SEPTEMBER 24
   
Today's Bible Readings
     II Samuel 20
     II Corinthians 13
     Ezekiel 27
     Psalms 75-76
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
      ''Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Prove yourselves. Do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you? - unless indeed you are disqualified." (II Corinthians 13:5)
 
YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TEST
      I speak with so many people who, when questioned about their salvation, will respond with answers like, ''I really believe I am saved'', ''I think I made that commitment to Christ as a child'', ''I hope that I am a Christian'', etc.
Salvation is more than fire insurance or an escape hatch from Hell. There are many people today resting in a false security for their salvation. They are looking for such things as church membership, baptism, the sacraments, moral living, good works, and many other things for their security.
      Our memory verse exhorts us to take a test. You must be examined today by the Word of God. Let's take a look, together, into the spiritual mirror of the Word of God. It is essential that you know you are saved. If you can have it and not know it, you can lose it and never miss it. Are you ready for the test?
      In I John, God has given us several examinations whereby we can know, without a shadow of a doubt, that we have been saved.
1.     The test of commitment to Christ and Christ alone. These things I have written to you who believe in thename of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God." (I John 5:13) This is your spiritual birth certificate if you have experienced Christ and Christ alone as your Savior.
2.     The test of a changed life. The Bible says that when you become a child of God, you become a new creation.  I have a friend who just received a stem cell transplant from her brother. She is doing well, and they tell me she has a completely new DNA. When Jesus comes into your life, you will have a new spiritual DNA, and you will be recognized as a new creation in Christ by the way you live.
3.     The test of your attitude toward the Word of God. ''Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments." (I John 2:3) This means that you will love, respect, adhere to, and follow after the written Word of God.
4.     The test of your attitude toward the world. ''Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (I John 2:15) When a man experiences salvation, he does not lose the old nature, but he is given a new nature, and he will constantly be convicted concerning the things of the world.
5.     The test of your attitude toward sin. ''Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. I John 2:1 is proof that the Christian is capable of sin, but he is not capable of the habitual practice of sin. It is not that we are ''not able'' to sin, but that we are ''able not'' to sin through the power of Christ in us.
      As you examine yourself in the spiritual mirror of the Word of God, you have that glorious assurance today that you have been saved, and that you are indeed a Child of God. If not, you must now repent; that is, turn away from everything in your life known to be sin, and believethat Jesus Christ is who He said He was, and will do what He said He would do. Then you are to confessthat He is the Lord of your life. It is God's will that you live your life, not only as a believer, but knowingthat you belong to Him.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
Some of the greatest work being done to reach out to a lost world is through Christian radio.  There are dozens of Evangelical agencies involved in international and local broadcasting outside of North America. The volume and variety of broadcasting is now huge: in the year 2000 international Christian broadcasting by these agencies attained 5,500 hours a week in 565 languages. Pray for organizations like HCJB, TWR, and others that are making a difference through Christian radio.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''Nosermon is ever quite a success which leaves men satisfied with themselves."
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