Friday, August 23, 2019


Most professing Christians pretend to
be what they are not. A Christian is a FOLLOWER of Jesus, a DISCIPLE,
not just a believer. Jesus gives eternal life to those who become His
DISCIPLES and who follow and obey Him until the end of their lives.
Very few professing Christians know
Jesus and do follow Him. Most are just parrots. They learn from and
speak like their church leaders, who are equally deceived. They quote
Bible verses and the sayings of famous Christians, but they
themselves do not know nor follow Jesus. They live in a dream world.
They believe and pretend to be saved, but they live no differently
from unbelievers.
You have to physically follow Jesus
and live in obedience to Him, to have eternal life. God is spirit and
He speaks to us in our spirit, but the unbeliever, who has not been
born again does not perceive the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God. You
must be born again of the Spirit of God to be in communion with God.
Jesus gives the spiritual rebirth and the gift of the Holy Spirit in
those who believe in Him and receive Him. How does that happen?
We see in Acts chapters 1 &2 how it
happened, on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was first
given to those who followed Jesus before He was crucified,
resurrected and ascended to heaven. We read in Acts 2:1 “When the
day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And
suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind,
and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3And
there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves,
and they rested on each one of them. 4And they were all filled
with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the
Spirit was giving them utterance.”
Peter explained to the bystanders what
had happened, that God had poured out the Holy Spirit on the
followers of Jesus, who by His command were waiting for the Holy
Spirit to be given. We read in Acts 2:37-39.
“Now when they
heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to
Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we
do?” 38Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of
you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of
your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39“For
the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off,
as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” 
In the very same way Jesus, even today,
baptizes those who obey and seek to follow Him, in the Holy Spirit.
He gives of His Spirit in them to teach and guide them so that they
can physically follow and obey Him.
You cannot follow Jesus if you are not
born again and have not received the Holy Spirit. Receiving the Holy
Spirit is not a guarantee of eternal life. You have to follow and
obey Jesus until the end, to have eternal life. Repent and be
baptized, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. To repent
is not to admit you are a sinner. It means to remorsefully regret
your past sins and to turn away from those sins. Be holy, sin no
more. Repent from following after your own desires and lusts. Turn to
Jesus and follow after Him. Die to sin so that you can live for
Jesus. Be baptized in water to bury your old man of sin, under the
water and come out of the water, a new creature in Christ, born again
of water. Then ask Jesus for the Holy Spirit baptism so that you will
be born of the Spirit of God, to be able to hear His voice in your
spirit and follow Him.
Jesus will guide you in every aspect of
your life, but you have to seek and follow His guidance. You have to
be willing to give up everything to follow and obey Him, but first be
sure that you know Him, know His voice and that you hear from Him. Do
not run after other believers, saints, men of God or other people.
You must follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Read and obey the gospel of Jesus
Christ, His words and commandments as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke
and John. Repent and be baptized and ask Jesus to baptize you in the
Holy Spirit, the same as those disciples received the Holy Spirit in
Acts 2, and in the rest of the book of Acts. Read the book of Acts
and see how the disciples were led by the Holy Spirit after the day
of Pentecost. In the same way Jesus will guide and use us even today,
if we follow Him. Jesus never changed. He guides His disciples
through His Holy Spirit.
Jesus said: ”My sheep hear My voice,
and I know them, and they follow Me;  and I give eternal life to
them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of
My hand.” John 10:27,28. Have you been born again of the Spirit of
God and are you following Jesus every day? Are you one of His
disciples, His sheep, who follow Him unto LIFE?
May Jesus bless you.

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