What would you do after you became a Christian?
Written by Joseph Ho, 22nd December 2014
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step. Before any bird can fly they have to crawl and walk, run then fly. No one is an exception to this true process of transformation. The sequence of events would necessitate the increase of physical power to take on the next stage of growth. Similarly, unless you are filled with the word of God to your brim, you can never fully understand the works of Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God Almighty. Start by reading your bible faithfully, daily until you completely read the bible from Genesis to Revelation. If you haven’t done so, please do it, else how can you say you are serious with God. God gave you a book of himself yet you do not think it was important, necessary to spent time to read it. So how can you say he is the most important person in your life when you never bothered to spend time in his word; didn’t even bothered to complete reading his word.
Then next, you would need to attend every seminar that God sent into your path so that you can hear what others do with the word of God. Yes, God can lead you, but he also uses others to teach you. Do not despise small beginning; God can use the simplest of things to teach you great wisdom. This is so you know how to use and apply the word of God so that you will live a victorious life through the lives of others that God have used. Without victory, how can you say God is with you? Then after you have matured, and have walked with God a distance, they he will come to you and start to lead you himself. This is the weaning from the Church, so now God is personal and he is your counsellor, he speaks to you personally. Having a personal relationship with Jesus is the ultimate goal of every believer, because he will only have a relationship with his friends and beloved disciples. The subsequent thing is to exercise hearing his voice and be led by the Spirit of God. This is Truth; anything other than this is a Lie. After that, Jesus can use you to minister to others and disciple them because you do his will. Anyone who do the will of God, they are sons of God.
John 10:27-30King James Version (KJV)
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
Before you can minister to anyone, you have to first test your own belief. No one should preach something that they cannot do themselves. You cannot give what you don’t have. If you got no faith; how to impart faith? If you have never been healed; how to preached that God heals? If you have not seen signs and wonders; how to speak and proclaim it out loud? So your Christianity has to overcome your inner conviction that God is real. Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees you will not enter into the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is the supernatural occurrences of miracles which the angels wroth in cooperation with your prayers of faith.
When someone prays and healing comes, the Kingdom of God is upon him. The one who prays has no power to heal; healing comes as a petition to Jesus who heals. To heal or not to heal is a decision which only God alone can make, no one can advise God; he sees the person from the perspective of eternity. We from our own limited self can see the present, but we do not see the hidden sins and the double life that the person has within him to make a good judgment. God knows everything, and his judgment is righteous.
Repentance follows forgiveness and restoration. The Holy Spirit is given to convict the person of sin. So whenever the believer tries to do something out of line, the Holy Spirit would remind him of the teachings of Jesus. Being led by the Holy Spirit, the believer continues on this journey of discovery. The discovery is made of all the offensive things which the convert is doing that are against the word of God. He slowly strips himself with the help of God through the Holy Spirit of all these offensive things in stages. The faster he strips himself, the faster the transformation. Only the humble man can come to run at a fast speed to recovery, because he accepts the word of God without questioning, he trusts God.
The more educated the man, the more logic he has, and the more he will resist the changes required to enter into the Kingdom of God. But, whenever we respond to the leading of the Holy One; we will become more sensitive to this leading. The more we practice and follow responding to the inner quiet voice, the more we begin to experience the Kingdom of God. Take note God knows how and what to do with you to make your faith in him strong, so we do not need to second guess him. We trust and obey, he is God. But I would not trust and obey men. Men will fail you when they are pressured by circumstances, while God is Sovereign. There is no one good, all Christians were former sinners. So you don’t see a perfect man of God within the church, they are all works in progress until the day they die, the perfect man don’t need God. Because of freewill, God will not force us to be holy; we have to choose to be holy and we cannot make ourselves holy. God will make us holy when we chose to be holy.
Hebrews 5:14New International Version (NIV)
14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
The wisdom or word of God in the bible has to be used daily. Every day and every moment, we have this opportunity to use the Word of God in our life. Whatever the Lord say, he expects us to do what he says. We were converted and accepted so that we can bless the world through our life. God bless us to bless others and through us the nations of the earth are blessed. There is no chance that we will not be able to exercise the Word of God. By doing what Jesus taught us, we show that we loved him. We do not need to wait for judgment day to get our questions answered; those who do not love God will not do what he commands. These already show they do not love Jesus so they do not follow his teachings. By their lives and their works, you can see their true conversion. By their lives you can see they don’t love the Lord. This is truth, no one need to judge them; by their actions they show you what is in their hearts. In such manner we do not see much Christianity in most Christians, therefore the gate to heaven is small and narrow. This means it is very hard to enter into heaven. Even pastors and prophets don’t get into heaven so what happens to normal Christians? Many say they love God, but you can see from their lives that they don’t. It’s obvious to the beholder but not the person himself, because he is blind to the truth. By the amount of Truth the person has within him, you can also tell how much measure of the Holy Spirit is within him. No Holy Spirit no Truth, more Holy Spirit more Truth.
Matthew 7:13-14New International Version (NIV)
The Narrow and Wide Gates
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
John 14:15New International Version (NIV)
15 “If you love me, keep my commands.
