Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Have You Changed?
“Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith…..” Colossians 2:6-7a (ESV)
“Put to death therefore what is earthly, in you, sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and covetousness which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” Colossians 3:5-10 (ESV)
The other night having finished reading the book of Colossians the above versus stood out.
This made me think of how many people who have accepted Christ have never changed their style of living .They continue to live under a false cloud of hope thinking that everything will be fine and nothing else has to be done.
It also brought to mind two quotes from two men whose works I admire:
“Every Christian has the Spirit but not every Christian is filled with the Spirit.” William Greathouse, late General Superintendent and Theologian, Church of The Nazarene
“It is so sad that many who know Christ as Savior have never received Him as Lord” Donald Grey Barnhouse, late Pastor of Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church and author.
Both of these saints of God hit the nail on the head.
Accepting Christ is easy but after this we must walk in Him, we must grow in Him, and we must allow Him to change us in a radical way. We cannot continue to live in our old sinful ways.
“Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” I John 3: 8 (ESV)
Therefore, my plea to you is to examine your walk with God and ask yourselves, “Have I really changed since I accepted Christ or am I continuing to live as I did before accepting Him as Lord?”
If you have never accepted Christ, then now is the time to do so!
My prayer for you this evening is that His Holy Spirit speak to you and that you will surrender all to Him!
To God be the Gory, Honor and Praise!