How To Produce Evidence Of Your New Life

Anyone who is called a believer (because he agrees that Jesus Christ died for him), must show evidence of his New Life. Without that evidence, a believer should pause and ask himself a pertinent question: “Am I a genuine follower of Christ?” There must be evidence of an incremental change.

How To Produce Evidence Of Your New Life

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Our Father has one over-riding desire for sending Jesus Christ to the world. It is so that Jesus will shed His precious blood as an atonement for the sins of the world. And by so doing, give those who believe that He died for them a New Life.

The Bible, in 2 Corinthians 5:17, says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Apostle Paul also refers to that same process in Romans 6:4. “Therefore,” he writes, “we were buried with Him (Jesus Christ) through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

So, anyone who is called a believer (because he agrees that Jesus Christ died for him), must show evidence of his New Life. Without that evidence, a believer should pause and ask himself a pertinent question: “Am I a genuine follower of Christ?”

This point was made clearer in 2 Peter 1:1-11:

1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

2 grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,

7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;

11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“Brother Emmanuel-Sunny,” someone says, “if I understand what you’re saying, a believer’s life must show evidence that something has changed in him. Am I correct?”

Yes, you are. But that is where the problem lies for many believers. When he takes a step of faith, and confesses openly that he’s giving his life to Jesus Christ, he means it at that very moment.

A lot has taken place in his mind before he steps out into the open and declares: “I’m for Christ.” He must have been convicted by the Holy Spirit that he is a sinner. And that he wants to do away with his old ways of living; be born again, and start walking in the newness of life.

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But then there comes a big challenge. How does he dispense with his old ways and acquire New Life? That is the question that has confronted every believer who has ever given his life to Christ.

The transition from old to new is not easy. For many believers, unfortunately, this transition takes forever. But it ought not be so. First, a new believer must realize that taking on a new life is not an overnight trip. It’s a gradual journey, one that could, for many of us, take a lifetime.

But the most important thing is that there must be evidence of an incremental change. Marketers have a yardstick for measuring such a change. They call it, BEFORE and AFTER proof.

BEFORE stands for the condition of a thing before the application of a marketer’s recommended solution to the problem. And an AFTER is the condition of that same thing after the solution was applied.

If a believer adopts the same method after inviting Jesus Christ into his life, he also will be able to produce evidence of New Life. First, to himself and then, to the world.

“And how do I go about doing that?” someone wants to know.

Step 1 is: Get a Bible, study it and discover Who GOD is

After conversion, the first thing you’re to do is to get a Bible and immerse yourself in it. That way, you will come to know who GOD is and build a lasting relationship with Him. At this point you need a good teacher, someone who will be your guide (see Acts 8:26-40).

Next, you need a church where you will worship GOD with other saints (see Hebrews 10:24-25). A note of warning is appropriate here. Make sure that the church you affiliate with believes the undiluted Word of GOD, teaches it and does it.

But, don’t end up making the same mistake I made in 1974 when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. In my effort to join a “perfect church,” I backslid because I couldn’t find one.

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Almost 20 years later when I rededicated my life to Christ, I wasn’t looking for a perfect church anymore. I was, instead, looking for a church where the Word of GOD is preached and taught; and where, transparently, the shepherd is doing what the Bible says.

Note that I said, “the shepherd.” The reason is that, apart from a shepherd being accountable to GOD, with a strong warning against misleading those he’s sent to lead (see Matthew 18:16), believers in a congregation are at various stages of maturity. So, you cannot form your opinion of a group of people on the action of a few of them.

The key to your success, therefore, is to follow the example of the Bereans as recorded in Acts 17:10-12.

Step 2: Believe that the Word of GOD is the truth and start acting on it

You will discover, as I did, that unless you believe that what you are reading in the Bible is GOD’s Word, and that it is the truth, a “new you” will never emerge.

For years, I did what many other Christians that I had fellowship with did. I studied the Bible occasionally; wrote down messages that were delivered from the pulpit, and crammed inspiring passages into my head because they promised me what I would love my Father to do for me.

I even turned some of those passages into prayers, only to get disappointed, as many Christians do, if those prayers are not answered.

The reason for our frustration is that we neither sincerely believe what GOD says in His Word, as we often claim we do; nor do we act on it. And, if we don’t do the two together consistently, we can never get the result that we desire.

