Those who have surrendered themselves to Jesus Christ and have received the Holy Spirit as their residential and constant companion, only those can legitimately call themselves Christian. If that is not you, please go to my website, pray the prayer you find there, and believe you receive God as your Father.
www.martydelmon.com or www.martydelmon.fr
When the church is trying to introduce people to Jesus Christ, we must be careful. We have been so glib about having people say the sinner’s prayer, and then whooping and hollering about a new member in the Body of Christ. Anybody can say words, repeating them after someone else, or reading them from a script, but that does not make them a Christian. It takes surrender. A Christian is someone who has given his or her life to Jesus Christ so that they no longer belong to themselves, they belong to the Lord. They live for the Lord; they don’t live for themselves. They do His will, not their own. Christianity is not lip service; it is life service.
Sometimes the promises of God, for which we are waiting to manifest in our lives, come to us in part. We, while disappointed, want to give God the benefit of the doubt, and we say “Well, maybe that’s all God really meant by that promise. He spoke in larger terms, but the results are miniscule.” We say these kinds of things out of our reason. The reality is that only a part has appeared, but the whole will soon arrive. Never dismiss what God has said because so far it doesn’t fit your expectation. God always, and I mean always, does what He says. Patience is not the same as endurance. To endure means to “grit your teeth and wait.” To be patient means to “humble yourself with flaming love and wait for God’s perfect timing.”
I say “flaming love” because we can stand in humility before the Word of God, but the flaming love of humility is to stand before the God who spoke the Word. Ardently loving Him is far more important than standing on His Word. Both are essential, but love always comes first. All the promises of God belong to us, but we can’t “have” them until we are intensely wrapped up in God. When we can let go of how we think things ought to happen—at what time the promise should arrive—when we can let go of our faith in our own feelings, when there is no sense of deserving, when we have done business with God on His Word, and let go completely, then we receive. It comes so naturally that it seems like breathing. God and His ways do not produce histrionics. There’s no drama. There’s just the Kingdom of God settling deeper into our lives with peace and joy.
Writing has been in my blood, so to speak, but when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and He told me to write, all my trepidations rolled away and I began in earnest! After all, if God Almighty says it was His idea that I be a writer, who am I to stand in His way? My hope is that you not only like what I write, but that your life is moved by it, and that your party to Jesus and with Jesus turns your life into days of Heaven on Earth.