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The Time Is Now!

Section 5, Chapter 9

How to Disciple A New Christian

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Dear John:

Your continued faithfulness and eagerness to develop your relationship with Jesus Christ is very encouraging.

In this weeks reading assignment, you learned one of the most important concepts of discipleship you will ever need to know which is how to daily release your faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of your daily sins. The Bible tells us in 1 John 1:8, 10,

"If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. . . . If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."

Whether we like it or not, every day in some capacity we will sin. This is because while we are bornagain new in our spirit, yet we still have the presence of our fallen soul and flesh which is in bondage to sin. The way we keep our soul and flesh from sinning and in submission to our Lord Jesus Christ is by 1) seeking Jesus for His will in our lives and use of time and then submitting ourselves to Him in our use of time. Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:15-17,

"Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."

When you are occupied with doing Godís will, your flesh does not have an opportunity to sin. When you are doing Godís will you are walking in the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote in Galatians 5:16 "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh."

Second by spending daily time feeding upon Jesus and His Word. As physical food is the source of nourishment and strength for our bodies, so Jesus is the source of food and nourishment for our human spirit. As we feed upon Jesus in our daily time with Him and His Word, He strengthens our spirit so that it becomes dominate over our fallen soul and flesh so that we do not sin. Jesus said in Matthew 26:41 "Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." Hebrews 4:12 states,

"For the word of God is spiritually-alive and energetically-effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the conscious-reasoning's and intentions of the heart."

The Bible is not just words on a page, they have Holy Spirit spiritual life in them. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is given-by-inspiration-of-God." As you feed upon Godís Word, God backs up the truths of His word with His Holy Spirit grace, strength and power (2 Peter 1:2-4).

Third, you keep from sinning by seeking the fellowship of Christians by being weekly and regularly active in your church. The purpose of church is not to get saved because you cannot be any more saved than you already are. The purpose of church is for us to strengthen and encourage one another to walk in and obey the Lord. Hebrews 10:24-25 states,

"And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near."

Finally, we keep from sinning by daily drawing upon Jesus Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to not sin. You do this by whenever you are hit with temptation, you fall on your knees and cry to Jesus for His Holy Spirit grace, strength and power to overcome temptation. Jesus promises in His word in 1 Corinthians 10:12-13,

"Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it."

2 Thessalonians 3:3 states "But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one"

If you do sin, immediately confess it to God and thank Him for His forgiveness according to His promise in 1 John 1:9 which states "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." The moment you confess your sin Godís forgiveness is an automatic fact! You must accept this by faith, not as a feeling. Feelings are an organ of the soul, not the spirit. The promise of Godís Word is our authority for what is true, not our feelings, so ignore your feelings and thank God For forgiving you and go on! Ask Him to refill you with His Holy Spirit, retake control of Your life and continue to lead you into His will and plan for Your life according to His command in Ephesians 5:18; then thank Him that it is done according to His promise in 1 John 5:14-15,

"And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit." (Eph 5:18)

"And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him" (1 John 5:14-15)

Some days you may need to do this 200 times. Hopefully most days a lot less, lol. The important thing is the moment you recognize you have sinned confess it to God, receive by faith His forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9 and go on. It is important that the moment you are aware of sin in your life that you immediately repent and confess the sin to Jesus. If you do not, your sin will block you in your relationship with God and in your ability to hear his voice. It will also block you from being able to release your faith in God. Note the following passages:

"He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion." (Prov 28:13)

"He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, and the rod of his fury will perish." (Proverbs 22:8)

"Behold, Yehovahís hand is not so short that it cannot save; neither is His-ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear." (Isaiah 59:1-2)

As you can see from these verses it is very important that we do not allow sin to remain in our lives any longer than it takes to confess and repent of it to God. Once you have confessed your sins to Jesus, thank Him for His forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9. ask Him to refill you with His Holy Spirit, retake control of Your life and continue to lead you into His will and plan for your life according to Ephesians 5:18 and go on.

Please feel free to call me if you have any other questions on the above material or concerning any other subject. Iím your brother in the Lord, and I care about what concerns you and your needs. Please give me the blessing of being able to be a help to you if I can.

Sincerely yours, in Jesus,

Dale P. Kruse

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