There’s a chorus that we sing in church that captures the essence of what I am saying should be our approach to the Word of GOD. It says: “GOD said it. I believe it. And that settles it.” Once we believe it, the only valid evidence that we believe it is that we immediately start to do what that Word says.

For example, when, in Genesis 12:1 GOD told Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you,” the Bible simply recorded that “Abram departed….” (verse 4).

What did you imagine made Abram to act promptly? He believed GOD (see Hebrews 11:6). And because he did, he obeyed Him. His obedience naturally motivated him to do what GOD said.

That is how every believer ought to respond to the Word of GOD in order to activate the promises of GOD.

Step 3: Do this consistently and your New Life will start emerging

Consistency is key in this process. Doing steps one and two for a brief period, and abandoning them after a while, will lead to frustration. You must do them continuously.

When you are consistent, what only you know that you are doing will, over time, become obvious to everyone you meet. People will realize that you have a relationship with GOD. And that you’re His child; a disciple of Jesus Christ.

If you find yourself still trying to tell someone that you’re a Christian, you’re not there yet. Your words and your actions should be the only barometer for measuring how much of a Christian you are. Not by your saying so.

Step 4: Be warned … it’s not an overnight journey!

I said this before. And it bears repeating: don’t be in a desperate hurry to prove to anyone who you are in Christ. Rather, first concentrate on proving it to your Father, Who searches your heart (see Jeremiah 17:10), and your Master, Jesus Christ.

“How could you do that,” you ask? Very simple. Remember that, now, you are a genuine believer. Which means you now believe every Word of GOD in the Bible and doing them.

And you must have read (or should have read) in John 14:23 where, Jesus speaking, said: If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

It then follows that you would’ve, in obedience, started to act on what you’ve just read in that passage; that GOD, the Father, and Jesus Christ, your Lord and Saviour, are now residing in you, because that is what the Bible says, and you believe it.

It means that wherever you go, whether you are alone or with people, They are with you. The only time They will not be with you is when you commit sin. For, as Isaiah 59:1-3 tells us, our sins separate us from GOD.

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So, having lived all your life as an enemy of your Creator (see James 4:4), doing the things He was opposed to, and egged on by Satan, your Maker’s arch-enemy; making a complete turnaround overnight is not easy. You shouldn’t even try it. But consistently continue to make small changes, one day at a time.

Ensure that each time you come across an instruction or a commandment in the Bible, you take note of it. Your intention for doing so is to either stop doing the thing or start doing it, depending on what the instruction or commandment is.

For example, in 2 Corinthians 12:20-21, Apostle Paul, writing to the believers in Corinth, remonstrates with them, saying: “For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults;

“Lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced.”

Here are some behaviors the Bible is instructing believers not to engage in. When you come across such passages, you should pause, meditate on the dos and the don’ts, and mark them with a marker. After that, you should ask yourself, “Which of these things am I doing and which ones am I not doing?”

Once you’ve answered the question, you’ll take note of the things, in case they are more than one, and decide to either start doing or stop doing them. Of course, you cannot do it on your own. You need the help of the Holy Spirit (see John 14:26).

Let me forewarn you. The Holy Spirit will not serve as your enforcer. His role is to draw your attention to what you told Him you have decided to do. It’s your own responsibility to do that thing, whatever it is.

If you’re serious in your decision to stop doing (or start doing) the thing, as soon as the Holy Spirit reminds you, you will thank Him for bringing it to your attention and, without hesitation, make amends.

When I started to follow this plan, I discovered that I was doing away with many things I used to do, and embracing a lot of things I should be doing that I wasn’t. I am not close to my destination. But, slowly and steadily, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, I’m marching on.

When I miss it, as is often the case with many believers who have genuinely made the decision not to go back to the ways of the world, I repent immediately, asking for mercy, just as 1 John 1:9 instructs believers to do; and move on in my journey.

The key is that you must be determined not to return to your vomit. Over time you, like the marketer, will be able to produce your own BEFORE and AFTER result. And, when you do, unbelievers will see that undeniable proof and be attracted to Jesus Christ.

The good thing about this proof is that no one can fake it. It is always transparent. And contagious. And this is the outcome that I pray will become your testimony as you commit to this way of living from today. In Jesus Precious Name. Amen.

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