After getting saved, people often expect to be magically transformed into model Christians overnight. This is a prevalent, but unrealistic expectation. So what, then, should a daily walk with Christ look like? Without daily immersion in the Bible and the fortification of prayer, it quickly becomes discouraging trying to decipher if we are in God’s will. Ever reach a point where you can’t figure out if God is in working in your life at all? How do we know if we are in the faith? 2 Corinthians 13:5 teaches, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified”(NKJV). How can we do this successfully?
1. The Bible leads us to fruitfulness. Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV) says, “Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly. . . . But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Reading and meditating on the God’s Word continually will not only bless us, but is enables us to be beneficial and useful to the Lord.
2. The Bible displays the character of God. How are we to ever learn to recognize the sound of God’s voice if we devote no time to studying it in Scripture? Since the Bible is “God-breathed,” or, inspired directly from God, it is a one hundred percent reliable account of the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament, who are both one in the same. The depictions of both God and his Son in the Bible reveal intimate details of their characters. Want to glean a clearer understanding of who God is? Start reading the Bible! In essence, time spent studying the Word, is time spent studying the character of God.
A BOUNTY OF THE DESTITUTE
“Being justified freely by His grace. . . .”
The Gospel of the grace of God awakens an intense longing in human souls and an equally intense resentment, because the revelation which it brings is not palatable. There is a certain pride in man that will give and give, but to come to accept is another thing. I will give myself in consecration, I will do anything, but do not humiliate me to the level of the most hell-deserving sinner and tell me that all I have to do