Active or Acting It Out?

“Die or renounce Christ!” If we were told that this is the choice we have to make, what would be our answer? Or, looking at it from another angle, when Jesus separates the “wheat” from the “tares,” which would we be? To put it another way, in the typical local church, how many speak the language but do not have the “Life?” The vocabulary of faith is one thing; the validity of faith may be another matter! We can understand the basics and agree with them without having the “life.” How do we know if we have the “Life?” In I John 5:12 the Apostle John gives us a very clear answer: “He that hath the Son, hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” How do we know if we have the Son of God? There are many portions of Scripture that guide us in making sure of our relationship with Him. However, the “bottom  line” is: do we know Him as Savior and Lord?  Do we trust that He died for us and rose again for us? Have we received Him and are we more and more yielding to His control? Do we love the things of God? Do we long for, hunger for, thirst for, an ever deeper, richer, personal relationship and fellowship with Him? Do we crave His Word and apply and obey Scripture? Are we enjoying Him and loving Him, more and more? If not, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates” (II Corinthians 13:5).  Knowing, growing, loving and obeying will be the experiences of those truly born again; in some it will be more rapid, in others, slower but it will be going on in every regenerated life! Fanny Crosby’s hymn, “I Am Thine, O Lord,” finds echo in the hearts of those whose conversion is genuine: “I am Thine, O Lord — I have heard Thy voice, and it told Thy love to me; but I long to rise in the arms of faith and be closer drawn to Thee. Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord to the cross where Thou hast died: draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to Thy precious bleeding side.” Selah! His sanctifying activity in our lives; His Word our food and drink, our joy and treasure, gives credence to the authenticity of our conversion. Ron

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