1 John 4:15 (KJV) Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
John is talking about a lifetime confession here. He is talking about a change of heart, which brings about a change in the way we live. When this change is made within our heart and life, then and only then is there a joining together of ourselves with God. This union can only come about because of what Jesus did at the cross.
(Read 1 John 4:9)
Luke 9:23 (KJV) And he said to them all, If an man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Here we find out what it takes to be a disciple. What did Jesus mean when He said “deny oneself”? He was talking about denying our own willpower, our self-will, and our own strength and ability. We need to depend totally on Jesus Christ. We need to lean toward and have faith in what Jesus accomplished on the cross. We must strive to do this on a daily basis, for our enemy, the devil, is constantly trying to move us away from the cross. He knows when we stop having faith in what Jesus did on the cross, that he can and will be able to defeat us. Look ever toward the victory provided at Calvary!
(Read 1 Corinthians 1:17–18)
Matthew 10:37 (KJV) He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Jesus must come first in our lives, in all things that we do. If we have anything or anyone else in our lives, in a place greater than God is, then we are not worthy of Him. Let us take time right now to make sure that God has His proper place in our hearts and lives.
(Read Matthew 16:24)
1 John 5:1 (KJV) Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
The word “believeth” is referring to our heart accepting that Jesus Christ died in our place on Calvary’s cruel cross. He did it because He loves us. We are also reminded that we should love all of God’s children.
(Read John 1:12)
Hebrews 12:9 (KJV) Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
Do we give God as much reverence as we do our earthly parents? We should be doing this, and much more. We need to remember that He is our eternal Heavenly Father, and He deserves so much more than we give Him.
(Read 2 Peter 1:4)
Romans 6:17-18 (KJV) (17) But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. (18) Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
We were once slaves to the sin nature. That was before we were saved. But, when we heard about Jesus and Him being crucified, we became children of God. This doctrine of being saved by the blood was first given to the Apostle Paul, who then gave it to us through the Epistles he wrote. Jesus set us free from the sin nature. As long as we continue to have faith in what was done at Calvary, the sin nature no longer has power over us. Because of that faith, we are now slaves to righteousness, and are constantly pulled toward it.
(Read 1 Peter 4:2)
Luke 17:15 (KJV) And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
Ten men were healed in this potion of Scripture. Out of the ten, only one of them returned to the Lord to thank Him. We should remember to thank and praise the Lord when He does something special for us. But, it should not stop there. We should be doing it on a continual basis.
(Read Matthew 15:31)