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THE MORAL LIFESTYLE
A SIMPLE LIFE
The man of God remains the medium through which God communicates His blessings to His people. For this reason, there are values and lifestyle a minister should lead by. To whom much is given, much is expected. What’s the purpose of living a Christian lifestyle? Choosing to make Jesus Christ the Lord of our life changes our lifestyle dramatically. Friendships, activities, and even health issues receive careful evaluation. While we formulate reasons for the way we live our Christian lives, God’s purpose for our lives through His ministers never changes.
Are there specific guidelines that constitute the lifestyle of a Christian? To what degree do we shape our choices so we maintain a Christian lifestyle? “Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do. In Romans 12:2, it reads; do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…
What are the outward and inward evidence of a Christian lifestyle? You can present an outward appearance of holiness and yet still live an unholy life.
Matthew 23:25-27 says; woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which looks beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.
To live as a Christian requires having the character of Christ. A transformation must occur, as a result of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, Galatians 5:24-25.
If we practice a Christian lifestyle genuinely, the inward evidence becomes obvious to everyone around us. We should live to ring glory to the name of Christ, and not shame. Yes, we all have weaknesses, but in our weaknesses, God gives us strength to carry on.
Hebrews 4:15-16 says; “This High Priest [Jesus Christ] of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it”.
We need not worry about our weaknesses, because in it we are made strong daily, by the help of the Holy Spirit. As Christians, there are practical exercises we need to carry out, to help us grow from strength to strength, they include;
- Reading the Bible Daily
The Bible is God’s Word. It is an inspired instruction manual for us. A good place to start is in the New Testament with the Gospel of Luke. The book of Acts is a great follow up; it contains the exciting story of how Christ’s disciples spread the Good News about His death, burial and resurrection. As you read, I pray that God grants you great understanding and wisdom. Think about what you read: study and analyze it. Write down questions you have and ask a mature Christian to help clarify your understanding.
- Pray without ceasing
The importance of fervent prayer cannot be over emphasized. Prayer is the key to unlock Heavens access to limitless possibilities. When you pray, give heed to the Holy Spirit to give you direction on what to pray. This becomes easy only when you pray in tongues. Sometimes, when we pray, we run short of words, and the only way we can revive prayer points is to go into the realm of tongues.
- Depend on the Holy Spirit
The Bible teaches that now that you have chosen to follow Christ, the Holy Spirit actually lives within you (Romans 5:5; John 14:16-17). The Holy Spirit will teach you, guide you, and strengthen you in times of need.
- Attend Church Regularly
It is important to also have connections with other Christians. It is generally known that iron sharpens iron. Likewise, we too need the fellowship of other believers to keep our faith vibrant and growing. The Church is a place where you can worship God and make Him the focus of your life.
- Conquer Unbelief
At times you may doubt the reality of your Christianity. Perhaps you have failed or surrendered repeatedly to temptation. I was in that level when I doubted my life as a Christian. I knew I was not saved because of how good of a person I am, but by putting my trust in what Christ has already done for me. Trust the truth found in God’s Word over your own subjective feelings.
- Learn How to Deal with Temptation
Anybody who has decided to live a true Christian life can’t escape temptation. Temptation is a part of life. You do not, however, have to yield to temptation to sin. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 10:13, God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.
Be prepared to flee when it comes, I Timothy 6:11 says; But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
Learn to Tell Others About Jesus
Sharing with others about your new life in Jesus by word or by action can be one of the most satisfying and exciting experiences you have ever had. I feel glad when I speak to people about Jesus. I usually do this when I’m on a journey. I could start with “Praise God” and to my surprise, everyone responds “Hallelujah”. It is good to be a Christian by laying examples for others to follow.