What do you do now?

#21
So what do you do now? Seek Him, read...read some more, give yourself to Him wholly. Read, pray what those in the bible prayed. Read, renewing your mind by washing of water by the Word. Revolve your life around Him. The very being of who you are. He will revolve around your life and become your very being. Amen.
God loves you and has invited us to be a part of His glorious kingdom.
Be consistent, be diligent; from the heart God hears you. Then, one day, you feel your spirit being entwined with His Spirit and you come to have wisdom and understanding by revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ that you are ONE with Him, in Him, by Him, for Him. Amen
All praise glory and honor be unto God.
 
#22
Amen!!!

2Pet 1:3-8 (KJV)
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.​

Through Jesus and obedience to the Holy Spirit we cease from sin.

1Pet 1:16 (KJV)
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.​

Sin allows the devil ground, Eph 4:27, in us to exact vengeance, Due 28, and sickness first occurs. The devil is God's prosecutor, just as his name means. When we surrender to the Holy Spirit and be holy, the Judge becomes our Lawyer. Jesus walked by the Spirit. He asks the same of us because He was free from sin and walked sinless. Through Jesus' act (death on the cross and resurrection) we too are free from sin, if we choose to be. Jesus gave us all power, 2 Cor 1:20; 1 Tim 6:17-18; Rom 8:32 and many more!
 
#23
We are saved by "grace", through "faith"!!. Nobody is saved by faith. It was only by God's mercy and grace we are saved, but if we want to "access" this salvation that was given to us by "grace", that requires "faith".

Rom 5:1.. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Rom 5:2.. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Going to a Church is not just to learn, and grow in the Lord, but is also so the Church goer can use his ministry skills in to minister to others. The pastor / Teacher can not possibly do all the work of the ministry, and that is not their job. All the Saints are to do the work of the ministry, which is the building up the body of Christ.
We must be careful declaring the attendance of a "church" TO be saints. Saints are elect, and truly walk wholly by the direction of God with no want for self and without waver or idol worship(placing something before God's will) whatsoever.

It has been my personal findings that the pastors aren't even to this level of belief, let alone the general congregation.



Peace

Praise GOD through Christ.
 
#24
You have recognized your sin and what the cost of that sin is. You have repented and are trusting in Jesus alone for your salvation.

What do you do now?

That is a question most of us have when we start our walk with Jesus or at some point in our walk. Ideally we will have a brother or sister in the faith there to help us with those first steps. Someone to help us understand the basics of our faith and help us focus more on listening to the Holy Spirit rather than just trying to quench our burning desire for more knowledge.

That may seem like an odd thing to say when hunger to know more of the things of God is a really good thing, but if you’ll bear with me for a bit I’ll show you my reason for saying it.

In anything that we do there are ways of doing it that work, ways that do not work, and ways that are later made to work after having to deal with the problems created by the using the ways that do not work.

The basics matter. Without a firm understanding of the basics of something and the knowledge of how to apply those basics it is extremely difficult to get anything done.

There are far more ways that do not work or that work poorly than I have time to go over. I will focus on the right way to grow as a Christian. Once you’ve learned that and have begun putting those simple disciplines into action you will be far more able to discern the “right way”.

The first and most important thing you have to do is pray. I cannot stress this enough. Every single thing we do as a believer hinges on understanding God’s will for us and knowing when He is speaking to us. We must be able to distinguish between the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the guidance of an unholy spirit, and our own selfish desires. We have to know God’s voice and we learn to recognize his voice through prayer.
At this point it would probably be wise to define what prayer is. Prayer is an earnest request made of God. It is a plea to the Creator and Savior of our souls. It is us desperately reaching out to our Father like the children we are. It is also a conversation with God, and like any conversation “listening” is required.
Our relationship with Jesus starts with prayer (calling on Jesus to save us). Prayer can never be taken from you. It requires no tools or memorization. It does not even require a physical voice. The reason prayer is so important is simple. It is the first and greatest method for learning and knowing the “voice” of God.
If the “voice” talking to us is different we will know IF we have learned to know the “voice” of God through prayer (listening to Him in particular).

The second primary method is scripture.
I won’t argue semantics about the errancy or inerrancy of the bible. That is not relevant at the moment. I will say this.
The scriptures are a record of what God’s people have learned (usually the hard way) through the ages and of what God has shown them. It’s worth and power to change us for the better has been proven in countless lives and in my own. It is God speaking to us (part of prayer) and it is fellowship (learning from) believers that have since gone home.
It also shows us a standard. God does not change. If what we “hear” God saying runs contrary to scriptural teaching then it is not of God.

The third primary method is fellowship with other believers (not just with the “leaders”).
We all get stuck on stupid at times, or there may be something that we have simply not yet learned, or that we are currently just unwilling to accept.
By talking with other believers we share what we have learned and what they have experienced. They may have spent more time in prayer than us and be better able to recognize the “tone” of what we feel God is telling us. Someone else in the fellowship may have already been through what we are currently dealing with. Their knowledge of scripture may be greater than our own or their way of looking at things may open up an aspect of scripture that we have just not seen yet. Also, sharing what we have been shown helps to keep us in check if we start to go off the deep end.

None of these methods is foolproof either separately or together. Since we tend to be fools and we have this terminal condition known as being human we want to be right and tend to stop listening (which precludes all three of the above methods) when we hear or see something we like.

Place your focus on Jesus. Seek Him and His will above all else. He will take care of His children.
Good reading right here.
 
#25
Without the Bible we would not know how to walk in righteousness. All scripture was given by God to instruct it's son's and daughters in righteousness.

2Tim 3:16.. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Tim 3:17.. That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Just something to think about, Brother. The passage you quoted says that it is profitable (useful and helpful) not that it is required (cannot be done without).

Additionally, please consider:
Romans 1:18-21 (NKJV): For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

-and-

Romans 2:14-15 (NKJV): ...for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)
 
#26
Amen brother, preach. What does it mean to go forth and NOT TAKE a script, or clothes or even two pair of shoes. Don't even consider an extra coat for ourselves. Amen. God is able to supply ALL our needs. TRUST HIM; not what you got to do for yourself because you haven't a relationship with the all knowing, all seeing, all hearing God. He will give ye what ye ought to say. Amen.

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