Devotional: Keep Striving For Christ

Let’s start off with Ezekiel 36:26-27,

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”

When you gave your life to Jesus, you were automatically transformed from dead to living. You rose up from your own grave and left behind all what the world offers and what it comes with. God tells Ezekiel, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.” He doesn’t cleanse a person from their sinful lives just for them to continue living that way. God CLEANSES and TRANSFORMS people from their sinful nature, so we can WALK OUT our God given purpose in a newness of life.

Because the Holy Spirit has poured the love of God into our lives, we are able to progress in holiness and purity for the rest of our lives. We have to remember, God didn’t create us for us to live for ourselves, He created us so we could live for Him. God says He will cause us to walk in His statutes, and we will keep His judgments and DO them.

Although, I am convinced if there is anybody out there who is walking with Christ with no problems, no trials or tribulations, you are probably not furthering your relationship with our Father. A leader of mine once told me,

“Another level, another devil.”

 Instead, the enemy may have you right where he wants you. Not spiritually maturing and NOT growing. It takes testing of your faith to become more Christ-like. When Jesus was on earth, Satan tempted Him countless times, and He suffered tremendously, but He came out victorious, just like we do because of Him.

Romans 5:3-4 says, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope.” If you aren’t suffering for Christ, whom are you suffering for?

Yes, our walk with Christ can be lonely, frustrating, and troublesome. I don’t know how many times I’ve stayed up in the late night hours, hysterically crying to Jesus to come and take it all away. But Jesus saves. We live in a twisted and broken generation, ruled by Satan himself. We left the life we used to live being under Satan’s authority, and currently stand with Jesus, being a huge target to the enemy (the more you practice your faith). Can you imagine how hard it is to share such truth in a time and place that we now live in? Persecution is a promise; it’s the fruit of living godly, and walking out your destiny. So rejoice!

John chapter 1 says, “And the word became flesh...” We must live like what we say we know! If you know the word of God, start living it. I encourage each and every one of you to start living the way God has called us to live, so we can all walk out our destiny for our Father and glorify Him for all He does. Are you willing to deny yourself, pick up your cross, and follow Jesus even when it may seem impossible to you? The real question here is, are you willing to sacrifice it all for the One who sacrificed it all for you?

“And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed.” -1 Peter 3:13-14

Written by Alexandra Alonzo