Call me a fool, and a fool I was, but I believed receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and the promise of forever life with God was as simple as intellectually believing He is Lord and in His death and resurrection and saying a little prayer. Then off I could go to my old life and live the way I’d always lived it and one day I would take my suitcase packed with my wishes, ways, wants, and earthly treasures and pleasures having gotten everything I’d wanted on this earth and skip off to heaven to enjoy all the pleasures to come. Oh, not so!
For a long time, I believed in Christ as Lord but wasn’t a follower of Jesus Christ as Lord. I lived for me not for God. I lived according to the world’s ways not according to God’s ways. I looked to the world as my role model not to Jesus as my Lord, Savior, God, King, healer, redeemer, deliverer, teacher, master, Father, and best friend. I held onto my ungodliness and unrighteousness for dear life and did everything I could to feel good, feel better, get what I wanted, and try to live happily ever after. Never mind holding onto God and the Bible and His ways and will for my life. By God’s grace for God’s glory, He took a hold of me, led me to repentance, and taught me the right way to live.
For the Lord. According to His ways, His will, His plans, His purpose, to bring praise, honor, and glory to His holy most blessed almighty forever all powerful awesome amazing loving name!
The verses below make abundantly clear that we are to DENY UNGODLINESS and LIVE GODLY. We are to turn our backs on UNRIGHTEOUSNESS and LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY. We are to say NO to WORLDLY LUSTS and YES to GOD AND HIS WAYS.
How are you living, friend? Are you living for Christ? Oh, may it be so! Please surrender all for always – to the Lord!
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” Titus 2:11-14