As I watch the lives of many Christians, it is appalling how less impact there’s among those we interact with. Walking with God and serving him requires denial, commitment, vision, wisdom, and wealth. Below, you will find seven powerful principles that will make your Christian life relevant.
1. Understanding the source and nature of temptations.
One thing to have it settled in your heart is that as long as you serve the Lord, Satan will tempt you, to frustrate your Christian living. The Lord may test us but he cannot tempt us with evil, this should be very clear in your heart and mind. To have victory in our daily Christian living, it is advantageous to know exactly what’s happening in our lives.
What’s the impact of what we’re facing, is it driving us to our knees or away from God? Is it producing in us love, patience, faith, peace, steadfastness or are we overtaking by worry, restlessness and unbelief? These questions must be answered if we desire to overcome our temptation? Understand which one is a test and which is temptation, also what is the nature of the situation as you best can see it.
2. Have understanding of the quality of God’s gift.
Christian living is affected by what’s going on around us and the personal issues we’re engaged in. To avert any burn out tendency, it’s important to evaluate God’s gifts to us, such as grace, mercy, peace, salvation, joy and a lot of others. The more you focus on what the Lord has made available to us, the less you will be distracted in your Christian life. We must carefully weigh what we’ve receive by the authority of the written word. See Luke 11:10-13 and Proverbs 10:22.
3. Be ready to listen than to speak
The Bible says that the more words we speak the more propensities to sin. It’s better to be silent sometimes than live the rest of your Christian life apologizing for what you said: “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles” (Proverbs 21:23, KJV). Even in prayer it’s appropriate to listen and give the Lord opportunity to speak to our spirit. You don’t have to be always the one speaking, you’ll gain more by listening.
4. Practice living the Word
A great deal of the lack of power, faith and fruitfulness in our lives result from not acting upon the word of God. The word of God must govern our actions. There’s no sense of hearing the word and not apply it to our Christian living. The word’s power is revealed by application, try it you’ll be amazed.
5. Personal Assessment
How do you measure up with the word of God, do you obey it, excuse it or happy to live it out? We’re called to take stock of our lives making sure that we’re still standing in our faith. So much goes on around us that we can be caught up by the web of events not knowing that we’ve been drawn away from the calling. When you examine your life in the light of the word of God, you’re able to make the necessary amendments that will put you back on track in the will of God.
6. Exhibit bowel of compassion
The principle of compassion is so much neglected in our Christian lives today. Jesus was moved by compassion all the time before ministering to the multitudes. The lack of compassion in the Christian lives denies the necessary sources that could impact others. It’s written, “Finally be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering for evil, or railing for railing: but contrary wise blessing, knowing that ye are thereunto calleth that ye should inherit a blessing” (I Peter 3:8-9, KJV). There you have it loud and clear.
7. Be sensitive and holy
Be sensitive to the nudging of the Holy Ghost and your treatment of others. The Christian life is iced by sacrifice. It’s important to take others into consideration as we live out our faith, and endeavor by God’s grace to be holy in our spirit. Without a life of holiness, we’ll not see the Lord, therefore be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you and where he is leading you.
Remember you’re the salt to the world, you supply flavor and taste to the bitter lives of the people around you. Make your Christian life, that light that shines from the top of the mountain and the Lord will be well pleased in and through you.