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Growing in faith

As you made a decision to trust Jesus as your Savior, you were born into God’s family. You have been given a new life. The old ways of thinking and behaving are gone and you have become a new creation in Christ Jesus.

When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! (2Cor.5:17 TLB)

Christians are called to live this new life in this world. This world is not permanent and everything except death is uncertain here. We are on a journey from and through this world into another, which is undying. There are mountains and valleys, storms and whirlwinds but we have a trustworthy guide who promised to stay with us through thick and thin and lead us through. We trust the promises in His Word.

Study God’s Word

The Bible is to Christians like the compass to the traveler. We need to study it closely and refer to it frequently to be able to make the right choices. It is the light that keeps us from stumbling in the dark trails of life.

“Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me and keep me from stumbling.” (Psa.119:105 NLT)

We need to read, study, meditate up on and live by the Word of God. It requires deliberate effort and determination. There will be numerous other things that may cause you to give up on your commitment to follow God’s ways and His will. Remember, this is a priority in Christian life. Psalm 119 describes in detail the significance of God’s Word in the life of a Christian.

“How can a young man stay pure? By reading your Word and following its rules…. I have thought much about your words and stored them in my heart so that they would hold me back from sin.” (Psa.119: 9, 11 NLT)

The Word of God is the food for our soul and without regular intake of it we will be susceptible to all sorts of spiritual ills. God’s Word is the spiritual sword that can help us in our defense against the attacks of the enemy. “So use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is all over, you will still be standing up….And you will need the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit—which is the Word of God.” (Eph.6:10-17 NLT) Remember Jesus used it against the devil when He was tempted.

Follow a plan from among the various Bible study plans available. The most important thing is to do it. The Holy Spirit is the author of the Bible and He will be the best teacher. “But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you.” (Jn.14:26 CEV)

As you study His Word make sure to obey whatever God tells you. Bible study without obedience is of no value.

Talk to God in Prayer

As you listen to God through His Word, talk to Him in prayer. Worship Him and praise Him for who He is and what He has done. Thank Him for all the benefits you have received. Confess to Him any sin in your life and thank Him for the forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Ask Him for your needs and intercede for the needs of others. Claim the promises in His Word and trust Him to lead you and guide you.

Remember, this is not a religious ritual. This is the communication between you and your Heavenly Father. As His child you have the freedom to directly talk to God and as the Father He loves to hear you.

Worship God with other Christians

You cannot keep a fire burning for long with just one log of wood. But when you have several logs put together the fire keeps burning bright. Similarly, the gathering of Christians for worship, study and prayer is inevitable because it brings glory to God and encouragement to one another. Join other Christians and worship God in a local church where God’s Word is preached and taught.

Talk to others about Christ

Tell your friends and family what God has done for you and how trusting Jesus has changed your life. This will make you strong in faith and also bring glory to God.

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Get back on the track

In the eighteenth year of his reign, after he had purified the land and the Temple, Josiah appointed Shaphan son of Azaliah, Maaseiah the governor of Jerusalem, and Joah son of Joahaz, the royal historian, to repair the Temple of the Lord his God….

While they were bringing out the money collected at the Lord’s Temple, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord that was written by Moses. (2Chr.34:1-18 NLB)

The Christian communities around the world have slipped into a kind of sluggishness. Many have lost the joy of their salvation, struggling to cope up with the world. Several have succumbed to the temptation of following the crowd. The demarcation between them and the world has faded away. The Church has been compromising on the teachings of the Word of God to satisfy those who are trying to satisfy their own flesh. There is more of mammon worship than worship of the true God. (But, glory be to God, there is a remnant spread all over the world, that still honor God and follow His Word.)

There is only one way to experience the joy of the Lord-get back into the fellowship. That is why there is a constant call from God to His wayward children to return to Him. Some of the ancient rulers reinforced this in their kingdom. One of such was king Josiah of Judah. He ascended the throne as an eight year old lad but he desired to follow the Lord like his forefather David. So he destroyed everything in his life and the life of the nation that was an abomination to the Lord.

Get rid of whatever is detesting to the Lord

It is not a literal instruction to the Church today. This does not mean that you go around destroying others’ property, attack religious places or cause inconvenience to others. We need to understand the principle. How do we decide? Go to His Word. As you read and meditate the Spirit will convince you of things in your own life that need to be thrown out or destroyed. Just obey. There is nothing more pleasing to God than to see His children obey Him, because obedience comes out of trust. Josiah did just that. A cleansing is required before the joy of the Lord can reclaim our lives.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. (1Cor.3:16-17 NIV)

Repair and Restore the Temple

The temple of God represents the worship of God. The worship of God has been interrupted, lost its meaning or perhaps stopped in your life. This needs immediate attention, repair and restoration. When the worship of the Lord is restored the glory of the Lord will continue to descend up on the temple in such a way that others would see it.

Seek the Law of the Lord

The restoration of worship will naturally lead to the rediscovery of God’s book of Law, the Bible. The high priest discovered the book of the Law and introduced it to the  king and officials. That revolutionized the lives of the people. Though it did not last for long before the king died and people slipped back into sin, the principle for restoration and spiritual growth remains the same.

Rid your life of every sin. Don’t try to define your actions or justify them. The simple formula is to keep away from whatever that raises a doubt or question in your mind. Read the Bible, meditate on it. Follow the Law of the Lord. And when you fall, gather yourself up and get back on the track as early as possible.