How To Be A True Christian

What does it take to be a true Christian? To answer this question we must first define exactly what a true Christian is or what a true Christain should strive for. To find the definition for a true Christian, we must go to the only source for this information, the Bible. However, a problem is encountered. That problem is today, there are many translations of the Bible. Also, many of these Bibles are wrongly translated with a theological, political, secular or gender perspective. Because these Bibles have been “translated” without the intent for a truly accurate translation, they are incorrect in some of the important areas that are relevant to being a true Christian. If you use a Bible that does not have God’s word as was originally penned, then you will never be able to correctly understand His word. The Bible translations I personally use is a combination of the English Standard Version Bible and the American English Bible, which is found at:
http://www.2001translation.com online.

To be a true Christain we must look to Jesus, what Jesus taught and how Jesus lived His life. He summed up in Matthew 22:37-40 what the two greatest commandments Christian’s should follow:

37 And he replied: You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart, soul, and mind. 38 This is the first and the greatest Commandment. 39 The second, like it, is: You must love your neighbor as yourself. 40 These two commandments are the basis of the whole Law and the Prophets.
Now we know what we must do to be a true Christian according to Jesus. We must first love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. But how do we do this? By following what God has instructed us to do in all that we do every day of our lives. First , we must seek the Kingdom of God. This can only be accomplished through reading the Bible over and over and over. Ideally, It would be best to read the Bible daily but unfortunately, that is not always posssible. However, if you desire to become a true Christian you must place reading the Bible daily as a priority. The best way to read the Bible daily is to set a specific time every day. Also, we need to set an amount of time that we will spend reading the Bible. Plus, this time must be commited to only reading & studying the Bible. In addition, I personally believe that part of reading and studying the Bible is prayer. Praying before reading for guidance and God’s enlightenment and then again after reading. Praying to thanking God for all He has shown you. In that prayer I recommend you ask God to help you apply what you have learned from your time in the Bible to your everyday life. One prayer I often say is asking God whenever I read, see or hear anything concerning Him, Jesus, the Bible, Christianity, or applying my faith, that He will show me, whatever it maybe, if it is true or if it is false. This is so I may not be or cause anyone to be misguided or lead astray by Satan.

Now, only reading the Bible is not seeking the Kingdom of God. It is a part of that process. You must take what you have learned from the Bible and apply it to your daily life. If you do not apply what God and Jesus teaches us all in the Bible, it is the same as never reading the Bible.

The Bible teaches us we must accept what Jesus taught, especially that He was the Son of God. He came to earth to teach what His Father told Him, to live a sinless life, to be falsely accused and put to death. Then after being dead for three days, He was resurrected. Plus, the reason for His death was for the sins of all of mankind and through His Death, we can be made righteous before God. In addition, Jesus taught that we must be baptized, we must spend time in fellowship with other Christians and we must spread the word of God to others.
Now that we know what it takes, how do you know if you are a true Christain? The way to answer this is by asking yourself these few simple questions. First, how much of your day is devoted to God and His teachings? If the majority of your time each day is not spent with God and practicing what He taught, you are not putting God first in your life. Secondly, whenever you fall short and give into temptation and sin, do you feel remorseful? Will tears actually form in your eyes when you confess your sins to God because your are heartbroken for having disobeyed God your Father? The one who created you, loves you regardless of what you have done and only wants what is best for you? Finally, do you have a personal relationship with God your Father and His Son? You can tell you have a personal relationship if They are as close and important to you as anybody you have a personal relationship with here on earth. If you do not answer yes to these questions then maybe your commitment to God needs some work or you need to reevaluate how you are living your life and how your day is spent.
While the main goal of a true Christain should be to lead a life identical to Jesus, it is not possible because as humans, we are flawed and imperfect. However, we should always try to emulate Jesus’s life and seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness each day as we live our lives.
By: Larry Shawn Cagle
©2014 Larry Shawn Cagle

