Apart from the World

How does God want us to live?  Number 4 in our “We are saved…now what?” series.  When we are saved, we are now apart from the world.  We are a new creation, we have been set free, God has a plan for us, let us be an example, a testimony to those around us.

  • Do not love the world.  Overcome the temptations of this world and your flesh.

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The Armor of God

The third in our series on how to live as a believer once we are saved is:

Put on the full armor of God; Submit to God and resist the devil.

What does it mean to ‘put on the armor of God?’ and how do we do that?  Spiritual battles are a part of a believer’s life.  Not only do we have the battles within, the struggles between wanting to do what is right and desiring to do the things of this world contrary to the will of God, we also have an enemy who desires that we fail and not get close to God, and he wants to keep others from coming to God.  He will use those desires and your weaknesses to come after you.  But, we can resist him and we have the weapons to do it. Continue reading “The Armor of God”

Walk in the Spirit

What does it mean to “walk in the Spirit?”  This is the second of a series on what we do once we are saved, how a believer should live.  Let us not forget, though, this is not what saves us.  It is by God’s grace, the sacrifice of Jesus’ blood on the cross making atonement for our sins.  Believing in Him from the heart is what saves us.  As a believer, we want to live in a way that honors Him and a way that we can grow spiritually and be a testimony to others.

  • Walk in the Spirit.  Live in a way that honors Him as the Spirit leads you.

When we are saved, the Holy Spirit will come into us and indwell us to guide us (see my post, “The Role of the Holy Spirit”). Continue reading “Walk in the Spirit”

Born Again

Born again is kind of an odd term.  What does that mean?  Why would one want it?  How do we accomplish it?  In my previous post, “I am Saved…Now what to do?” I listed some points in how to live a Christian life, what we should do as a church and how to overcome spiritual battles.  I think this list answers all three questions.  There may be more, but I think I got the meat of it.  Comments are welcome if I missed any.  I mentioned that I would go into more detail.  Today I will cover the first one.

  • First, you must be born again.  Believe in Jesus Christ and through that you will become a new creation.

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I am Saved…Now what to do?

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We are saved by grace.  Not by works.  Does that mean once we are saved we don’t need to do anything?  As Paul would say, “Certainly Not!”  I think there is a reason that God doesn’t just take us up to heaven the moment we are saved.  We are sealed by the Holy Spirit, but we are also guided by Him to do good works.

Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

John 15:1-8

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, 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.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Without Christ, we can do nothing.  With Him, we can endure all things and we can “bear fruit.”  Bearing fruit means living according to God’s will, doing good works according to His purpose, having strength in our weakness, ministering to others, lifting up our brothers and sisters in Christ, letting our light shine so that others can see Christ in us.

We as a church body and members of the body have many responsibilities, I think.  One thing we are lacking is discipling new believers.  I think many new-born Christians ask the question, “now that I am saved, what do I do next?”  Hopefully we don’t stop at just showing people how to be saved, but show them how to grow as a believer.  I have previously written posts about what it means to be saved and what it means to pick up our cross.  I think that is a good place to start.  The last post was about being a part of a church and why go to church?  This is where we can fellowship with others and learn how to grow.  As we read God’s word, pray daily and seek godly advice from others, we can become more mature followers of Christ. Continue reading “I am Saved…Now what to do?”