Your Bible Daily~ Your spiritual life needs food. What kind
of food? Spiritual food: the Word of God, the Bible. Read it, study it,
medicate on it, memorize it. The Bible will nourish and guide you. The very
practice of reading the Bible will have a purifying effect upon your mind
the Secret of Prayer~ Every prayer that you pray, as a
born-again believer of Jesus Christ as the risen Lord, will be answered.
Answered according to God's will. Sometimes the answer will be 'Yes',
sometimes 'No', sometimes 'Maybe', sometimes you may not hear an answer but
it will be answered. The Holy Spirit that lives within you will help to
understand and will teach you how to pray. Praying is communicating.
Communing with God. Prayer combined with Bible study makes for a powerful,
healthy Christian life. The Bible says, 'Pray without ceasing.' Without the
constant prayer and communion with God you can never know the inner peace He
wants you to have.
on the Holy Spirit~ Remember that Christ dwells in you
through the Holy Spirit. You body is now the dwelling place of the Third
Person of the Trinity. Stand aside and let Him take over in all the choices
and decisions of your life. Rest in the Lord through the Holy Spirit. A true
victorious Christian is one who in spite of worries, inner conflicts and
tensions, is confident that God is in control and will be victorious in the
end. In reliance on the Holy Spirit, you will find that many of your
physical and mental ailments will disappear along with many worries, inner
conflicts and tensions.
Church Regularly~ Christianity is a religion of fellowship.
Following Christ means love, righteousness, service; and these can only be
achieved and expressed through social relations with other Christians. Jesus
Himself did not proclaim His service alone; He had disciples. And those
disciples had other disciples. And they continued to set up Churches for
other believers. All these believers in the Gospel were in the Church. There
is a visible church and there is an invisible church. The invisible church
is made up of true believers throughout the world, throughout the centuries.
The visible church is made up of both Catholic and Protestants, including
all the various denominations of the latter. The church is Christ's
organization upon the earth. It is a place where we can worship God, learn
from His Word, and fellowship with other Christians. This forms a complete
worship to God to which He is entitled. We should joyful embrace these
places of worship.
a Witnessing Christian~ If you faithfully practicing the four
preceding guidelines, this one will generally take care of itself--as in the
case of the cup continually being filled will indeed overflow. There was a
question ask of Billy Graham: which is more important, to witness by one's
life or to witness by the Word? He answered: Which is more important the
left or right wing of an airplane? This is ultimately true; however, the
Word of God is what is blessed. We are responsible to God for the way in
which we live but it is His Word that He has promised to bless and this
explains why a musician in a communist country can pick up a page torn from
a old Bible and be converted. God's purpose for you after you have been
converted, born again, is to witness to His saving grace and power. We are
holding God's light for this world. We are to let it shine! Though it may
seem but a twinkling candle in a world of blackness, it is our job to let it
shine, not worry about the darkness. We must be faithful witnesses. There is
no happiness greater than that of winning another person to Christ.
Ruled By Love~ Jesus said to those who followed Him, 'By this
shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to
another.' Of all the gifts God offers His children, love is the greatest. Of
all the fruits of the Holy Spirit, love is the first. The Bible declares
that we who follow Christ should love one another as God loved us when He
sent His Son to die on the Cross. This is our greatest tool for
demonstrating that we are Christians: we love our fellow man. If we learn
this secret of God early in our Christian experience, we will go a long way
as happy, mature Christians.
Temptation~ Temptation is natural. Temptation is not sin,
however. It is the yielding to temptation that is sin. God does not
bring temptation to us, but He does allow it to test us. The Christian must
realize that temptation is the work of the devil. Once recognized as such,
it is not difficult to combat: quote a verse of Scripture at the 'tempter',
and he will run, for he can not stand the Word of God. Do what Jesus did in
the Wilderness when He was confronted with the temptations of Satan himself:
Quote Scripture! Three times, He said, 'It is written.' Be like the
little girl who said, 'Every time I hear the devil knock at my door, I send
Jesus to answer it.' Amen. In order to quote Scripture, you must know
Scripture, must study Scripture, must make Scripture a part of you daily
life. This requires obedience. God would rather have this obedience than
An Obedient Christian~ Let Jesus Christ and the Word of God
have first place in your life! Make Him the Lord and Master of your life and
all the choices you make in your life. We must make all our thoughts, deeds
and actions subject to the scrutiny and obedience of Jesus Christ.
a Wholesome Christian~ We should be chivalrous, courteous,
clean of body, pure of mind, poised and gracious. We should be neat in
appearance, clean and attractive, in style with good taste and discretion.
Our lives and appearance should commend the gospel and make it attractive to
others. We should remember our bodies are the temple of the Holy
Spirit. We should glorify His presence with our bodies.
Above Your Circumstances~ God made you as you are and where
you are so you can best serve and glorify Him. Some people are always
looking for a greener pasture; wasting time on wishful thinking, not serving
God as He in His infinite wisdom has chosen to place them. Wishful thinking
causes one to overlook the advantages and opportunities that are available
right where you are, in time and space. If you need inspiration, look no
further than the great Apostle Paul: He learned how to abound in plenty or
how to abound in need; he learned to be a great, witnessing Christian even
in prison. In shackles, Paul was heard singing, praising and glorifying God.
Would that we could be the same! Don' let your circumstances dictate your
beliefs. Learn to live graciously, but powerful for the Lord within all
circumstances, knowing that God is with you always.
These principles, guidelines and suggestions may seem simplistic, perhaps
so, but keep them in your heart for they do work. They are tried and tested
in the lives of countless thousands of Christians throughout the world.
Properly and faithfully kept and practiced, they will give you peace of
soul, happiness, peace of mind, and pleasure in the Lord, and indeed you
will have learned the secret to living life with Godly satisfaction.