This is pretty good Mike. I took some of your words and framed an outline so I could better remember each point, hope I got them all:
Christian authenticity, then, is a set of marks of genuineness. Christ said that we can tell false Christians from real Christians by their fruit.
Those who are truly Born Again, the regenerate, are new creations. They are spiritually alive whereas before their new birth they were spiritually dead.
The Psalmist in these passages is telling us that his love for God is an ever consuming thirst. He is so in love with God that there is not one person or one thing he desires except God. That is the essence of a regenerate heart.
A genuinely Born Again believer, since they are regenerate, will be walking in repentance.
A regenerate heart will have Genuine Humility growing and displacing pride as it matures.
Humility grows only in a broken, contrite heart, a heart that is tender towards God.
A genuine, Born Again believer is humble and serves God for His glory alone
A Spirit-led believer becomes that way and stays that way because he or she is devoted to continual prayer.
On the other hand, those who are growing in grace will not seek their own, but always seek the best for their brethren.
Many teach these days that it’s okay for believers to be worldly. They can go to bars, get drunk, carouse, and act just like the world. However, a genuine Christian will be growing in separation from the world
Genuine believers will be growing spiritually. They will be maturing. They will not simply be religious.
The last attribute of a genuine believer is obedient living. This one really steams some professing believers, but it is a major indicator of a regenerate heart.
Those who protest that obedient living isn’t part of a genuine Christian life do not know their Bibles nor do they understand this magnificent salvation we have. For those who are genuinely saved will also be radically changed.
by Mike Ratliff
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and…
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