TODAY’S MEDITATION – Being saved does not necessarily mean you are converted (James 4:8)

There is a great misunderstanding among Christians about being “saved” and being “converted”. My brother, my sister, the Bible says ” For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-10). In other words, you do nothing for you to be saved, apart from making the decision to accept Christ as your Lord and Saviour… and the Lord offers you His salvation. Now, here lies the main issue: you could have given your life to the Lord 20 years ago, but you are still not be converted, if your conversion is visible! Yes, my friend, when the Holy Spirit dwells in you, you change: your former desires no longer entice you, for now your main aim is to please God. The sad truth about Christianity today is that many people are still not converted, because their heart still conceal the same fleshy desires they had when in the world. This is not happening because they do not read the Word of God and they do not let the Spirit of God change them whenever the Spirit convinces them of their sins. So today, bear in mind that, your conversion is not by grace through faith! It comes as a process, day after day, years after years… How? The answer is in the Word. We have become heirs of this prophecy: “‘As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,’ says the Lord.” (Isaiah 59:21). My friend, know that if you are true Christian, you are able to respond to God’s will and distinguish between good and evil because the Holy Spirit dwells within you, to remind you of the teachings of Christ that you must follow (John 14:26), to make you do the will of God in order for His purpose to be fulfilled in your life (Philippians 2:13) and to become mature and distinguish good from evil (Hebrews 5:14). My friend, unless you draw near to the Lord after accepting Him, you will remain double-minded (James 4:8), not to say unconverted, because you can only be converted near Him, just like a child can be educated only by the person he lives with, for he learns everyday from that person by listening to that parent, by doing what he sees that parent do! Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [facebook] [retweet]