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.”
You cannot continue as normal after receiving the grace of salvation. There are things no matter how good Satan has packaged them, move away from them. Romans 6:20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
Warm Christians are dangerous. When you go back to your ways, it’s like nullifying all that the Cross has achieved. Revelation 3:15-16 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
There are a lot of people moving around confessing their Christianity but to most, it’s outside and transformation has not reached their heart. Pray that you receive the Holy Spirit because that will make you a true Christian. The Samaritans accepted God’s message, they were baptized but something was still missing. Acts 8:16-17 The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit.
There must be something about their character that made Paul wonder if they receive the Holy Spirit. You cannot receive the Holy Spirit and reman the same. Acts 19:2 “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them. “No,” they replied, “we haven’t even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
Most people who attend prophetic and deliverance ministries normally invite people to come for prayer to receive jobs, to be healed, to be delivered, for their business to prosper and forget to invite them to come and receive Jesus. John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
When you receive Jesus Christ, it’s a package. In Him, there is healing, deliverance and Him, there is prosperity.
The fact that you don’t drink alcohol, smoke and fornicate does not make you a Christian, it is through faith in Christ that we Christians. There are sins of the heart which we don’t see with the physical eyes. A relationship with God is a heart issue.
Galatians 3:19 Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people.
Following the law does not guarantee us salvation, it is through believing Jesus Christ that we are saved. Galatians 3:22,27 But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.
One cannot have have Christ in him but continue with his old ways. Christ in us will help us move away from sin.