bible), going to church, spending time with other believers, and fasting. Then we will be effective witnesses for Christ.
There is a man named Jesus. Actually, GOD, the Son. Yet, He came to earth as a man (God incarnate). He suffered, bled, and died on an old rugged cross. Hallelujah! He rose on the third day, up out of the grave! Jesus rose with all power in His Hands. Now, because of what Jesus accomplished, we have a chance at eternal life. We have the chance to spend eternity in heaven with God (the Father).
Jesus is our Savior. He is the " bridge to God." Because of Jesus' finished work on the cross, we don't have to die and spend eternity in a burning lake of fire (hell). A horrible place, (yes hell IS a place) prepared for Satan and his angels (demons).
The first step though, is we have to believe and receive what Jesus did. Jesus saves! His name means, "The Lord saves."
It's very easy to receive Jesus as your Savior. You don't need to wait until you're perfect to come to Jesus. We come to Jesus dirty. He cleans us up! All you have to do to receive Jesus as your Savior, is confess and believe (Romans 10:9-10).
Confess that you are a sinner, and your belief that Jesus is the Son of God, Who took on all of your sins on the cross. You will be saved! Then regeneration begins.........