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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

What happens after I turn my life over to Jesus?

Ok so you have prayed the Prayer of Salvation and you are now a born again Christian.
The good times are ready to roll! Right??
Yes and No
The most important thing is to make the turn from a life of sin to a life with God. You did that when you prayed the Prayer of Salvation.
Now comes a difficult part of your life but a part of your life that you have the power to rule over.
Let me explain,
Have you ever been shopping and the clerk forgot to take off the security tag once you have paid for the item?
The moment you go through that security check point, an alarm goes off. At that moment all of the attention is on you. Someone approaches you and ask for the receipt and then checks the items in your bag. After the investigation, you are free to leave.
I don't know about you but there was a time that this would really bother me.
I would wonder why did I have to go through the public investigation and the cashier just kept on with her job.
It wasn't my fault it was the cashiers fault...Right?
(Just to let you know that once you continue in your Christian walk, these things won't bother you as much)
I make this illustration to show you that once you have prayed the Prayer of Salvation, you are just like that item with the security tag sill on it.
You have already been bought and paid for by Jesus but you have crossed through the security check point that the enemy has set up.
The alarm is letting Satan know that you are escaping him.
I wish I could tell you that Satan is going to say..Ok well goodbye.
The alarm is letting Satan know that you are getting away from him. He is not going to take that lightly.
Even thought you are covered by the blood of Jesus, Satan is still going to try.
Remember that whether you have gone to alter call or if you prayed the Prayer of Salvation here, you have just put Satan on notice. You have told him that he has been replaced. That Jesus now runs things for you.
This is a dangerous time for you.
It is also an exciting time for you because you are in the middle of a fight. There are two people fighting over you. But to God be the Glory because Jesus always wins.
In the next couple of days and maybe weeks, everything that can SEEM to go wrong is going to go wrong.
Notice that I put emphasis on SEEM
It you have told a bunch of your friends and family that you are now a born again Christian, expect some problems.
They are going to Seem to label you as a Jesus Freak and making you feel isolated.
They are going to Seem to remind you of the things that you use to do.
They are going to Seem to avoid you because they don't want you telling them what is wrong in their lives.
Don't worry
Next, it may Seem as if your finances situation is getting worst instead of better. It may Seem as if every bill that you owe turns up in your mailbox in the same day.
Sometimes it may Seem as if your prayer are going unheard.
It may Seem as if you do not get as much attention in church as when you went to alter call.
Don't worry
Satan is going to Seem to have complete control of your life.
How can that be??? You just became a born again Christian
Satan is going to try his best to get you back. He will cause all sorts of commotions in your life.
Just when you think that you can not take it anymore, Satan will whisper in your ear..Where is your Jesus now??
Satan is going to ask you.. If you are such a favorite of Jesus the Savior and God the Father..Why are all of these things happening to you??
I want you to learn and say this sentence often: The devil is a liar!
With everything that might be going on in your life at this moment, Know that God Is In Control.
Satan has no real power when you compare the power of God.
Satan makes things SEEM worst than what they really are.
It may Seem as if everyone is calling you a Jesus Freak and you feel isolated.
The truth is that people are going to call you things in front of your face and behind your face. I would much rather be called a Jesus Freak than some other names that people can call me. Also,
when you become a Jesus Freak, you are among millions and millions so you are not alone.
It may SEEM as if people are reminding you of the things that you use to do.
The truth is that we are all sinners. The only perfect person was Jesus and He died with our sin on Him. We have all sinned in one form or another. Sin is sin. God does not have a tally sheet in Heaven where using drugs equals 10 points and lying equal 2 points. All sin is equal in God's eyes.
The truth is when someone reminds you of what you use to do in the past, just know that the minute you repent of your Sins, Jesus does not remember anymore.
It may SEEM as if your friends and family are avoiding you. You see, people know that you have made a change and they are afraid that you are going to change their life also. They may not be ready to give up living a sinful life.
The truth is that many of your friends and relative may envy you because you were strong enough to make the change. Just be a good example for them because many of them are waiting to see if you make it before they make the change.
It may SEEM as if your financial situation is going astray.
The truth is that you are going to learn about blessings that God has for you.
It may SEEM as if your prayers are going unheard.
The truth is that your prayers are being heard. You are going to learn how to Wait for the answer.

So knowing all of this, stay strong in your decision to be borned again. After the investigation, you are going to be able to go on. Just like you would if you were in the store and the security alarm went off. After the investigation you are allowed to go on through.
The same is true of your choice. Satan is going to try but he will now succeed and he know that.
You have just gone through..

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