October 16, 2017

Seeking his face

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart," Jeremiah 29:13.

Have you done that ...yet?

Or did you just "pray a prayer" and do you think you have found God?

If so, how long did that prayer take?

Less than a minute?

Probably.

Is that what you would consider seeking God with "all" your heart?

Do you know God?

If so, then you know perfect love, and perfect love does what?

It casts out fear (I John 4:18).

Do you fear?

If so, then you do not know perfect love, or in other words, God.

That is what the Word says, right?

To believe in the Word, and thus Jesus, then you do the Word, and NOT of your own power.

Obedience is a gift given with that new nature, it (obedience) is not of works that you do.

Otherwise you could "work" your way to perfection, and to not be perfect is to sin, and no one WORKS their way OUT of sin.

Darkness does not dispel darkness.

Jesus, his life, and death, and resurrection, is all worthless if you can WORK your way out of sin.

And once you repent, and are given that new nature, then do YOU think that you KEEP yourself clean, and if so, HOW can that be the case if YOU could do NOTHING in the first place?

Come now, let us REASON together.

No soul, who seeks to know another soul, does that in less than a minute.

Do you say that you love your mate? And if so, does that happen in less than a minute?

Did you, or do you, seek to know your husband?

How hard do you work at that? How much of your heart is in that endeavor? A little bit of you?

Or your whole heart? What do you do with what you know of him? Love or despise?

It will be one or the other.

You will lay down your life for him, or you will connive, cajole, and try to manipulate... always.

Or you will, because of a new heart, love him.... always.

Seek God.

In your sin, seek him. In your lack of peace, seek him. In your hate? Seek him.

Psalm 27:8 tells us that the psalmist says that when the Lord says, Seek me with all your heart," then the psalmist says, I will do that.

If you are NOT seeking the Lord, then you are living life YOUR way.

(You will also be TRYING to love God, and live for him, and you will be failing.)

Salvation does not work like that. It is not about trying. But watch the "Bible studies" talk about that.

And listen to preachers talk about that.

It is rampant.

Jesus came to set people FREE from SIN (Matthew 1:21).

Are you free... from sin?

Do you have the new nature, or do you still have the old one?

One nature sins, and the other does not.

The new nature does not TRY to be good.

The one born of God, and thus has a new heart, has been transformed from darkness (sin) to light.

Along with the new nature is peace, joy, kindness, generosity, a no-holding-grudge heart, and rest.

What defines you?

Who defines you?

How is it that a soul is defined?

Are you seeking?

Are you knocking?

Are you asking the hard questions?

Do it, and you will find, not a way to WORK your way to God, but God.

Jesus leads us to God, and he changes us, and a good tree does NOT produce bad fruit.

Look it up.

Study, my friend.

Seeking his face does not involve a wink and nod at God.

All the heart?

What does that mean to you?

Are you seeking God with ALL your heart?

October 14, 2017

More or Less?

We hear the phrase, "I love you more!" and typically then there is a back and forth about who is loved more, and who is loved less, and the competition rages on until someone gives up, and loses.

But in truth, love is love. Simple and pure. Love is always one way.

It is not more to some, and less to others.

It is kind.

It is patient.

It never seeks its own way, or is puffed up, or acts unseemly.

It never ends.

In your life, do you have someone with whom love has ended?

If you have been given love, then that will never be the case.

The love of God, given to a soul, loves as God loves.

How does God love?

How do you know when you have loved?

Do you know for sure that you love God?

Did you know that you can say it  is so, and it not be so?

Read the Word.

Know that your prayers, even though you may say them every day, are not heard if you sin.

Psalm 66:18 tells us this is so.

In Matthew 7:21-23, we see people who argue with Jesus that they prayed, and used the name of the Lord in doing so, and yet Jesus tells them that they are not known by him, and they do not go to heaven. What are these people missing? What went "wrong" with their supposed conversion?

They did not love God with all their heart, and neither did they love the neighbor as self.

If that happens?

Then the law is fulfilled in a life. They are perfect. Of their own works? Never. It is a gift.

Love is given to a pure heart upon repentance.

The old heart that holds grudges is replaced with a new heart upon repentance.

Have you repented?

How will you know?

You will love, and not more nor less, but you will love.

No one escapes the love that you have in you.

Is that your life? With your spouse, are you kind, always, and gentle, and do you serve him?

