A Christian life is a live that is lived by Faith. It is also a life that sacrifices his ambitions, glories, desires and replacing them with those of Christ. We can only do this by his power through the faith that he gives us by his grace
Tips on how to live a Christian Life:
1. Follow Jesus’ example at all times
Follow Jesus’ (the Son of God) greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with your whole heart, mind, body and soul”
and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Even if someone treats you wrongly or whether you know them or not, we are called to love them.
Jesus said “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Jesus says in John 13:15, “I have given you an example, that as I have done, so should you do.” In I Corinthians
11:1, Paul says, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” Ephesians 5:1 says, “Be imitators of God as dear children.” Also many Believers are “empty, swept and garnished” (Matthew
12:44) by lukewarm Christian Doctrines. If you just go to church, you will be a weak Christian and trials will make havoc of your life.
But if you go to church AND read the Word every night, you will become a strong Christian. Most Christians do not read the
Bible every day, so if all you do is go to Church, you will be a weak Christian. A few Christian growing passages are Proverbs 8:17-21. Psalms 1:1-3. John 14:21-27.
James 1:2-8. I Thessalonians 5:16-18. II Timothy 1:6-7, Hebrews 8:6,10. Ephesians 6:10-18. Proverbs 4:20-23.
2. Confess your sin and then repent — change your attitude and pray.
Realize that conversion is not simply one act but the beginning of a life-long commitment. Persistence and perseverance are continuing
attitudes for engaging life with. Don’t be hard on yourself if and when you fail, but admit it; pick yourself up; trust in God and move forward.
3. READ and DO what the Bible says.
James 1:22 – Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Matthew 4:4 – Jesus answered, “It is
written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” The bible also says that “All Scripture is
inspired by God and profitable [for something] for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;” – 2 Timothy 3:16.
4. Allow God to change you:
As a follower of Jesus, you cannot change yourself, only God can through his Son. Ezekiel 36:26-27 – “I will give you a new heart
and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ephesians 4:24 says “and to put on the new self, created to be like God
in true righteousness and holiness”. A true Christian, when converted, will immediately notice an unavoidable change in sensitivity to his daily routine.
They will begin to question their taste in movies, music, clothing, even choice in friends! The Bible says “Therefore,
rid yourselves of everything impure and every expression of wickedness, and with a gentle spirit welcome the word planted in you that can save your souls.”(James 1:21)
5. Understand that you will be persecuted for your beliefs.
Do not allow others’ attacks to weaken your faith. Have courage in your convictions and do well but don’t judge others. 2 Timothy 3:12
– “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”
6. Set aside time for effective and meaningful prayer.
Make intercession for people who do not pray enough for their own development, i.e.:
children, cousins, friends, enemies and family, etc. In Ephesians 1:16 Paul prays for a “Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation” I recommend that you say the prayer in Ephesians 1:16-23 for
yourself everyday for one year and God will open up your spirit and develop your understanding.
7. Try to see the perspectives (point of view) of others, even if you personally disagree with them.
Of course, an answered prayer for peace for your enemies and that they would become blessed as children of God would help both you and them.
8. Be patient with people who do not make you happy or even upset you.
Work on trying to forgive those who may have hurt you. You must learn to love your enemies. God loves everyone, and we need to, also.
Say farewell to selective loving. If you have a hard time loving your enemies, pray to God to provide understanding through his Holy Spirit.
9. Work and pray for others to the best of your abilities.
Care for people who are in need when they ask for help. James 2:16 “If one of you says
to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” This is one of the
things Jesus talked about in His teachings. Giving does not always having to be financial, it can be in the form of perishables or clothing.
10. Treat others kindly as you would like to be treated.
Even simple acts of kindness like holding a door open for someone are good deeds that
can help you feel less paranoid–because then you feel that others should think well of you and of your testimony in Christ.
11. Strive to live a quiet life.
1Thesolonians 4:11 – “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind
your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,” Pride can imply that you are judging others falsely and is said to be the
mother of all sins, because pride resides in each one of us. The source of all sin is ones’ own selfishness (greed, lust, hate for others, murder, theft, etc.).
12.Openly share the good news!
Remember, living the Christian life through your actions will show others that God must be working in your life. Always stick up for your beliefs such as being conservative in
good morals and liberal in giving your own goods–not being a Robin Hood or “welfare-monger” (profiting off poverty) or welfare-cheat, but planting seeds in others towards
Christ by grace through faith, which always results in good deeds (which are a RESULT of salvation and NEVER a means to salvation).
13. Make special efforts to fellowship with other believers.
It is a wonderful thing that God wants Christians to unite in church and Bible study evenings–so do not think of others as hypocrites or hold yourself out as an example.
Give the credit for any good that you may do to God and to God’s blessing. You will find it a blessing to talk with Bible study members about the Christian life: but not sensationalism like argumentative opinions…
This may be called being accountable–being open to share your views or any misgivings and weaknesses.
14. Practice what you preach…
Jesus gives us a very good example in Matthew 7:3-5 “Why do you look at the speck
of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there
is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
15. Help people.
Volunteering is a great place to start for a Christian who is sure or unsure of what God wants them to do.
Your call to help others might be to go into the ministry to share God’s word, you might
feel called to gather school supplies for disadvantaged Youth in your community or your calling might be to remain a faithful, honest employee where you work.
It might also b to take care of those who are in need but : “Do not to do it out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others”.
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