When we’re first drawn to Christ as a sinner to receive forgiveness for our sins, God is also inviting us to get to know Him on a personal and intimate basis. This is where the battle begins for a new convert. It’s easy to fall into a spiritual “rut” once you become born again. There is a tendency to believe that once you get saved that is all there is to acquire spiritually. Can I say that salvation is only the beginning of an awesome relationship with your Creator and Father? Have a wonderful day as you draw closer to the Lord. Love you all in Christ.
Drawing Closer To God!
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
As you begin to pursue a deeper walk of faith and a greater understanding of who God is and who you are in Christ, Satan will begin to stir up either your flesh or the flesh of others to try and dissuade you from pursing intimacy with the Lord. Now we have arrived at the place where the scripture for today is encouraging us to trust in Lord and lean not to your own understanding. If we continue to walk according to our fleshly desire and the carnal knowledge that we trusted in as a sinner, now that we’re born again, this will prevent us from getting to know our God. If we don’t get to know God beyond salvation, then how will we come to trust Him to lead us?
Therefore, we must begin to listen to the Holy Spirit and begin the process of being transformed through the renewing of our mind that we might become like Christ. When Jesus arrived on the scene and was baptized by John, John said that he must decrease and Christ must increase. After we are baptized into Christ, we too must begin the humbling process of decreasing in the carnal knowledge of our past and begin listening to the leading of God’s Spirit to bring into conformity to God’s will for us as His children.
We must train ourselves to develop a taste for the things of God to the place that we will begin to seek God and value the times of refreshing that comes from being in His presence. As we grow in the knowledge of the Lord and walk by faith then we will be renewed and begin to put on the new man or take on our new identity which is created in true righteousness and holiness. Salvation is more than a onetime experience but it is the beginning of becoming Christ-like as we walk by faith and seek to become one with Him through obedient faith.