With your neighbor, do you avoid them? The one in the ditch? Do you look the other way?

Repent. Be born new. Prayers are not heard by the sinful soul.

Are you really the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus?

I John 2:3 is happening if so.

Not more or less, but always.

October 2, 2017

The rich man, and the poor man

How do you know you are saved?

You share.

Not once, or twice, but you will have a lifestyle of giving to the poor.

The apostle Paul said that remembering the poor was the ONE thing he was eager to do (Gal. 2:10).

Do you eagerly share? Do you go OUT of your way to help the poor beggar? Or do you try to avoid them?  Do you think you must survey them as to why they are poor? Where are we told to do that?

Sit on your wealth, your good food, your stash, and as the poor are begging, and as you walk on by, know this, the rich man in Luke 16:19-31 did the same thing, and went to hell.

Being poor does not mean you go to heaven.

The poor man, Lazarus, ends up there however.

We do NOT know why he was poor. We do NOT know why he hadn't enough money to get good food. We DO know he was covered in sores.

We DO know that the rich man did NOT share of his good food with Lazarus.

He went to hell when he died.

He possessed a selfish heart.

One cannot be made new, and be given a new nature, and continue to live selfishly.

It won't happen.

To whom do you give? Out of your resources, your stash in your checking, or savings account? Do you share it with the poor? Do you think you know of no one who is poor? Do you have eyes to see?

Is your heart NOT moved to give? Are you saying God has not given you anyone with whom to share of your abundance, and yet he gave you a new heart that wants to share, but you can't do it?

Do not mock God. In fact, we are told he cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7).

Those who truly know God will give, and not to be seen, but they will give. And give. And give.

They sow seed. They speak the Word. They give.

And for it they will be hated as was Jesus. For a life of righteousness, Jesus was hated by the religious ones, and many desired him dead.

Do you suffer as did Jesus?

Do religious folks hate you? If so, rejoice for great is your reward in heaven (Matthew 5:12).

Who do you feed? Who needs a crust from your table? Do you ignore the hungry, and needy?

If so, you do so at your eternal peril.

That mindset is a big hint that things are NOT well with your soul.

Examine your heart. We are told to do that in II Corinthians 13:5. Do it. See what you find.

If you are not generous to a fault, then repent.

When you begin to give generously, and if religious people discover it? They will find fault.

But the soul who loves God does not live to please mere man.

That soul just continues to give, and the peace of God flows through them. They rest.

The rich man had NO love for Lazarus, or he WOULD have shared!

With your husband, are you giving, and kind? With your children, and grands, are you generous?

With your friends, do you give, and not keep score?

With the stranger begging on the corner, do you generously hand out a meager $5 or $100 bill?

Come on, sisters, if you love God, examine your heart, and if you are not moved - compelled - to give, then repent of hate. Hate allows you to sit on your stash, and keep it for you.

Love is a force in a redeemed soul that cannot sit on wealth.

Wealth is a relative term. You do not need millions to be wealthy to some people.

Give and it will be given to you. Or keep all that you have and suffer hell.

Which road do you walk?

It will never be the narrow one, and the wide one.

Choose wisely this day, and give, or repent, and then give, or hoard, and go to hell.

Which road do you walk?

If it is the narrow road, then in your wake will be a trail of giving that will take you to heaven.

Are you obedient to the Word?

The evidence is in I John 2:3.

Do you love? Are you giving? Is there going to be evidence later?




September 28, 2017

A $500 betrayal

In today's money, thirty pieces of silver would equal a bit more than $500.

Betrayals happen for a lot less today.

Hate drives betrayal.

It always has, and always will.

So, what do you do with it?

Not the $500, but the betrayal?

Against whom will you hold a grudge for free?

Against whom will you speak evil, and condemn, and refuse love?

To use your faculties in any way against another equals betrayal.

Do YOU do that in any way against another?

It's so easy to do isn't it? For the old nature? Yes.

To the reborn soul, who has been given the new nature?

Not only is it not done, but it would be .... it would betray the new nature.

Can that happen?

What would that take?

When you do the sin that you do, do you turn away from the God you would claim to love...

or do you do it facing the God you would claim to love?

Either way, to sin is to be against, and betray, the God you would claim saved you, and set you free....

from betrayal, and sin, and hate. 

Do you really love God?

If you do, then here is the proof.

