April 21, 2023

An Exhortation : Fight the Good Fight and Win

© 2012 Debbie Turner Chavers

Consider the question,“Does your knowledge and understanding of God’s Word match your obedience to His Word? “ 
We do not want to hear Jesus say to us, “I never knew you, depart from me.”

Every encounter with Jesus Christ has left you changed. 
You came as you WERE but He told you to change your behavior. 
To go and sin no more.

It is NOT good news to remain the same. 

When sin is a blurred concept, a man or woman finds no reason to repent, (to change). 
Know that our Holy God requires repentance and obedience. 
Knowing is intimacy. 
Knowing is relationship.
Male or female, you are now the Bride of Christ, the Church.

You are expected to mature in the disciplines of your new life in Christ Jesus.
Healthy relationships are focused with intentional interaction between two individuals. 
This is the process of “knowing” someone. 

When we accept Christ as our Savior we become a new creation, our old man or woman has entered the process of change.
The hard part was accomplished by Jesus Christ at the cross. 
His cruxifixction, crucified  your “old self,” at the cross of Calvary. 
After your confession of belief in the Son of God and what He has done for you, you were water baptized. 
Now you are risen from the death of your old self unto a new creation of who you have become in Christ Jesus. 
The seed of your new Life has been planted in you. 
The free gift of salvation was received and now you are given the privilege of learning your new life in Christ. The gift to hear and obey what the Lord has said has been given to you. 
Receive and Grow.


1 Corinthians 6: 9-11
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.

Bringeth and Doeth : Fruit equals action

Matthew 7: 15-23
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 

Let’s pray:

Father God, thank you for giving me the desire and ability to get to know you better. Father help me to see clearly what pleases you and what does not and to correct myself if I am out of line in my relationship with You. 

In Jesus name. Amen

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