For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14
Identification is very important among most people. People want others to be able to identify who they are.
It is common for people to identify others by what they do for work. Along with identifying others by their work, they will also be identified by their character and family relations. Their character shows up in how they act, think, speak and react to others and to situations in their lives.
Every person has some type of identity as to who he is and every person is different from others.
Paul points out that those who want to be children are led by God’s Spirit. Only those led by the Spirit of God are actually children of God.
Many people like to consider themselves a child of God, because confess that they believe in God. While confession is good, it is not the end-all to salvation and being a child of God.
If one truly believes in God’s word and then claims to believe in God and be His child, he will also choose to be led by God. Being led by God is more than just a confession, but it is following up with thoughts, words and actions that are God centered and controlled by Him.
While many people claim to believe in God and be a child of God, very few are actually being led by God. They allow themselves to purposefully participate in sinful activities, ignoring God’s word to their lives. They allow their short-term feelings and emotions to guide them in all of their words and actions.
Instead of allowing personal feelings to guide a believer, one must allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide him. The Holy Spirit will always lead a person to be a true child of God, not one of this world.
Jesus knew you would have struggles as to how to live for Him. He sent His Holy Spirit to guide and lead you in becoming more like Him. Jesus is God’s Son and you can be His son also.
All it takes is allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you in how to be His son. Live a life that is led by the Holy Spirit and you will live a life that is different from most people. Your identity will change from one of this world, to that of God’s kingdom–His child.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to lead you; that you will be seen as a child of God; and that you will live as a child of God.
So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. Acts 24:16
Conscience is the inner part of a person that knows whether a person is doing the right thing or the wrong thing. The conscience has a major part in a person’s life when things are said, done, or thought that no one else can see or hear.
People often have thoughts about others or do actions behind closed doors, thinking no one see or cares. However, their conscience will bother them, because they know themselves what they did. Some will ignore their conscience to the point of being able to do wrong with no sorrow.
Paul was being tried for stirring up trouble. As he begins his argument, he tells the leaders that he strives to keep a clear conscience before both God and man.
Those in the world strive only to please themselves. They want to make themselves happy no matter what, not always caring about other people.
Believers are different in that they are out to please God and in the process build others up. In pleasing God, they will do what it takes to build others up. This includes in both in their thoughts and their actions, both in person and away from others.
The believer also knows in his spirit or conscience when he is doing the right thing or the wrong thing. His goal is to keep that conscience clear before God and man, always doing the right thing, whether in thought, words or actions. His goal is to please God, which also means he will always do right to every person.
The only way for a person to do this is to strive to flee all sin and to do what God has called him to do at all times. He knows that God knows what he has done and what is in his heart. When God is pleased, his heart will have a clear conscience.
God sees and knows all of your thoughts and actions. As He sees these things, what will He see? Will it be a person who is striving to live like Jesus? Or will it be one who is living like the world?
As you seek yourself, your spirit or conscience knows the truth to those questions. Do you have a clear conscience before God and man that you are always striving to do what is right?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will do what is right before God; that you will live and speak as Jesus lived and spoke; that you will repent of all sin before God; and that you will obey God in every area of your life.
With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Acts 2:40
Most people have something that they are very passionate about. When they are around others who do not believe the same way, they will attempt to persuade them to the same way of thinking.
Often they will double down on the persuasion attempts when the other person is on a path that is seriously dangerous. Very few people want to see another person go down a path that will harm them. They will do what they can to get them to change their path.
After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Peter told the people what was happening, because they did not understand it. Then Peter worked hard at persuading the people to be saved.
Every believer has come to a point in his life that he realizes he is on a path to death and needed to be saved. He has chosen to believe in Jesus.
While many believe this for themselves, many do not really believe it for others. They do not want to tell others about Jesus and the salvation He provides. They are afraid to offend others.
Those who do not tell others about Jesus, do not have the heart of God. They are not passionate about the things of God and refuse to warn others of the danger they are in.
Once a person has the heart of God, he will do all he can to warn others and get them to follow Jesus. It will become his passion, just as Jesus had. He will plead with the people and provide every reason he can for others to choose to follow Jesus. He will not be lukewarm, but hotly passionate about being a witness, not wanting to see others perish.
As a believer, you have seen the need for Jesus. Now you must see that others also need Jesus just as much as you did.
Do not allow yourself to be passive and quiet about helping them in their greatest need. Be passionate and willing to speak up and persuade them to be saved.
Not telling them about Jesus is hating them, not showing true love. This is opposite of what Jesus did and calls you to do.
Be passionate about Jesus and do all you can to point them to salvation in Jesus.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the heart of God; that you will be passionate about telling others about Jesus; that you will warn others of God’s coming judgement; and that you will be God’s witness.
He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” Luke 16:15
People will often break the laws or cheat the system, doing something that is normally seen as wrong. When they are confronted about it, many will try to give an acceptable excuse as to why they did it and should not be punished.
There are also many who do good things, but for selfish and wrong reasons.
After Jesus told a parable about loving money, the Pharisees sneered at Jesus. He pointed out that they were just justifying their false actions, but God knew their heart and that the things people were valuing, God was hating.
It is sadly common that many believers in the church, who have a sinful habit, will try to justify it as acceptable. Often these sinful habits are things of the heart, that can be acceptable if done if done with the right motive.
There is nothing sinful about having money, but it can become sinful to desire money above God and what He desires.
Some believers will praise the very same things that the world praises. Things such as wealth, prestige, property, looks, position, titles and more. While God can use these things, God does not see them as of high value as man does.
A believer can have any or all of these things and not sin, if he is using them for God’s glory and praise. He does not use them for selfish purposes. This is a matter of the heart, that only God can truly see and understand.
Every believer must check his heart in what he does and wants. These things must be guided by God’s heart, not his own or that of the world’s.
As a believer, you must be willing to allow God to examine your heart’s motives in your actions. Seek to know what God values highly and run after that. Going after anything else will fail and will be detestable to God.
God’s first goal for you is for you to be like Jesus. His next goal is for you to be His witness to make more people like Jesus. Everything that you think, say or do must follow after God’s goals for your life. Anything else will be found as disgusting to God.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will desire what God desires; and that your motives of thoughts, words and actions will honor God.