Should You Feel Different After Accepting Christ?
Some people have a big, emotional event while others might grow in faith gradually. Emotions can be misleading, so let’s see what the Bible says happens after you accept Jesus.
“He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.” 2 Corinthians 1:22
When you accept Jesus, should you FEEL different? Some people have a big, emotional event while others might grow in faith gradually. Emotions can be misleading, so let’s see what the Bible says happens after you accept Jesus.
God Promises Us Eternal Life
“So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie...” Hebrews 6:18
God’s promise is that whoever believes in Jesus has eternal life and is a child of God. (John 3:16, John 1:12) God doesn’t lie, so we can trust his promises. Have you made the decision to accept Jesus as your Savior? If you have, then God has sent His Holy Spirit to live in you. This is based on God’s promise, not the way you feel after you accept Christ.
The Holy Spirit Guarantees We Belong to Christ
Jesus promised he would send you an “Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth...and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17) But what does the Holy Spirit mean to you? The Holy Spirit is your guarantee, or seal, that your hope in Jesus is secure. The Bible says, “When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance...” (Ephesians 1:13-14) When you place your faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of you. It’s the Holy Spirit that guarantees you belong to God, not a feeling!
God Makes Us New
After you accept Christ, you may not feel different, but the Bible says God makes us a brand new person! “...anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Then, the Holy Spirit helps you understand God’s word and gives you power to live more like Jesus. If you have accepted Christ, let God do His work in you! “I am confident that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6)
Pray this week:
For the Holy Spirit to give you understanding of God’s truth and the power to obey God.
Emotions can confuse us... Can you think of a time when your emotions got in the way of making a correct decision? What are your emotions saying to you now? Talk to someone about it.