"Because of the LORD'S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Litmus Test

Good Morning!

I Samuel 10:6 "The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.  9) As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul's heart."

Today when we place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit comes to live in us.  The same power that Christ use to raise the dead is also available to us to empower us to change.   It's only by God's power that we can change.  We cannot do it on our own.  As new believers in Christ, as His followers we are to no longer conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. (Romans 12:2). 

We are to be transformed; a change in our nature and character.  Our lives should tell the story of how we were before Christ came into our lives.  How we lived for our own sinful pleasures; doing whatever we wanted without regard to anyone else and how that could affect others.  Then our story should tell how Christ changed us.  How did the Holy Spirit come and show us our sin and our guilt.  How were we changed!  And, then our story should be one that tells others how God changed us from a life of sin, guilt, death and destruction to a life of joy, gratitude, service and praise to the One True God.

What is your litmus test for change?  How do you measure the change in your heart?  When you accepted Christ as Savior did you put away those things in your life that you know would not honor Christ?  Do you WANT to live and work for Christ?  Do you faithfully read your Bible discovering new truths.  Do you study the scripture to know God.  Are you burdened to pray for the lost and then go and win the lost?  Do you willingly serve for Jesus? 

Maybe you've really never trusted in Jesus.  The Holy Spirit of the Lord has the power to change us and to make us more like Christ.  All we have to do is ask Christ to come into our lives.  Ask God for forgiveness of your sins and REPENT, turn from a life of selfish desires and sin to a life that follows Christ.  Let "Jesus take the wheel" and lead you to be the person God intended you to be.

May God bless you today.

In Christ,

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