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Throwback Thursday: 4 Essentials for the Christian Life

4 ESSENTIALS FOR THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

But you beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. –Jude 20-21

 

Jude gave these commands to help his readers as they contend for the faith. They make great building blocks for any Christian. They will not make the sorrow or pain of persecution and tribulation any less, but they will give you a firm foundation.

First, build up your faith. Good, deep, daily Bible study is essential. Sound preaching and teaching are not enough by themselves. You must spend time digging into the Bible and applying it to your life.

What does it mean to pray in the Holy Spirit? It is the same thing as praying in the name of Jesus. That does not mean tagging His name at the end of your prayers. Pray according to God’s will. We know that it is God’s will for people to live holy, but there are many times when we don’t know the will of God. That is when we pray as Jesus did by submitting to the Father’s will, not our own. In this process, don’t forget to believe for miracles. We are commanded to do both.

God will never cease to love us, but we show our love for Him by obedience. In John 15:10, Jesus said, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love,” Obedience keeps you right in the middle of God’s blessings. Disobedience puts you in the place of His chastisement.

The final building block in Christian living is hope. Christians should live in the hope of the second coming. This is a purifying hope and it should cause Christians to witness to the unsaved. The greatest mercy we will receive is eternal life.

Build a good foundation that will withstand the storms of life. Deep Bible study, praying according to the will of God, obedience and hope are good Christian principles.

 

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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GIVE YOUR RUSH A REST

GIVE YOUR RUSH A REST

By Carolyn Dale Newell

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

Psalm 23:2 NKJV

I vividly remember my parents relaxing on the front porch every summer evening. They did their yard work, and Mom tenderly cared for her flowers. They didn’t have the conveniences of a microwave or computer, so where did they find the time to relax?

Perhaps you are on vacation this week, but the days leading up to your departure were chaotic. Once you return home, if you are like us, you will hit the ground running. It’s so easy to slip into bed at night and remember you never opened the pages of your Bible today. Except for the blessing, you never had time to pray. Friend, I hate to admit it, but I have had those days.

We make sure our gas tanks are full before embarking on our travels, but what about our spiritual tanks? If we are not diligent about our time with God, our spiritual lives will begin to sputter, running on empty.

Our Good Shepherd knows exactly what we need. Time to rest in the green pasture. Time to graze upon God’s Word, savoring each morsel. Like the Apostle John, we need to rest upon the chest of Christ. We need to designate a specific time to spend beside the still waters, not rushing in and out of prayer. We need to take a mini vacation every day to talk with our heavenly Father who desires time with us. Yes, the God of the universe wants to spend time with us. That is hard to believe, but it’s true, and we must set aside time to do it.

I don’t have a plan to stop the rush, but I do know our quality time with God is something we cannot skip out on. Every aspect of our lives will be enriched when we spend time beside the still waters with Jesus. Will you make time for Him today?

Lord, we are honored and humbled because You desire time with us. Help us schedule our quiet time, and guard it from interruptions. Stop the rush that has become the daily pattern of our lives, so we may enjoy time with You and our families. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 10:7-11.

HIKING THE TRAIL

In John 10:10, the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus gives abundant life. Meditate on this verse, considering your busy schedule. How can you shield your quiet time from Satan’s clever attempts to steal it?

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.