Apr 04, 2017 by Will Maule

3 Ways To Know If You're TRULY Following Christ

As Christians, we sometimes need to take stock of whether we are truly following Jesus Christ. We can get caught up in systems, programs and even legalism, whilst failing to completely devote our hearts to Him. JB Cachila at Christian Today highlights three ways we can know if we are truly following Jesus. 

1. Denial of self over obeying what God says in His Word
"If anyone will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." (see Matthew 16:24) Those who truly follow Christ know that the first thing to do would be to deny themselves. This doesn't mean starving yourself to death (but you can fast), being stingy (but it's good to be a wise steward) or being a monk living in a secluded place in the boondocks (but it's also good to take time alone to pray)."

2. You go against worldly culture in pursuit of Kingdom culture
"The Bible tells us to "Enter at the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who are going through it, because small is the gate and narrow is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it" (Matthew 7:13-14). It's a fact that the road that we walk in to follow Christ is a solitary one. While there are many who truly love God, it's a fact that when we choose to obey and please Christ we will need to think and do things differently from society and the world at large. We will obey God, not man (see Acts 5:29)."

3. The Holy Spirit will bear His fruit in our lives
"Those who follow Christ learn to walk in the Spirit of God. Those who walk in the Spirit of God are able to produce the Spirit's fruit in our lives. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control; against such there is no law. Those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be conceited, provoking one another and envying one another." (Galatians 5:22-26)"

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