Luke 6:46New International Version (NIV)
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
John 5:47New International Version (NIV)
47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”
Titus 3:8New International Version (NIV)
8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
James 1:22New International Version (NIV)
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
James 1:23-24New International Version (NIV)
23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
John 10:16King James Version (KJV)
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
When the transformation is almost complete others shall be able to see and feel light in that person. Don’t be a hearer be a doer of the word. The greater the light, the more he is able to influence the behaviour of others by his own actions. Jesus speaks of a person who lights a lamp but does not hide it under his bed but puts it on a hill so that all could see the light. When we receive Jesus as our Lord, he is now our master, and he has every right to command us to do his father’s will. We are now his to command. So there is freedom from oppression from the devil but then we fall right into being a servant of God. So we move from being the slave of darkness to being a slave of the light.
Anyone who claims to be a Christian yet does not practice what the bible and Jesus teaches is not a true Christian. They are not living in the Word of God, so they are not the living stones of his church. So when Jesus come these will be the virgins without the oil in their lamps. There is no need to proclaim we are Christians, by our behaviour the non-believers will all know we do not conform to the values nor standards of this world as most people conforms. We are different and a peculiar people who would not compromise for personal gains. Our rewards are with the Lord our God, for we obey his teachings.
When you walk with the Holy Spirit, you will experience an abundant life. So what is the abundant life? It is not wealth alone. It consists of love, joy, peace, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. And the devil which represents the law cannot touch you when you are living in the Spirit. When you sleep your sleep is full not punctuated with torment and worries, this is also a gift of God.
Galatians 5:22-23New International Version (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Romans 8:14New International Version (NIV)
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
Unless you are led by the Holy Spirit, you would not be able to experience the Kingdom of God. And then you are not in freedom as you still under the judgment of the evil one which is the devil. This law is the kingdom of darkness which judges you every time your commit a sin against the word of God. So even when you became a Christian you still need to walk in the Spirit, this is the shelter of the Almighty God this is Psalm 91. Where God’s shadow covers you and he watches over you, because you walk in the Spirit. Only those who walk in the Spirit will not be judged by Satan and he cannot put any of the disease upon you because against such things there is no law. Satan is the one who executes the Law upon you by putting the disease or punishment of the iniquity upon you. So this is why even Christians of old still die of sickness and diseases. So, how to get this Holy Spirit? Pray and seek and knock until you get it, only Jesus can give you the Holy Spirit, so you have to satisfy his requirement, approach him with a contrite, humble and sincere, honest heart.
Exodus 15:26King James Version (KJV)
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
Deuteronomy 7:15King James Version (KJV)
15 And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
This is the word of the Lord, if we listen diligently and obey the voice of the Lord our God, and do which is right in his sight and keep all his statutes, he promises we shall walk in health. The reason why some Christians still die of disease is because they do not obey the commands of Jesus. They do not forgive, they do not repent, and they do not obey the voice of God, so God gave them over to suffer. God is not a respecter of person, even when you have received Christ as your saviour, you shall die if you do not repent of our evil works. The evil works are bearing false witness against the brother, speaking rumours and bad reports on those who do not deserve it, hatred for them who speak truth, calling good evil and evil good, not following the will of God and the Spirit, rebellion against the word of God, stubbornness in observing the standards set by God, compromising on his standards, speaking against the true man of God, and other sins recorded in the bible. Anyone who is in Christ yet goes against the will of God, sins. They unconsciously sin against his will in their lives. This is stubbornness and rebellion. The punishment for those who knows the will of God yet don’t obey will many compared to the non-believers. This is Truth.
Luke 12:47New International Version (NIV)
47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.
1 Samuel 15:23King James Version (KJV)
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Galatians 5:18King James Version (KJV)
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
The will of God is something only the one who moves in the Spirit can know, the rest who cannot hear will go against the will of God because they use their mind and this mind is too contaminated to know the true will of God in their lives, so they go around and around the desert and die there without truly experiencing the promise land of God. To be led by the Spirit takes effort and dedication, a strong conviction of the spirit man that he wants to be guided by the Spirit of God and does not turn back from his decision. God must also grant him mercy and grace to believe else no one can come to God.
Galatians 4:9New International Version (NIV)
9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
Luke 9:62New International Version (NIV)
62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Those who follow God and turn back is not worthy of him. They refuse to follow until they see results by bearing fruit. They want instant gratification as in the old ways of the world. They do not like the rebuke or the training set by God as a way for him to write the laws into our hearts. God is not church, he is real and his ways are real and the best. He brings us into situations to teach us truths through life’s circumstances with real people. God will use life situation and events to teach us his truth, thereby writing the laws into our hearts. Yes, the laws are not obsolete, it is essential for good living, he has never abandon his laws, only the Hyper-grace and Prosperity Gospel preachers have abandon his laws.
Reality must match up with the word of God. It is already written so how can we change it. We must conform and submit our will to the Almighty God for his words are true. Those who preach against his Word will only face judgment and condemnation at the end because they have to add things to the Word which is not there, or subtract from Word which he has put there, so in that they are condemned.
Hebrews 8:10New International Version (NIV)
10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Deuteronomy 4:2New International Version (NIV)
2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.
Revelation 22:17-19King James Version (KJV)
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
This is Hebrew and Revelation word and is of the New Testament scripture not any Old Testament obsolete ones. Choose and pick what you like, that will not be the full Gospel of God; it will become half Gospel and worst witchcraft just like what Satan did when he misquoted scriptures to manipulate Jesus. So will the fate be for those who take away or add to the word of God. Man must obey God and must not think he is smarter than God, knowing God will judge everyone according to his works and every false idle word he had spoken in his entire life, in secret or public. Everything under heaven is recorded by His Angels. So, then let us fear God and live a life of peace with our maker.