Following God

It's one thing to understand that we need God. It's another to actually follow Him. In an independent world, submission and surrender are bad words. But the further we get in, the more we know they mean life.

Day One: Walking with God
There are several people described as "walking with God" in the Bible, beginning with Enoch in Genesis 5:24. Noah is also described as "a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God" (Genesis 6:9)...
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Day Two: Living for God
God has given us some very clear instructions in His Word as to how we are to live for Him. These include the command to love one another (John 13:34-35), the call to follow Him at the cost of denying our own desires (Matthew 16:24)...
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Day Three: Surrender
This world is a battleground. Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:17-19), the world God created has been in conflict with Him (Romans 8:20-22). Satan is called the "god of this world" (2 Corinthians 4:4), and due to Adam's sin, we are born on his team...
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For more, see: "Infectious True Love"

Day Four: Jesus, Lord
The key is understanding that Jesus is already Lord of your life. We do not make Jesus Lord. Jesus is Lord. What we are supposed to do is submit to His lordship. Another word for our response to Jesus' Lordship is "submission"...
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Day Five: Following Christ
In the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), Jesus' command to "follow me" appears repeatedly. In many cases, Jesus was calling the twelve men who would become His disciples. But other times, He was speaking to anyone who wanted what He had to offer...
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For more, see: "What things should I give up to follow Jesus?"

Day Six: Becoming Christ-Like
Becoming more like Christ is the desire of every believer, and it is encouraging to know that God has the same desire for us. In fact, the Bible says that God "predestined [believers] to be conformed to the likeness of his Son" (Romans 8:29)...
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For more, see: "How can I become more like Christ?"

Day Seven: The Mind of Christ
In 1 Corinthians 2:16, Paul quotes Isaiah 40:13 and then makes a statement concerning all believers: "We have the mind of Christ." Having the mind of Christ means sharing the plan, purpose, and perspective of Christ, and it is something that all believers possess...
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Published 12-11-15