I John 2:3.

Betrayal will not happen with those who truly love God.

Lip-service?

Easy. Counts for nothing. So what's the point?

Be quiet. Love. Prove that you have been given the new nature.

If you cannot do that?

Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand - Matthew 4:17.

September 18, 2017

Contentious

Are you contentious?

Quarrelsome?

Do you "tend" toward argument, strife, controversy?

Do you cause it?

If so, then it is in your nature to do so.

If so, then it is indicative of living with the old nature.

I wish someone had told me that when I was living with the old nature, but thought I was new.

"It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a contentious wife."
Proverbs 25:24

To be contentious is to be demanding.

Love does not demand its own way.

See I Corinthians 13.

It is a horrid existence for any man. They would rather live on the roof, if possible, than hear the fuss.

The bitterness. The grouchiness. The always having to state the opposite point of view-ness.

Submit, or be contentious.

Love, or hate.

Repent, and be given the new nature, or live in the old nature, and continue to sin.

One way or the other, and never both.

A good tree produces good fruit, but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. Matthew 7:17

Do you see that contention is evil fruit?

If you argue with your husband, and state your mind, and put your foot down, and override his word?

That is evil.

You are either pleasant to your man, or contentious.

He loves to come home, or he dreads it.

He feels safe, or threatened.

His opinion matters to you, or not.

He is the head, or he is not.

You know what you do.

You will either, with God's power, bend your heart to your husband, or you won't, and don't.

Which way do you walk?

The wide way, or the narrow way?

If you are on the wide way, then repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17)




August 31, 2017

where's your hope?

If your hope is not solely in the Lord, then you have fear.

Either your feet are on solid ground, or you wobble.

Understand this, you cannot do anything to keep yourself on solid ground.

That is works.

You cannot read the Bible enough, nor sing enough, nor shout enough, nor deny yourself enough, nor DO anything enough, to get TO solid ground, nor STAY on solid ground.

Any 'effort' on YOUR part is works.

MANY are the false teachers, and preachers, and pastors today, just like Jesus said.

MANY of them, no, all of them, mix a bit of truth, with their lies, and the result is a lie.

They SOUND sweet, funny, folksy, and sincere, and they will tell you, in so many words, to DO something, like go to church, pray more, dig deeper, be accountable more to others, and have those quiet times, and do this, and do that, and buy their books, and keep your head up, and just DO it!

You cannot do it.

NOTHING about salvation is of a human effort.

You are commanded, while still in sin, to repent of it, and THEN you are MADE clean.

Not of works.

It is a gift of God.

You will be born of GOD when you repent, and until then, as you can read about in Romans 1, the wrath of God is on the ungodly, and sin in anyone is ungodly, for sin is sin, and do not be deceived, if you sow to the flesh, then you will reap corruption, and you cannot sow to the flesh, and the Spirit.

You will sow to the Spirit exclusively when you repent, for God does that IN you, not of works.

If your hope is in a better you, as Joel Osteen seems to think we can be, then be aware, he lies.

You cannot be a better you.

You are either in sin, or in the Spirit, never are both in the soul at the same time.

A good tree ONLY produces good fruit.

That good fruit is love, and if you are born new, then your hope is solely in God, and you are at rest.

You love that neighbor as you love yourself.

Never do you hold a grudge, and not of any effort on your part, for your efforts are as a filthy rag.

A filthy rag is good for NOTHING.

Are you good for anything?

It will be for loving others if so, and you will be pointing to your Savior alone for that good work.

I John 2:3.


August 9, 2017

Feel it, or know it?

As much as I may want to think that we feel God's love, I read otherwise in his Word.

Scripture speaks of knowing, not feeling.

We err to use the word "feel" when speaking of knowing God.

If you hear that word from the pulpit, or read it in a devotional book, or a Bible study, then be aware that emotions are being played, and the gospel message is not being proclaimed.

Many are the false teachers/preachers in this world today.

They want you to feel good, because people who feel good can easily be talked out of their money.

They like to be liked.

They enjoy the kudos, and accolades, and praise.

They cannot easily be told to repent of their hate.

They hate that message. It doesn't feel good. The appeal is lost when we speak of hate, and murder.

A murderer can feel just fine.

A murderer can enjoy a nice meal, and laugh, and tend a baby.

A murderer can feel as though the hate she has is justified, and in fact, she won't call her hate— hate.

