Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Secret of a Successful Christian Life

It seems that often we are looking for the “secret” to some success. There are books entitled, “The Secret to a Happy Marriage,” or “The Secret to a Long Life.” Some Christians look high and low to find the secret to living the Christian life. People waste a lot of time investigating techniques or plans for spiritual growth. The real secret is that there is no secret. The essential ingredients for successful Christian living are few, very old, and well known. Here's the way I would express them using the words of Scripture:

1. Read the Word carefully and often. 1 Timothy 4:13 – Till I come give attention to reading.
Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.

2. Study the Word diligently. 2 Timothy2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

3. Memorize it and meditate on it. Psalm 119:11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.

4. Pray often and about everything. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
Romans 12:12 ....continuing steadfast in prayer.

5. Worship, pray and fellowship regularly with other Christians. Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

I believe those are the core activities that will strengthen and develop anyone in their walk with Christ. Take a good look at your life and ask yourself if you are engaged regularly, diligently, and consistently in each of these activities. Your answer will give you a clue as to the health of your Christian life.

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