Day 31: Confession of Belief

If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Paul the Apostle(as recorded in Romans 10:9, NIV)

The next step in changing our life for God according to His plan of salvation is our confession of our belief that Jesus is Lord. This is a critical element in salvation. If we are to be Christians, we not only must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for our sins and rose again and that He is, therefore, our Lord and master - but we must also be willing to freely confess these very things before men. We also must be willing to go beyond mere lip service of stating our belief and actually live like we believe. Change of this magnitude requires tremendous effort... but eternity in Heaven is worth it! So, too, is the quality of life on earth that such a change will surely bring.

Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness. II Timothy 2:19, NIV

Day 32: Repentance that Leads to Salvation

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Acts 2:37-38, NIV

The next step in changing your life for Christ is a word that means change: Repentance. Repentance is not just feeling sorry for your sins, it is a literal change of direction. It's is akin to a U turn in that you were going in one direction, but then turned around to go in the opposite direction. This is what we do when we repent. Instead of heading in a direction that leads to destruction, we turn and go towards God. Repentance, then, is a complete change of life. Too many people decide that they can follow Christ and yet remain in sin, but nothing could be farther from the truth. If you want to change your life for God, then you really will have to repent and that means leaving your life of sin.

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

II Corinthians 7:10, NIV

Day 34: Just Do It

"Just do it"  Nike logo - one of the most effective marketing phrases in the history of advertising.

One of the ways that you will know that your life has changed for God is that you begin to actually do what He says to do. Most people really don't have that much difficulty in figuring out what God's word says - it's the compliance part that they have trouble with. God has really commanded us to do certain things, and He didn't give those commandments just to fill space in a book: He expects us to obey. When this fact finally registers with us and we "just do it", our lives change. And, this change is for the better.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22, NIV

Day 33: Baptism

With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized. The Apostle Peter (Acts 2:40-41, NIV)

The next step as revealed in God's plan of salvation is to be baptized. Perhaps no other command has been more misunderstood, or more resisted. Men try to explain the command away, they try to change its meaning, they ignore it, and sometimes they just flat out deny it. Regardless, the word of God clearly reveals the necessity of baptism. To deny any step in God's plan (be it grace, the shed blood of Jesus, faith or baptism) is to deny the entire plan. It is by accepting each command of God that we come to be saved, and salvation is the ultimate motivation of changing your life for God.  Are you saved? Are you sure?

This water represents baptism that now saves you also - not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience towards God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I Peter 3:21, NIV

Day 35: Discipline

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

The next critical step in changing you life for God is discipline. Discipline is what will prompt you to continue to serve God, even when you don't feel like doing so. Discipline is one of the greatest motivational tools known to man, when used properly. Discipline will cause you to read God's word with purpose. It will cause you to worship more faithfully and to pray more frequently. Discipline will, in all probability, be the difference between whether you will really change your life for God, or merely wish you had.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7, NIV