And a woman can feel fat though skinny, cold though feverish, sad though all is well with the family, money is in the bank, the fridge is full, and the skies are sunny, and the breeze is soft, and cool.

She can also feel okay though unkind to a child, a husband, and a neighbor.

She can feel unloved though God gave his best for her.

Feelings need salvation.

Who, or what, is saved when one is born new?

Jesus said, "You must be born again."

Who is the "you" to whom he refers?

Is it a person's body?

No. The redeemed get new ones in heaven, and if we got new bodies here on earth, then the physical body would not be in decay, and would not physically perish, but they do, so new ones are given.

Is the "you" to whom Jesus refers the emotions?

Well, yes, in part.

But what makes up YOU?

If you had no arms, then would you still be you?

Of course.

If you had, or showed, no emotion, then would you still be you?

Of course.

What makes up YOU?

What needs to be made new?

What part of you decides to sin?

Your body follows your mind.

Your emotions follow your mind.

Your mind is you, and it is what is born new, and made perfect.

If we are given perfect souls eventually, like not here on earth, then you must answer as to why the ones we read about in Matthew 7:21-23, who thought that they were saved, and thought that they knew Jesus, and in fact, they prayed, did great "things" for him, and even cast out demons, but they were NOT made perfect (new) as they faced Jesus, and were one step from heaven it seems.

Why did he not make them new at that point?

What did they still do on earth?

What does Jesus call them? And why did he not just say, "Presto, you are now made new?" to them, but he does not do that? Why? What is wrong with them? Who are those people? Do you know? If not, why not? They NEED the salvation of the Lord! They think that they are saved. They aren't.

Your mind (will), heart, and soul, are synonymous.

When born new, then all things become new that make up who you are as a person.

The emotions, once dead, and "feeling" incorrectly, are made new.

The body, once dead towards movement to love, now moves to love as directed by the new mind.

God gives a new mind to the repentant soul.

That soul then "feels" different for they are different, and NOT of their doing.

I can get a "makeover" of my face, and hair, and still be the same old me.

I can lose weight, and look physically fit, and still be the same old me.

I cannot be born new of my soul, and be the same old me.

That part of "me" is crucified, not of my doing, or of any works, which I must maintain, as in going to church, reading my Bible, and praying, and singing, and making disciples, and friends.

But I will sing, and pray, and read the Word, and that will not cease, for Christ has taken over what was given in repentance, and that is my will, which said, "You're right, and I'm wrong."

In your sin, repent of it, or agree with God that your dislike of anyone, is hate, and hate is murder.

Jesus said so.

He makes a soul new.

And then that soul "feels" like never before because they are new. The old is GONE.

East does not meet west.

The old is that far gone.

The old is the old nature. The moodiness. The bitterness. The sin. The hate. gone...gone...gone.

No more does that soul "try" to be good.

That is called works.

People, who think that they are saved, and yet still work, or try, to be good, are not new.

A lost person tries not to lie, or steal, or gossip, or hate, or you name it.

They "feel" more than they know.

In more ways than they know.

They use the word "feel" more than they use the word "know" and that is how you will know.

Do you live in your feelings?

Or do you live in Truth?

If you live in Truth, then you speak it, and you will die for it, and you do die daily for others.

And absolutely you will "feel" as never before for you will be new.

You will understand peace that passes understanding, and joy that cannot be properly expressed.

You will no longer know hate, bitterness, jealousy, envy, and you will seek no vengeance.

There is not ONE person who will not have one more chance to hear the gospel if you can help it.

You will gladly give your already sacrificed body for them, if possible, that they might repent before they perish in their sin, and face eternal hell.

That is another thing.

You will really believe in an eternal hell, of which Jesus speaks, and you will be hated for it.

Hell seems so mean to the one who has yet to repent, and who has yet to have the mind of Christ.

Feel it, or know it.

Wonder if you are loved, or know it.

Think that you are okay, or know that you have been crucified with Christ.

The proof of being born new?

The proof of hating, or loving every last soul on earth?

The proof of feeling like you know God, and really knowing that you know God?

I John 2:3.

August 7, 2017

Offended to death?

Has someone said something, and/or done something, you don't like?

Have they crossed a line with you?

Did they go too far with their freedom, and forget who they answer to these days?

Who do people in your life answer to these days?

