LIVING THE ‘LIFE’
August 30, 2009

 

   There are so many ‘key’ verses of scripture within the New Testament teaching us how to ‘live’ and ‘walk’ the Christian life that it seems impossible to say that one scripture tells us everything we need to know in order to live the Christian life that will please the Lord.

   Galatians 2:20 Here is a great verse that can capture what we need in order to be the Christian God expects us to be. It talks of the life we now must live with Christ as our Master, but there is another verse that covers even more, a verse whereby God tells us exactly how we must Live the Life.

   * COLOSSIANS 2:6* As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him:

   What Paul is telling us is this, now that we are saved, we are to live the Christian life exactly in the same manner by which we got saved in the first place.

   Ephesians 2:8-9 We all get saved the same way, by the Grace of God through faith in His Word. Our salvation was not by anything we did or can do, but everything was done as a gift by God for us because of  His love.

 

FAITH

 

   The word faith means - to trust, to have confidence, to totally believe - WEBSTER.

   I Corinthians 2:14 Before we were saved we could not understand the things of God.

   I Peter 1:23 One day someone presented the Gospel message to us and we were born again.

   Romans 10:17 By listening to teaching and preaching our faith began to increase as promised.

 

HUNGER

 

   The word hunger means - to strongly desire, to have a strong need for, to crave - WEBSTER.

   I Peter 2:2 The Apostle Peter knew that new Christians needed to be treated as babies and needed to have the proper diet in order to get them growing into mature believers.

   Hebrews 5:14 The writer of Hebrews tells us that the deeper things in the bible are for those that have grown into mature Christians by reading and hearing the Word of God continuously.

   Romans 12:2 Paul wrote that Christians are not to conform to the world standards but are to be transformed through a renewal process of their minds.

   II Timothy 2:15 Paul instructed Timothy that in order to be a good student of the Word, it would take time and effort (work) in the study of scripture to be able to discern Gods Word.

 

ZEAL                  

 

   The word zeal means - to have fervor, to have great enthusiasm, to be furious - WEBSTER.

   Ecclesiastes 9:10 Solomon gives a profound but obvious observation regarding life and death.

   I Corinthians 14:12 Paul tells us that our zeal or enthusiasm should be toward Christ’s church.

   II Timothy 1:6 Paul is reminding Timothy of the ‘gift’ God has given him and trying to get Timothy excited about his service toward God.

   Revelation 3:19 Jesus attempts to get His church excited about repentance and righteousness.

 

JOY

    The word joy means - Gladness, delight’ great pleasure - WEBSTER.

   Jeremiah 15:16 The Word of God should cause us to have the joy of gladness in our heart.

   Luke 15:4-6 When we first was saved, our joy of winning souls was indescribable.

   John 4:36 The pleasure of sowing and reaping souls for God should never grow dim.