And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2:21
Our first step is to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. At that moment, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17. Hallelujah! Our decision allows us to become part of the family of God. It is then that our transformation begins. We surrender ourselves to faithfully live holy and righteous lives. Validate who you belong to every day. Identify yourself as a commandment-keeping disciple of Jesus Christ. We are followers of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. As Christians, we never stand alone.
…but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”1 Peter 1:15-16
So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The Lord is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other. If you obey all the decrees and commands I am giving you today, all will be well with you and your children. I am giving you these instructions so you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord your God is giving you, for all time. Deuteronomy 4:39-40
Our highest form of worship to God is obedience. But how do we know what God requires? But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:26. We pray, asking for the anointing of the Holy Spirit before studying the Bible. To have a relationship with Jesus, we must know and understand who He is. Study the book of John [the book after Mark] in the New Testament.
The importance of studying the scriptures is not stressed enough. We require spiritual knowledge along with divine intervention to live holy. The Holy Spirit teaches us how to live godly. The Bible is our spiritual mirror. Since it is impossible for us to teach ourselves holiness, God has the Spiritual Team–God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and guardian/messenger angels to help us stay on the Path of Righteousness.
Sanctification–becoming like Jesus is a lifelong journey. Do not become discouraged! Our walk with Jesus requires daily consecration. Acknowledging our sinful nature but having the desire to be transformed keeps us walking through life on bended knees. You will begin to notice the spiritual changes in the way you think and the increased desire for righteousness.
For correct understanding, wisdom, and discernment, we pray every day for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is vital for the disciple’s life. Through prayer, we receive guidance, wisdom, comfort, and discernment. Prayer is our lifeline–connecting us to Divinity. It is through prayer that we receive Jesus’ peace and inner joy, despite our challenges.
Divine Intervention: Jesus is on our side. He is our greatest Friend, still serving humanity as our Heavenly Intercessor. Jesus loves us!
John was the disciple that Jesus loved. Why? Because his heart was committed 100% to Jesus Christ. John fully accepted Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus did not show favoritism. The other disciples had their own agenda. They desired financial wealth and power. They anxiously waited for Jesus to become King and overthrow the existing government.
With most of His disciples having a mindset in opposition to Jesus’ divine purpose, Peter, James, and John were chosen as the three disciples that accompanied Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration [read Matthew chapter 17]. The Omniscient Jesus knew that Peter, James, and John had faults, but they loved Him with great loyalty. Jesus was aware that those three disciples were willing to lay down their lives for Jesus.
Does God reward obedience? Yes, he does. When boiled in oil, the Apostle John had the loving Jesus intervene from heaven. John did not die, nor did he have injuries from the attempt to kill him. Although he was exiled to the Isle of Patmos, he wrote 1,2,3 John and Revelation. Yes, the faithful disciple of Jesus was given the visions of Heaven and the end of time prophecies recorded in the book of Revelation. Are you ready to dedicate yourself as a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ, living a faith-based life with intent and purpose?
I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2
Placing ourselves in the hands of a loving Savior gives us the confidence that “God is with us.” Nothing can separate us from the love of God because we are part of the family of God. Here is our best gift! Jesus Christ gave His life for the sins of His followers. As a result, there is “now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1.
Always remember, Jesus is currently “at the right hand of God” in the heavenly throne room, where He intercedes for us as our High Priest. From the overwhelming love that we have for Christ, we desire to align ourselves with God’s requirements.
We are safe in Jesus. Nothing can separate us from the love of God except our own personal decision to reject the One who is currently interceding for us in the heavenly Temple above. We Have an Intercessor, George R. Knight.
Hallelujah! We are nearing home!
Prayer: God, we thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus that we may have eternal life. Jesus, thank you for your commitment to suffer on the cross for us that we may have the greatest friend of all times. In Jesus’ name. Amen. © 2021 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers Ministry