Did you write a law that is to be honored?

If the law is broken, then do you seek revenge?

Has someone left you in charge of the behavior of others?

What law did the Lord leave us with as he made things much simpler for us?

Have you read Matthew 22:37-39 lately?

Do you live a simple life?

One where the yoke is easy, and the burden is light? (Matthew 11:30)

Or is it "complicated" and one in which the moments of your days are filled with thoughts of someone who has done you wrong, and if they were on the edge of a cliff, and no one was looking, then would you push?

Are the offenses of others greater than yours, and what they did was too much, and the offense too great, and your mind is a muddle of evil thoughts, and love for them is no where to be found in you?

Have you been offended to death?

Do you want someone gone, as in for good?

And do you know what that law was that the Lord left us with, and do you know that it is a command, which means that if you are not doing it, then you are breaking his law?

Where do YOU stand with the Lord?

Does he know YOU?

Did you know that God doesn't know everyone?

Did you know that not everyone, who calls his name, is known by him?

Have you read Matthew 7:21-23?

And Galatians 4:9?

And did you know that God has a certain mindset toward those who get offended, and hate others?

Have you read Romans 1:18?

Would you classify hate as unrighteousness, or wickedness, or what?

Have you a love for all?

Do you know that you cannot hold a grudge, and love at the same time?

Did you write the law, and do you do all you can to hold an offender to it?

If so, then do you know that you think that you are on level with God, who is the rule writer?

Are you aware that when he makes someone new, then he writes a new law on a heart?

Can you explain Ezekiel 36:26?

Has a new heart been given to you, or do you work to be good?

Must you try to stop holding a grudge?

Do you know what happens when the new law is written on a heart, and a new spirit replaces the old spirit in a soul who repents?

Are you aware that a new person can one thing at that point, and for all points forward forever?

Do you know what it is that they exclusively do, and are known for doing, and for what they do, then they will be persecuted because of it, and yet they keep doing it, and speaking of it till they die?

Do you know what compelled means?

Have you read II Corinthians 5:14?

Is that happening in you?

Can you do NOTHING but love?

If not, then do you know that you have not repented?

Will you do that now?

Are you aware that if you will, then it means you let go of offenses, and hate, forever?

Do you want to do that, or do you love the hate more?

You are aware that you get to choose, right? (Joshua 24:15)


If you fail to choose the narrow road, then are you ready to face the rule maker, and give an account for your choice, and say that you were vindictive too, and that you loved your sin more than the Lord (John 3:19), and do you know what the Lord's prayer tells us to pray concerning forgiveness?

Do you understand that Matthew 6:12 is not a prayer for forgiveness, but a directive to God?

And are you also familiar with Matthew 6:15?

Do you want that to happen to you?

In your opinion, will the Lord keep his word?

If so, then do you still want to be offended, and hope to death that someone would just die already?

Or are you compelled to love?


August 3, 2017

It will be someone who you know

You will be betrayed.

You will be reviled.

You will have lies told about you.

It will be someone who you know who will do all of that, and maybe more, to you.

They will have kissed you.

They will have given you gifts.

They will have maybe even promised to stick closer than anyone else to you.

That person, who you may be thinking of right now, will betray you.

Why?

Jesus said that those who follow him will share in his sufferings.

He suffered all that and more.

What have you suffered?

Anyone close to you been mean lately? Hateful even? Spiteful even?

Well now, what are you to do?

Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven...Matthew 5:12.

If that person should ask of you, then, by all means, do for them, all the while speaking truth.

All the while, be gentle, and kind, and of course, hold no grudge.

Would you die for that soul who has persecuted you?

Of course, for you live for heaven now, and this world holds no goodies for you at all— ever!

NOTHING compares to being used by God, to love others, for the one who is transformed by God.

That soul knows that the reward is in heaven.

That soul is homesick now, and is known by GOD! (Galatians 4:9)

Oh to be known by God!

Yes, he so loved the whole world.

Yes, he shows no favoritism.

However, his wrath is on the un-believing heart (the wicked).

See Psalm 7:11, and Romans 1:18.

Understand that the wicked, and the unbeliever, and the one who sins, are one and the same.

All of them suppress the truth, or in other words, they don't speak it.

They shun it.

They try to avoid it at all times even while going to church all the time where they most likely don't hear it, cause the Lord Jesus said that MANY will be the false teachers/preachers in the last days.

