How far are you will to go? How much are you willing to sacrifice? Are you willing to sacrifice the pleasures of this world and follow him? Are you willing to sacrifice your life on His behalf?
Yes, I should talk about those who haven't received Christ yet but, what of you who says you've received Jesus, what is your stand? Are you really sincere? Let's say you were sincere, how are you living this new life? Are you really committed do His will? Or are you still struggling with sin?
Surely you can drop every sin, but every man has a weak point where Satan uses against him, have you discovered your Achilles's heel and fought against it with the word of God, how many times do you feed on God's word per day? Because, we should know that it is not in our power to overcome sin, our power to overcome comes from the delivery power of God's word in us. That is; Christ in us, because He is the word of God.
In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God, The same was in the beginning with God, all things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made, in Him was life. ( in the sentences the word " word " was expressed, replace them with Jesus and understand it better ).
This is a spiritual age and those who worship God must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Being born again is not just a declaration, you've confessed, fine, but what have you done to defend your faith, are you still living in sin, rising and falling, saying:
" Eh... Is by his grace, he'll understand."
" Shall man continue in sin that grace may abound."
And anyone who is born of God does not sin, because His seed remains in him. This seed is the gospel, the word of God sown in a man's heart, when a seed has been sown, it has to be nurtured to grow into a tree. Been committed to live for Jesus always, this tree matures and bears fruits of the holy spirit.
Salvation is total commitment to Jesus, if you truly want to follow Jesus, you don't just stop at been born again, it's more than that, you need to have a burning desire for the holy spirit, a desire to be baptized in the holy ghost, to be filled with power, to know the mind of God, His purpose and blue print for your life, to hear from Him more distinct and clearly.
Any one born of Christ has the spirit of Christ in him, but that is different from being baptized in the holy ghost, when you're filled with the holy spirit God speaks to you through your heart, and he also reveals Himself to you through other means, but being baptized in the holy ghost, this is a different level, you're transformed into a spiritual being, you operate in the spirit, and then you walk with God, He speaks clearly to your hearing, where He says you go, you go, if He says don't go out, you obey, He guides your every step and tells you the reason.
This is the desire or a true child of God, to have this intimate fellowship with God, to relate with him like He did with man in the garden of Eden, and like He's still doing today to those who have given their all to Him. How do you know you have this desire driven by the holy spirit?
Your desire to listen to the true gospel whenever it's preached, you don't need to ask, the holy spirit tells you which one is true or false, your spirit won't agree with a wrong message because light and darkness can't go together.
You have desire to study is word daily to be more like Him, desire to pray occasionally at all time. Though it takes consistency, for Jesus told his disciples
" Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about." Wait, don't go out until you receives the holy Spirit baptism, for John baptized with water, but in a few days you'll be baptized in the holy ghost."
It is when you have this baptism by fire, you have the holy spirit guiding your every path and putting words in your mouth to speak, you have boldness and courage to proclaim His gospel with power and authority, even in the midst of lions. This was why, though the disciple weren't afraid when they were baptized in the holy spirit, immediately they went out with boldness telling about Jesus.
Let us pray that we'd be given the desire and also guided by the holy spirit to yield our heart in obedience to be baptized in the holy ghost, because it's not just something you pray for, sacrifices are made also in obedience to the dealings of the holy spirit with you. It is the desire of true sons of God, even Jesus said:
" pray that you receive the holy spirit."
Let he that think he's standing, let him stand firm, lest falls. And when we've done everything to stand and have being baptized in the holy spirit, we shall walk with him, you'll hear from Him every day, the day you don't hear from him, you know something's wrong.
How many of you have this desire? I pray God gives us the strength to do what it takes to get that spirit, what a wonderful experience it will be.