“Not All That Glitters is Gold!”

It looks good. However, that’s the problem. A closer look reveals something lacking. There are within Evangelical and Fundamentalist circles those who are truly saved. That means that some others only appear to be born again. They talk the language, they help in the work, they are involved in what is going on. Probably most of these latter assume they are converted. They may “glitter,” but are they “Spiritual” gold? Here are some questions that might help someone to determine if they are genuine Christians. Have they experienced real repentance? Has their faith (the kind the Bible calls for) embraced Jesus as both Savior and Lord? Is there an appetite for the things of God? Is there a separating from the world-system and unto God? Is there a commitment to Scripture, prayer, witnessing and a local church? Is there love, joy, patience and all of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) in their lives? Are they growing in grace (II Peter 3:18)? These are a few questions that can help one to distinguish between being “glitter” only or being real Spiritual gold? “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Galatians 5:24). William D. Longstaff gives us the heartbeat of one who has been born again, “Take time to be holy, the world rushes on; spend much time in secret  with Jesus alone. By looking to Jesus, like Him you will be-your friends in your conduct His likeness will see. Take time to be holy, let Him be your guide, and rush not before Him, whatever betide. In joy or in sorrow still follow the Lord, and, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.” (From “Take Time to Be Holy“). Selah! Christ changing us in our inner being will be reflected outwardly where others can see the difference. The world is quick to spot those who appear to be saved and those that are real “Spiritual” gold!   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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