We are in the last days.

Who are the MANY false ones that you know?

How will you know them?

They make you feel good. "I'm okay, you're okay" type preachers. All is well, and go for more types.

They will not be persecuted. "Supposed" preachers, who are not being persecuted, suppress truth.

Why?

They are NOT speaking it.

We speak of that which we love.

If you love the gospel, you will not only be kind, and hold no grudge, but you will SPEAK the truth.

That is how faith is known— by hearing it - Romans 10:17!

Will everyone LOVE you for that message?

NO! Many walk the wide road. MANY hate it, and will hate you for speaking it.

THEY LOVE THE WORLD!

They hate God.

Can't love both, Jesus said.

But you'll not be able to NOT speak of Truth if you know him, for the love of God compels you.

Who will revile you?

It will be someone who you know who will hate you for the truth you speak, and perhaps you will lose an inheritance, a relationship with a child, a parent, or an in-law - Matthew 10:35-38.

Also, please take special note right here if you are a married woman:
You, dear woman of God, will not be preaching to your husband. There are clear instructions for the marriage relationship that are different that any other relationship. So, you will not be running him off, and he will not be asking you to leave, because of the message you are preaching to him, because you won't be preaching to him. See I Peter 3:1, and understand that if you are preaching to your husband, then it will sound like nagging, and you will not be walking according to the Word, and the husband, who must endure a wife telling him how to live, and breathe, and walk, and interact with people, and worship God, and do EVERYTHING, would rather not be near you. Check yourself.

To NOT speak the gospel, the Truth that sets mankind free, is to gain the whole world (inheritance included) and lose your soul, so you must choose, and in fact, you choose every waking moment.

Choose wisely.

Repent, and be born new, or perish in sin.

Matthew 4:17.

The SOMEONE you know, or who knows you, keeps your foot from slipping - Psalm 121:3.

Is he keeping your foot from slipping?

If not, then he does not know you.

He keeps his child on the narrow road, not of works, lest you boast.

July 30, 2017

Proof of love

We love proof of someone's love, don't we?

He says that he loves me, so why don't I know it? we think, perhaps.

If he loved me, then he would do this or that, or the other thing, we think, perhaps.

Do you know that there is a verse that tells us exactly when we will know that we love God?

You can say that you love God, just like your husband, or friend, or family member, can tell you that they love you, and then you doubt it, but have you ever wondered if God doubts your love for him?

I John 2:3.

Easy to remember that verse.

Look at it.

Remember it.

It goes like this: "We know that we have come to love him, if we keep his commands."

Now, you can have people tell you, "Don't you worry about it. Don't think twice. You love God!"

And you will rarely hear this: "Have you come to love God?"

Sounds like it's a process, and not a "say this prayer, and you're good to go," type scenario, right?

Right.

Look at your actions. Check your heart. See if you can determine if you have love one for another.

Towards all.

That does not mean that you sweet talk everyone, and never get angry, and never have temptations.

Of course you will be tempted to spit in someone's face, and hold a grudge, and lose your temper.

Tempted, and tried we all will be, but the transformed heart, the born new soul, the repentant?

What is different about that person?

They know of all the temptations, and yet obey.

They have been made brand new, and are not the same as they were prior— in their heart (soul).

They have come to love God.

In repenting of hate, they have been made new, given a heart of love, and have been crucified with Christ, and they don't just perform easy lip-service, oh no, they love, they really do.

How often do they love?

To not love is to not obey.

To not submit to a husband is to not obey.

To not honor a parent is to not obey.

To not live with outstretched arms ready, and eager to give, is to not obey.

But to those who have come to love God, they obey him.

Period.

I John 2:3 tells us this is so.

John didn't end that verse with "sometimes," or "when you can," or "most always."

He ended that sentence with a period.

He means that one who has come to love God, always obeys.

What else would a made new heart, that is now completely different because the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in it, do?

Try to be good?

Do you believe that you can be good of your own effort— at all?

Do you have any light in you before being made new?

If not, then how can darkness "help" the light?

Either you can boast, cause you "helped" God with that obedience thing, or it is all him.

See, that is the crux of salvation— believing the Word— all of it— and then doing it.

Repenting while still in sin. First. Finding oneself changed. Second. Loving and obedient. Third.

I John 2:3.

There is proof of love for God.

Do you really love him?