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Living & Life

LIVING & LIFE
I always been concerned about what is truly right and wrong,
Always hoping what I did in life helped some others along.
Many live in isolation while searching for some form of love,
Never knowing the truth that love only comes from God above.
The plans we make each day often fall apart along the way,
But still we start over again and try as though we had a say.
How can we have any success in our life without having hope,
That can only be learned from God’s word teaching us to cope.
Life without God only ends with us filled with anger and wrath,
And we would be lost forever without Jesus to show us our path.
Never believe those in your life who teach that we are all alone,
The truth is only God & Jesus Christ can show us the way home!!
By Larry Shawn Cagle
05/03/2018

Free For All

Sadness consumes me more each day and night,

Seeing so many more wrongs and so fewer rights.

Pain & suffering of individuals increases every day,

With no hope of reprieve as they’ve lost their way.

Life is so cruel & evil feeling there’s no way to cope,

But why do so many not see that there truly is hope.

The god of this world tries to keep everyone blind,

By not allowing them to see the truth they need to find.

By God our Father’s love and with Jesus Christ’s sacrifice,

You can find hope as His Son has already paid the full price.

Read God’s word and learn about Grace that is Heaven sent,

Free to all by confessing you have sinned and want to repent!!

By: Larry Shawn Cagle

05/30/2018

Hate, Truly A Four Letter Word!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle

Hate is one emotion that blinds all those trying to see the truth. Hate keeps hearts and minds closed to new possibilities, changes by others and any individual’s personal appeal. Hate keeps one’s anger focused on the individual who we may truly love or care for, and it can keep one’s focus off of the action or deed that may have started or fueled the hate. It can stop someone from forgiving and another from showing regret or apologizing. Hate always seperates, never unifies and always increases any form of isolation. Hate only serves what is negative or wrong and consistently acts against anything good and positive. It is amazing how hate can manipulate, direct or control so many actions and lives of those individuals who are good and decent. It is easy to understand why hate is one of the sins that leads to the second death since it’s creator is Satan. Remember, HATE is truly a four-letter word.

My Gift

To My Loving Wife Vicki:

I will never forget when you first stood next to me,
I knew that together in life we were truly meant to be.
Never before had I felt a soul so innocent and pure,
God had designed us to be as one my heart was sure.
Your beauty was magnificent both inside and out,
You were truly a gift from God and I had no doubt.
Who was I to finally find my one and only true love,
A sorry soul truly blessed by a gift from God above.
Even though I had closed my heart and mind to all,
God planned when first together for you I would fall.
Even though the years together have seen good & bad,
My life with you is the greastest gift I have ever had.
Please remember that my love for you will never end,
Together forever as my soulmate and my best friend!!

All My Love As Always,
Shawn

By: Larry Shawn Cagle
11/2014

God’s Way

We are given a chance to live,
Always God’s grace gives,
Those who accept the gift,
Adding souls He lifts,
Honor & Glory from above,
True perfect love,
With Him you are free,
Hope we all see,
Praise, Honor and Glory to Him,
Saved from all sin,
Nothing left except His word,
His truth is heard,
Sadly some will not live,
Still He gives,
Eternal Joy for all to see,
Forever with Thee!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
12/2016

Lost In Life

Down the road of life I travel each day,
Lost and confused not knowing my way.
Walking alone on this path & without care,
Dealing daily with people trying to be fair.
Burdens I carry weigh heavy on my mind,
A normal part of my life with more to find.

Each day goes by with no hope for respite,
I pray for help as I face each daily plight.
Who am I to ask for help from my grief,
A single soul among many hoping for relief.
With no choices ahead and still losing my way,
The only hope is to fall to my knees and pray.

Pray to the One who created all that there is & that will be,
He is the only One in life with a plan that can set me free.
Free from the pain I experience each day as it goes by,
Not knowing just what to do and always wondering way.
Now I can choose to have eternal hope or great despair,
I trust in God Almighty who truly loves me & always cares!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
12/2014