* First, the first thing that I would emphasize in becoming a better you is You have to die in yourself.
Ok!, don’t misquote me keep on reading…. yes! you have to die, because without dying to yourself it is hard to start from a life that you have already live, you may find it unnecessary or it is not like it. Matthew 10:39 “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” It is clear that you have to lose or die the life you have so that in return you can have the true life.
Well then! How do we do this? it is so simple, 2 Corinthians 4:11 “For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” By giving your life daily onto Christ then the process of what we want is started and follow him which He emphasized Like 9:23 “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
In my very life, I experienced and still experiencing it, the principle that I introduced above. Sadly, in my life God let me undergo my disability and pains that He may win me, to this point I didn’t blame God for letting me become lame it is worth it to be this. I explain, I am persuaded that I am chosen by God to become his servant to carry His Word to others. Isaiah 44:2 “Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.” but since I became aware of myself I live for myself only and I sensed before that God is calling me but I didn’t pay any attention to Him and I live a life that, now I know God hates, please me even to deceive myself, I did. but God chose me and love me badly, so He let Satan buffeted me and the result is my current situation known as young stroke, yes to a point of view I am suffering with this disability but deep inside I am grateful because I knew God loves me. I didn’t kill myself, Satan did, so I recovered from all the doubts and insecurities that came to me while I am in the hospital and I begin to sense the true meaning of life. But as I continued my life, I gone to High School and graduated then I proceed to College for 2 yrs and graduated in a 2-year vocational, and the pride of life was creeping gently trying to imprison me. But as the Lord Jesus implied that I have to die daily to him so that I could live life to the fullest and gain it when I lose my life for him. So I did die in him daily, by meditating in his word, listening to him, living for him, caring for the things that would displease Him that I avoid, and of course knowing that I am a child of God. John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:“. Most of all, I receive him as my Savior and Lord, and believing on His name and doing His will for my life, for I will not know in how to act as a person if I don’t know why I am, in the first place, PERSON. We have to consult the creator and ask why I am here or go to the manual(bible), for even we can’t know how to use any inventions of human if we don’t ask the inventor of it or read the manual, right?. So as our first step, did you receive and believe in Jesus(Yeshua) Christ? If not! boy you are in big trouble and you may find it hard to follow all the principles and philosophies in this site. I am not saying that you have to suffer pain or any circumstances to prove anything and then follow and obey God but God is loving that Acts 17:30 “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:“. If you want to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, please pray this prayer with all your heart: Dear Lord, I am a sinner. I violated your standard and I am deserving to be separated to You, Holy God, but because of Your great love You gave Jesus Christ Your Son that gave His life for me so that You and I have this union again…. I confess in my mouth that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
Dear friend if you prayed this prayer with all your heart, welcome to God’s family, your are saved and freed. God bless you may God help you grow. If it is ok for you pls. let me know.
Romans 6:6-8Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Second, after those things the next step that I would emphasize to become a better you is knowing the things that you would do before you do it.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
The argument is “Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him” knowing that you died in yourself, you should start to ponder how would you live as a new being, forget the past and focus straight ahead.
Once I was bedridden for a couple of months, I always reaching out for the Bible along the side of the bed which my grandmother placed. I read through the New Testament first, then after through the Old Testament. God open the eyes of my heart gradually, with an earnest heart I understand that man lives not just to live for himself. The Old Testament is so vague and full of mysteries, it mostly talk about the great standard of God, His prophets, His prophesies, His promises and lots more interesting stuffs. But as I recalled the New Testament it displays how God is good to the people, it mostly reveals His great love towards men. But the sad part, in the book of revelation the judgment of God to satan and together with the rebellious people is highlighted.
Mostly, the writings is giving us the ways that we suppose to live. Giving us a pattern how should I child of God behave. Knowing that Christ saved us from the wrath to come. It is clear that as a child of God, we must sanctify our-self for Him that called us, to become peculiar to others that don’t know the truth so in return they may be blessed and turn from their wicked ways. We must be holy for He is holy, God hates and admonish every form of evil. This is for our own good, God is not selfish that He just wants to rule us but He wants us to live to the highest and meaningful life. It is quoted that our life here on earth is just a small parenthesis compared to eternity without end. We are just rehearsing here on earth and applying for eternity but this seems become impractically in most people now a days well deceived by Satan. Though we are in God’s mind beforehand, preparing for our conception, making the greatest plan for each life. But God also give us the WILL to choose from His PLAN in mankind or choose the wicked plan of SATAN.
People forget that here on earth there is a spiritual battle going on, and it mostly ignored by people. There is only two entity, God and Satan, battling for the lives of the people. It turn out that people help unconsciously Satan win, God thu powerful, will not enforce His authority because it will negate His Justice so instead God gives us option and chance to choose. God or Satan? If you are for God you are against Satan and if you are for Satan you are against God, there is no middle ground we are at war. Now how this things affect us individually?
This thing has a great impact in life, especially when we discover that our life here on Earth has little scale of longevity compare to our life eternally. Your mindset will be shifted differently, the way you act, speak, think and even everything that is concerned in life.
2 Corinthians 4:18
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
By this mindset we alter our perspective in life, by this concept in life we shifted on things eternal, we tend to precious our time doing what would affect eternity. We live our lives before we become dead to the extent of fulfilling the desire of our heart to gain the things of the world, but as God opens our eyes to see the unseen we shift our focus on the things unseen and knowing its value which will surely last we filled with hope, faith and love to continue to reach the things that we believe before to futile and nonsense but by the inspiration of God we are glad to live all because of the glory that awaits us.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Wow! if we continue in storing things eternal in our lives here on earth we imagine how would be amused of the things to come, claiming the treasure that I invested here on earth, to be frank I am far more excited of this. Then how could we achieve this thing, let’s ask Jesus…..
Matthew 6: 20
Jesus said: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Luke 18: 22
Jesus added: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
You may think, it is difficult to do so! even in selling the goods and give already unimaginable, right? how much more to follow him?
But we can achieve this simply. That’s why we need to die in Him so that we would be able to do so. As I implied above if we lose our life for Him, we actually gain life that’s how God works,,,, mind bugling, that’s why until now, some scientist who are atheist, are still perplexed in all things, good luck to them.
So the first step we do to achieve this is die…………
I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
then next is
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
The fact is, we are doing things for Christ if we thoroughly deny or die to our self. It is then we do things peculiar to others, and we are not doing this for a day but daily and make it forever. Amen
Finally, After we have established our foundation, and knowing to do while we are still here on earth. We go to the most exciting part.
1 Peter 1: 4-11
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
After dying in Christ and following Him, it is not just there for the thing that we do for Christ, laying treasure in heaven will be given onto you. As we do these peculiar things in life, showing love, and living for God thoroughly…. our Father in heaven is prepared this treasures for you.
We are promised of an inheritance far greater than what we can imagine, so we prepare for this thing, that shoulb be the top priority in our life and because of this we are sober and
1 Peter 1: 14-16
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
My friend this things are serious and it needs your greater attention above all, it may it seem to be so unconvincing and difficult, and even orthodox I urge you to continue for:
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Don’t you worry because,
2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (note that by the Spirit of the Lord)
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
most of all,
2 Chronicles 20:17
.Ye shall not need to fight in this battle:…..
1 Samuel 17:47
…. the battle is the LORD’s…
What should we do then?
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Psalm 46: 10
Be still, and know that I am God:
Now my friend, there are more to say but I want you to discover it by yourself with God. I love you and God bless…………………. feel free to ask.