How To Live The
What does it take to live the Christian Life?
How to Live the Christian Life!
1. Believe that through faith in Christ, you have received eternal life.
1 John 5:10-13 “Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.." Remember that you are now a living testimony of the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ. The life of Christ is in you, the believer. Are you sure you have accepted Jesus as your Savior? If not go here.
2. Love God and Others.
Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength according to Mark 12:30, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Love your neighbor as yourself as commanded in Mark 12:31, “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these." Make these the highest goals of your new life in Christ. There is nothing you can possibly do greater than these in your life. Ask the Lord to help you love more and more. 1 Thessalonians 3:12, "May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you."
3. Read and study your Bible, memorizing portions that are helpful to you.
Give special attention to the promises of God. Meditate on these and they will be food for your soul. 1 Peter 2:2, "Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation," Remember that the Word of God, is the light to your path. Psalms 119:105 "Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light on my path." It is the weapon of our warfare against temptation, Ephesians 6:17, "Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
4. Pray daily to God, your heavenly Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank Him for all things. Ephesians 5:20, "Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Praise God for His blessings. Ask God to give you victory over sin and weakness. 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.." Pray for the needs of others when praying for your own needs. Remember that your prayer life will keep you spiritually strong and growing. Don't recite prayers. Pray and talk to God from your heart in your own words with respect.
5. Confess the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior as often as you can.
Water Baptism by immersion here is the first step to take in confessing Christ, see Acts 8:36-38. Continue confessing Christ to others. Matthew 10:32, "Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven." Use every opportunity you have to tell others what the Lord Jesus Christ has done in your life. Try to lead them to accept Christ as their Savior as you did, more on sharing your story here.
6. Avoid Temptations.
The Bible tells us that they will come. But we must be careful not to walk in their path. Psalms 1:1 "Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,." When temptations arise, remember that God has promised a way of escape for those who faithfully serve and obey Him. 1 Corinthians 10:13, Pray"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." That the Lord will help you avoid temptations.
Matthew 6:13, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." Jesus quoted Scripture when the devil was tempting Him. (See Matthew 4:1-11.) Learn Scriptures that pertain to your weaknesses and memorize them. Quote them often. Excellent Bible Reading Plans here.
7. Witness to others about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 1:8, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Many today do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
Who will tell them? Romans 10:13-14, "For, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?"
The believer’s greatest joy is the privilege of telling the good news of the Gospel to every creature. Witnessing for Christ is not only a blessed privilege but a divine command, Matthew 4:19, "Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people." The Lord will use you to win souls to Him. How to share the Gospel message here.
8. Serve the Lord with gladness.
Psalms 100:2, "Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs." God has a regular ministry for every believer. (Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-21.) Assemble regularly in a Bible-believing church. Hebrews 10:25, "Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
Invest your time, talents and money for eternity. Colossians 3:1-3, "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God."
9. Stand firmly on the Word of God.
(See Ephesians 6:10-18.) Beware of false teachers and false doctrines. 2 Peter 2:1-3 "But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping."
Test everything by the Word of God, not by experience. Isaiah 8:20, "Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn."
Remember that God has promised the victory to those who honor Him and His Holy Word. 1 Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.."
10. Commune with the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 13:14 "May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." Get to know the Holy Spirit as personal as you know the Father and the Son.
He is a person. John 16:13, "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come."
Talk to Him. Commune with Him. Ask Him to help you with all the things mentioned above. Do not try these things in your own flesh, but with the help of the Spirit. Galatians 3:3, "Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?" 2 Corinthians 3:18, "And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
More on the Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit here.
More on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit here.
11. Be a separated Christian.
2 Corinthians 6:14 says, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” Not only should we be separated from unbelievers, but our Lord prayed for us to be separated from the evil in this world.
John 17:15-16 says, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.”
Be an answer to Jesus’ prayer, stay away from evil. Try to win unbelievers to Christ but be separated from them and their lifestyle. 1 Timothy 5:22, “...keep yourself pure.”
12. Forgive each other.
All of us have been hurt by somebody in our life. Some to a small degree, some very greatly. We, too, have offended a Holy God and our sins led Christ to die for us ... yet ... the Lord forgave us.
We are to follow His example. Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Take a moment and read the story about forgiveness in Matthew 18:23-35 in your Bible.