A Few Thoughts About Evidences That One is a Christian

A1 Outline
B1 Changed life
B2 Changed attitude
B3 Changed actions
B4 Changed habits
B5 Changed motivations
B6 Changed love
B7 Changed talk
B8 Changed reading
B9 Changed studying
B10 Changed friends
B11 Changed fellowship
B12 Changed family
A2 Changed life
B1 Before
C1 Self and sinful pleasure
C2 2 Timothy 3:2-4 EMTV For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, not loving what is good, 4 traitors, headstrong, having been puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
B2 After
C1 God and pleasing Him
C2 Hebrews 11:5-6 EMTV By faith Enoch was translated [so as] not to see death, “and he was not found, because God translated him”; for before his translation he had obtained witness that he was pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please [God], for it is necessary [for] the [one] approaching God to believe that He is, and that He becomes a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
A4 Changed actions
B1 Before
C1 Seeks their own self.
C2 Romans 2:8 NIV But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
C3 Also read Psalm 10.
B2 After
C1 Seeks God.
C2 Psalms 63:1 BSB A Psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my body yearns for You in a dry and weary land without water.
A5 Changed habits
B1 Before
C1 Habits of thoughts, desires, words, and deeds that displease God.
C2 Proverbs 12:22 NIV The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
C3 Proverbs 6:16-19 NLT There are six things the LORD hatesno, seven things he detests: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, 18 a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, 19 a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.
C4 1 Kings 21:25 CSB Still, there was no one like Ahab, who devoted himself to do what was evil in the LORD’s sight, because his wife Jezebel incited him.
B2 After
C1 Habits of thoughts, desires, words, and deeds that please God.
C2 Psalms 15:2 BSB He who walks with integrity and practices righteousness, who speaks the truth from his heart.
C3 Romans 14:17-18 NLT For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.
A6 Changed motivations
B1 Before
C1 This is desiring what is evil. The motive is to satisfy evil desire. Sometimes the motive is because they hate God and want to spite Him.
C2 Proverbs 21:2 NET All of a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion, but the LORD evaluates the motives.
C3 Romans 1:30 BSB slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful. They invent new forms of evil; they disobey their parents.
B2 After
C1 Now desiring to do what is holy. They want fellowship with Him, want to serve Him, want to be with those who also want to work for Him.
C2 1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
A7 Changed love
B1 Before
C1 No love for God. Have love for anything else, especially themselves.
C2 John 5:42 GW But I know what kind of people you are. You don’t have any love for God.
C3 Isaiah 5:20 NLT What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.
B2 After
C1 Love God. This is seen in their actions in public and private.
C2 Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
C3 1 Peter 1:8-9 NLT You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
A8 Changed talk
B1 Before
C1 Evil speaking in all forms. It includes deception in all forms.
C2 Psalm 52:3-4 NIV You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. 4 You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue!
C3 Romans 3:13-14 NIV Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips. 14 Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.
B2 After
C1 Now we want godly speaking in truth and kindness.
C2 Psalm 37:30-31 NET The godly speak wise words and promote justice. 31 The law of their God controls their thinking; their feet do not slip.
A9 Changed reading
B1 Before
C1 The eyes and mind want to see evil.
C2 Matthew 6:23 LEB But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be dark. Therefore if the light in you is darkness, how great [is] the darkness!
B2 After
C1 Now the desire is to see goodness and the other godly character traits.
C2 Psalms 119:37 GW Turn my eyes away from worthless things. Give me a new life in your ways.
A10 Changed studying
B1 Before
C1 Many study how to be evil.
C2 Micah 2:1 NLT What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night, thinking up evil plans. You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out, simply because you have the power to do so.
B2 After
C1 Now we want to study God’s ways, thoughts, character traits, worldview, lifestyle, etc.
C2 Psalms 119:15 GW I want to reflect on your guiding principles and study your ways.
A11 Changed friends
B1 Before
C1 They want friends just like them.
C2 Psalms 50:18 GW When you see a thief, you want to make friends with him. You keep company with people who commit adultery.
B2 After
C1 We want friends just like the Lord.
C2 Malachi 3:16 GW Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD paid attention and listened. A book was written in his presence to be a reminder to those who feared the LORD and respected his name.
A12 Changed fellowship
B1 Before
C1 A desire to be companions with evil people who hate God and His ways.
C2 Isaiah 1:23 NKJV Your princes are rebellious, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, And follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.
B2 After
C1 A desire to be with those like-minded people who love God and His ways.
C2 Psalm 119:63 NIV I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.
A13 Changed family
B1 Before
C1 Following evil examples and fellowships. Also, in the Kingdom of Darkness.
C2 2 Kings 8:27 NLT Ahaziah followed the evil example of King Ahab’s family. He did what was evil in the LORD’s sight, just as Ahab’s family had done, for he was related by marriage to the family of Ahab.
C3 Matthew 12:25-26 NIV Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?
B2 After
C1 Following good examples and fellowships. Also, in the Kingdom of God.
C2 Mark 10:28-30 NIV Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!” 29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields–along with persecutions–and in the age to come eternal life.
C3 1 John 3:1-2 NIV See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
2 Corinthians 5:17 EMTV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, [he is] a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
A Few Thoughts About Evidences That One is a Christian
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