GOD PROMISES US A NEW LIFE WHEN WE SURRENDER OUR LIVES TO HIM
Colossians 3:10 You have started living a new life. It is being made new so that what you know has the Creator’s likeness.
SURRENDERING OUR LIVES TO HIM MEANS LIVING TO SATISFY HIM
Galatians 6:7-8 You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
Hosea 10:12 ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.’
SATISFYING HIM INCLUDES LISTENING TO HE SAYS AND ACTING ON IT
Proverbs 4:20-23 ~ Ephesians 3:17 ~ Hebrews 10:22 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
James 4:6 God continues to give us more grace. That’s why Scripture says, “God opposes those who are proud. But he gives grace to those who are not.” (Proverbs 3:34)
As God pours out His grace on us daily we get bolder. It is easy in that boldness to start taking credit for what God has done. God opposes us when do. Continual spiritual growth is dependent on continual relationship and reliance on Him.
I am sure we have all heard the expression “Too big for his boots”
We need to make sure in the process of changing our character defects our new character is in line with God’s character and His purpose for our lives. nWe need to take time regularly to do a spiritual check-up on our lives and our character.
- When was the last time you conducted a spiritual check up on your life and character?