Exodus 11:7: But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.
Psalms 55:19: God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
The Lord always puts a difference between His people and others. He did it for the people of Israel and He does it for the members of the body of Christ. When He adopts individuals He changes them from what they were before to what He wants them to be. There has been a moment in the life of every genuine child of God when that happened.
We ought to look for, enjoy and remember each and every change the Lord has made in our hearts, lives and attitudes. We should thrive on them. They are evidence of His work upon us. The more of His work that we see upon us the more certain we will be that we belong to Him. The more we foolishly quench the Holy Spirit, grieve Him, neglect Him or in any way limit His work upon us and our lives, the less certain we will be that we belong to Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:19: Quench not the Spirit.
Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
1 Timothy 4:14: Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
I know many who have received Christ and enjoyed His work on their hearts and lives for a little while. They have known they belong to Him. But for some the cares of this world become more important to them than their glorious Saviour. How sad!! Would you rather enjoy the love of your wonderful eternal Saviour or be miserable about the temporary cares of this life and this world? It*s your choice and it is a much bigger choice than any of us realize.
Jude 1:21: Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.