To live for Jesus, we first need to become sorrowful for our sins. This is what the Bible means when it talks about repentance.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
Sin is what separates us from God, and we need to make a conscious decision to not indulge in them again once we have decided to live for Jesus. When we repent of our sins, there should be a mind change, and when the temptation comes back to haunt us, we should pray and ask God for strength to overcome them.
We cannot overcome the urge/temptation to sin by our own strength or power, we need the help of the Lord Jesus. When we seek the Lord for help while we are faced with a particular temptation, He will intervene and give us the strength that we need because He promised to supply all of our needs.
If we are proud and full rebellious, we will not bring ourselves to a place of repentance. Pride made us enemies of the Lord, so when we allow it to dominate our lives, we are making it more difficult for us to live for Jesus and have a relationship with Him.
In order for us to truly repent of our sins, we need to be humble. That's the total opposite of being proud! Let us look at the following Scripture:
2 Chronicles 7:14
If My people which are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.
In the Scripture, we understand that when we have made a conscious decision to live for Jesus, we need to humble ourselves and pray. This simply means that in order for God to forgive our sins, we have to repent and stop doing them completely.
The Lord has many blessings in store for us, but He will not pour His blessings in a vessel that is unclean.
Sin is what makes our vessels unclean, and only when we repent of our sins and ask God for forgiveness will we receive a spiritual cleansing from the Lord.
After we repent and get rid of the sins from our vessels/lives, God will pour out His blessings upon us.
Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Peter made it clear in this Scripture that the thing that comes first once we decide to live for Jesus is repentance. Once we get this out of the way, we are able to make the next very important move, baptism. Let us talk about this in #2.
When we use the word "born again," we are really talking about baptism, or being baptized in the name of the Lord.
We talked about repentance in our first paragraph, which is the first step that we must take once we have decided to serve the Lord.
This second step which is baptism is where we demonstrate to the people of this world that we are making a change in our lives, and we no longer desire to live according to the patterns of this world.
Baptism is a public demonstration or a show for others to see that we no longer desire to live a life of sin and shame. In the first paragraph, we spoke to the Lord and tell Him how sorry we are for the sinful life we were living.
We repented of those iniquities, we became sorrowful for living such a wanton, riotous and ungodly lifestyle, and we are now ready to take the next very important step of faith, by putting on the name of Jesus Christ through baptism.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
The above Scripture is clearly telling us that baptism is essential to our salvation. However, we first need to believe on the name of the Lord Jesus, and believe His gospel/good news, because if we believe not in the Gospel of Jesus, then we cannot be saved.
Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death?
When we got baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, it represents the death of the Lord and also our death to the sinful deeds that once have dominion over us.
When something dies, we no longer have any use for it. Sin becomes a dead decaying thing when we are born again, and it is a shame and a disgrace for us to return to such mess after we have put on the name of Christ.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the "name' of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
When Jesus finished His work here on earth and was about to ascend back to heaven, he preached the final sermon to His disciples. Among some of what He told them were: "teach all nations," and " baptize them in the "name."
What we are seeing here, is Jesus Himself telling His disciples that they should teach the gospel to all nations and also baptize them.
From this we need to understand that baptism is a vary important part of the salvation plan, and we must be born again if we want to live for Jesus, but most importantly, if we want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of God. When we talk about the presence of God, we are talking about the Holy Ghost among us. The power of the Holy Ghost is really the power of God.
When we have new converts added to the Church, it is as a result of conviction; and this happens through the power of the Holy Ghost. When we study the Scriptures, we understand that whenever there is an addition to the body of Christ, it's always a result of the move of the Holy Ghost.
We refer to the Holy Ghost as He, because it is not a thing, it is the Spirit of the true and living God operating in our Churches and our lives.
This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Every Christian need the Spirit of God in order to maintain a relationship with Him and live an effective Christian life. The Holy Ghost also helps us to understand the Scriptures whenever we study them.
We receive the Holy Ghost when we call on the name of the Lord out of a truly repentant heart. The Holy Ghost plays a very important part in our relationship with God.
He helps us to stay in the will of God and maintain our integrity in the Lord. Persons in the Church who are without the Holy Ghost, are more likely to mess up and sin against the Lord, because they are lacking the power and help which comes from the Spirit of God.
Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.
We need the power of the Holy Ghost to live and work for Jesus. When the Holy Ghost is absent from our lives, we become powerless and easy prey for the devil.
This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
We cannot walk in the Spirit without the help of the Holy Ghost, because the Holy Ghost is our helper, and we need Him to do the will of the Lord.
If the Holy Ghost is absent in our Churches, the Church loses its power and become less effective in winning souls for the Kingdom of God.
The Holy Ghost is omnipotent, and omnipotent means 'all powerful.' This is why we receive power when the Holy Ghost is come upon us.
The Spirit of God is also present everywhere, (omnipresence) which means that we cannot hide from Him or do anything and He does not know about it. There is absolutely nothing that we can do that He does not already know about.
The Holy Ghost frees us from the burden of our old sinful ways; and gives us peace of mind to live a sold out life for Jesus. The Spirit of God lives with us as we live for Jesus, and helps us to make the right choices as Christians. The Holy Ghost also helps us to love one another and be an example of the believer in everything that we do and say.
The Bible tells us what the Lord want us to do and what He does not want us to do. The Bible contains the mind of God and if we decided that we want to have a relationship with Him, we should take time to study His Word and understand what He wants us to do.
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.
When we study the Word of the Lord, we are not doing Him a favor. We are the ones that need something from the Lord Jesus, not the other way around. So when we study His word we are helping ourselves, and doing ourselves a favor.
It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
The Word of the Lord is spiritual food for our spiritual man, and we need to feed our spiritual man with that food so it can be strengthened. When we wake up in the mornings, we feed our physical man with breakfast, at noon we eat lunch and in the evening we eat dinner.
The spiritual man also needs energy and strength, and it is only through God's Word that we are able to build up the spiritual man. The relationship that we have with Jesus is a spiritual relationship, and the Words of the Bible are spirit according to the Scripture above, so we should feast upon them each and every day for spiritual strength and encouragement.
Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.
The Word of God is very powerful, and when we take pains to study and meditate upon it, we are less likely to sin against the Lord. Jesus helps us to live for Him when we take time to study His Word.
To live for Jesus, we need to build that spiritual bond and connection by the studying of the Scriptures.
We will have problems in this life, but there is not a single problem that the we cannot find a solution for in the Bible if we seek it diligently. We study the Bible for inspiration and instructions, because we need them to live for Jesus and stay in His will.
We read a lot of books for answers as we face different challenges and circumstances in our lives, and while that is good, the Bible is the book that contains the instructions from our Creator.
We should be quicker to run to the Word of the Lord for answers than we run to other books. The Word of the Lord Jesus contains the truth about every question that might have come across our mind at some time or the other.
When we talk about spiritual/biblical fasting and prayer, we don't normally have one without the other. These two are like sisters, they work better together.
Prayer and fasting help us to connect with God more and strengthen our spiritual man to do the will of God. When we long to feel the Lord's presence, fasting and prayer can help to bring about a revival.
Fasting helps to transform us and make us more available and equipped to be used by the Lord. When we fast and pray, we sacrifice the gratification of the flesh, and bring it under subjection.
But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting, and my prayer returned unto my own bosom.
Fasting is a great step of faith and a demonstration that we are putting God over food and other things that we so desire. We also need to fast so that we can become more humble before the Lord our God, because God hates a proud spirit.
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
There are certain things in our lives that we need to get rid of, in order to live a righteous and holy life for Jesus, and be used by Him. This is why fasting and prayer are so necessary.
When we make the conscious decision to put food aside, and seek the Lord Jesus for help, the things that once seemed impossible becomes possible.
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Jesus said this to His disciples after they failed to cast out the demon out of a man's son. This is telling us that there are certain things that we might have to deal with, and we wont be able to deal with those things except we fast and pray first.
As I said before, fasting and prayer are like sisters, they walk hand in hand. So if we want to live an effective life for Jesus and preach His Word wherever we go, we need to fast and pray often.
We also will understand God's Word better when we fast, because fasting helps to remove the clutter from our minds, because it is with the mind that we serve God.
Thanks for reading. I truly hope you were blessed.
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