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October 17, 2017, 5:02 PM

Life changing Experience to be a Christian

When one becomes a Christian, there are obvious lifestyle changes that occur some voluntary and others involuntary. Voluntarily we start striving to live a life of faith to please God. Because the Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please Him. What does that mean? Simply that we now start to look to God for things that we had previously depended on from ourselves and others. Once we have become a Christian there are some things in our lives that we no longer have a desire to do, some places we no longer desire to go, and some people that we no longer desire to be around, "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”. 1 Corinthians 13:11 But the question “Does becoming a Christian require a change in your lifestyle?” The answer is simply yes. Does that mean now your life should be boring and mundane? Does that mean you should walk around as if you have a halo over your head and wings on your back? Or that you should be judgmental of everyone you meet because they are not conforming to your set of beliefs and adhering to the same standard that you do? No! What it means is you are living a life that is pleasing to God you are not living a life devoid of God but one that has put Him at the front, center and rear of everything that you do, think and say. Once you start to do those things your whole lifestyle changes involuntarily.

In the Book of 2 Corinthians Paul reminds us that "Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." So if being in Christ ( Christian) all things have become new 2 cor. 5:17 this could only conclude that ones life style has also become new. That means no matter how terrible, miserable or depressed your old life style was, now it has been erased and you can start all over. You can now begin to build on the life that you really want to have.

Many times we are led to believe that you have to stop doing this, and stop doing that, but the Bible is very clear on the things that are unpleasing to God, the things that are sin.. "sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. “Gal. 5:20-21 Now if your lifestyle includes those things you definitely need to change them.  The idea that you have to stop everything in life except attending church services and Bible study, is not what it means to be a Christian.  It doesn't mean that you cannot attend certain entertaining events, watch certain movies or listen to anything other than Gospel music and Hymns.  Once you become a Christian you will be building a relationship with God and you will know by the leading of the Holy Spirit what things to omit in your life and what things to retain.

Barbara Smitherman, is an ordained minister and pastor.  she is also the author of "Engaging the Sons of Darkness", "Does the Bible really say Women can't Preach", and "The Symbolic language of the Bible."

· Engaging the Sons of Darkness (9781606960110): Barbara Smitherman: Books Engaging the Sons of Darkness (9781606960110): Barbara Smitherman: Books

·         Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center - McAlester Oklahoma

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