God calls I do?

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  1. psalms109:31

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    God calls us to do things and we do like believe, repent, and things of that matter so what is wrong about talking about what I do that God calls us to do?

    The scripture says

    John 3:30
    He must become greater; I must become less.

    Is this what we suppose to do? Even in our testimony of our salvation do we make ourselves less and Jesus greater, is something wrong with not doing so?

    Is it hard to make our testimony all about Him?
     
  2. Tom Butler

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    You bet it's hard. Listen carefully to a salvation testimony. More often than not you'll hear such phrases as

    I got saved
    I walked the aisle
    I accepted Christ
    I took Jesus as my Savior
    I repented of my sins
    I invited Jesus into my heart

    Your assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to write your salvation testimony without ever using "I."
     
  3. Allan

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    It is impossible and not biblical.

    'you' did get saved.
    'you' did 'accept/believe in/on Christ - (taking Christ as/to be your savior is the same thing)
    'you' did repent of your sins.

    If a person did none of these things then scripturally they are not saved.
     
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    Praise God from whom all blessings flow. God, in his mercy, opened my eyes to my sinfulness, my sin and its consequences. The Holy Spirit applied the scriptures to me, convicted me of my sin, and drew me to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He keeps me by his power.
     
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    Jesus saved me
    He died for my sins as my substitute
    The Father drew me and gave me to the Son
    The Holy Spirit convicted me of my sins
    The Holy Spirit revealed to me the truth of the Gospel
    The Holy Spirit regenerated me and gave me faith and repentance
    The Holy Spirit sealed me and lives in my heart
    God sanctifies me and will glorify me
     
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    Here is salvation--a work of God from start to finish:

    Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called [see v.30] according to his purpose.
    Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
    Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called [see v.28]: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

    In these verses, the whole of salvation from election/foreknowledge to glorification in heaven is all with God as the subject and His people as the direct object.
     
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    Scripture

    Luke 11:11"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[Some manuscripts for bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks forf] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

    Matthew 5:16
    In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

    John 5:19
    Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.

    John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."

    41At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven." 42They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"

    43"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered. 44"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. 45It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. 46No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. 47I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. 48I am the bread of life. 49Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. 50But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."

    John 8:54
    Jesus replied, "If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.

    John 12:50
    I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say."

    John 14:10
    Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

    John 14:24
    He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

    John 17:2
    "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.

    John 17:5
    And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

    John 20:21
    Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."


    Jesus is our God and our example. What we are called to do we called to do by His word. Jesus word was not His own but His Fathers and that is how drawn by the Father. When we listen to Him and learn from Him we come.

    All praise goes to Jesus who in returns praises our Father in heaven. There is nothing wrong with telling the world what we have done but we praise Jesus for without the word we could do nothing.

    Jesus word is life and Spirit and it was not His own but the Fathers. You could not be drawn to listen or even to learn without His word.

    With Jesus word you can come no matter what men may say. There is life in His word and death without it.

    John 5:24
    "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

    John 6:40
    For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."
     
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    Testimony

    We can be just be following the crowd when trials come fall away or we can listen and learn by God our Father through Jesus word and be drawn by the Father through His word.

    We are to praise and glorify Jesus in our testimony and in our life, and we can do this because of Him
     

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