1 Peter 4:3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles-when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
1 John 3:24 Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
To be a Christian means there are places you won’t go, there are things that you won’t dare do, no matter exciting it seems. It’s a life of sacrifice. Sometimes you won’t be popular with people because you don’t conform to popular practices. It’s a risk you must be willing and ready to take. But in all this, always practice love and practicing love, does not mean you must be friends with everyone. Others, you love but keep at a distance.
Romans 9:8 This means that Abraham’s physical descendants are not necessarily children of God. Only the children of the promise are considered to be Abraham’s children.
Not all who are born into the nation of Israel are truly members of God’s people!
Luke 5:11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. Peter, James and John were normal fisherman and as soon as they met Jesus, they left everything. Not that what they were doing was wrong but a life with Jesus require some sacrifice. There are things you used to do, places you used to go, that you won’t have time for. Ask the Lord for wisdom as you transition so you can maintain relationships. Luke 5:27-28 Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. In this journey you have to let go of good and bad things. We don’t follow Jesus the same way. There are those who follow at a distance and those who must be close to the scene. We don’t serve God the same way. We understand the Bible differently, hence what we believe in and what we do is different. Exodus 24:1-2 Then the LORD instructed Moses: “Come up here to me, and bring along Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of Israel’s elders. All of you must worship from a distance. Only Moses is allowed to come near to the LORD. The others must not come near, and none of the other people are allowed to climb up the mountain with him.”
It is not enough to go around telling people that your are born again Christian. Let your character speak for you. How people see you must be congruent with a Christian who is born again. Luke 3:7-8 When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said, “You brood of snakes! Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones.
Mark 7:18-19 So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?”