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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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Hope From the Holy Spirit

HOPE FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13 NKJV

Have you ever had a day where everything goes wrong, and suddenly, God speaks comfort and hope to your weary soul? It is exactly what you need in that moment. Perhaps it is a realization that your bad day is not nearly as rotten as somebody else’s. It may come in the form of a song, a Bible verse on Twitter, or a reassuring Facebook post.

I recently went through a season where discouragement was taking up residence on my doorstep. Just at the point where I thought I would break, there was the Holy Spirit with just the right word or phrase, the perfect Scripture or song. It felt like my heavenly Father had just wrapped His arms around me.

It’s wonderful when our spirits are lifted by others, but when the Holy Spirit, Himself inspires us, it is precious. What an honor it is when He makes a point to lift me up. In those moments, I feel especially loved.

Christian, the same Holy Spirit dwells within each one of us. He will tenderly nudge you with comfort, peace and joy. Keep an eye out for those special instances of grace and mercy. Let’s show our gratitude by extending that same gift to others.

As vessels of the Spirit, we should overflow with the very same support to others. Words of encouragement and hope should spill over onto those who are near. We don’t want to miss any opportunity God gives us to bless our brothers and sisters with Spirit filled kindness. The hope I need is the hope I need to share. “Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph. 5:18b-19).

Heavenly Father, thank You for the times when You plant special signs along my path inspiring me to keep going even when the road gets steep. Help me renew and inspire others along life’s journey. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Hebrews 6:18-19.

HIKING THE TRAIL

When I begin feeling discouraged, I turn to Scripture or gospel music. It is also a good time for me to reach out and encourage someone else. How can you share hope with someone today?

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale newell.