Four Ways To Use The Gospel In Your Life
There are four basic ways for Christians to have the strength to carry on in a world of temptation and chaos. These four things that Christian can do will help them in any circumstances they find themselves in.
These are 1. Faith, 2. Prayer, 3. Read/Study the Scriptures and 4. Live the Gospel.
These activities are not designed to convert you to Christianity. It is assumed you are a Christian and are looking for a way to apply your Christian beliefs in a way that will strengthen you and comfort you in life.
Jesus Christ and his teachings that we learn from the Holy Bible can provide both a shelter for protection against the storms of life and a warm blanket to keep you warm in the dark coldness of life.
Let’s look at each one of these things to see how they can make a difference in your life as a Christian.
Faith is believing in something unseen, which is true. When you exercise that belief in an unseen Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit gives you good feelings inside which were not there before you started to exercise faith in him.
As you process those wonderful feelings it strengthens your faith and then you believe even more in him and the feelings become greater and then a snow ball effect takes place where you exercise great faith in the Lord because of the wonderful feeling you receive.
Many Christians experience a degree of faith that gives them a warm fuzzy as they find the Savior but this warm feeling is fleeting over time and without the proper nourishment, their faith fades away. It takes continued effort to keep faith alive and to keep it burning in your soul. In fact these four items combined will do just that, keep faith alive and growing.
Having a vibrant faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ gives you internal strength and provides perspective in your life. These aspects of life can give you strength to face adversity that mortality surely will provide you with.
It may seem a little strange to say that using faith will give you more faith but it is true along with adding prayer, bible study and living the gospel daily.
I think it is safe to say that faith is the first and most basic building block of living and Christian life and getting blessed by living that type of life style.
Prayer is the prescribed way of talking to God in the name of Jesus Christ. You can talk to Heavenly Father in a more formal prayer of kneeling down and talking out loud to him. However, since God knows the thoughts of your mind and the intents of your heart, you can talk to him from your mind and heart in a silent prayer.
You should try to get in as many formal prayers to him in a day as you reasonably can. You can pray anytime your mind is awake and able to communicate thoughts. Sometimes blessings are held in reserve until you ask for them as a way to teach us humility knowing that the source of our blessings is God.
In our prayers between us and the Lord you can say anything you want. I would suggest that giving thanks for all your blessings is very important. Gratitude is important in showing that we acknowledge God as the source from which all blessings come from.
We can ask God to bless us for any righteous desires we have. Obviously we would not ask Heavenly Father to help us be successful in robbing the local convenience store or to not get caught cheating on an exam.
We can pray for Gods blessings on those around us as well as ask for good health, strength and protection for ourselves and family. I can’t think of any righteous desire that would be off-limits.
We do need to watch for the answers to our prayers as they may come to us in ways we may not expect.
We start our lifetime journey with the Lord by exercising faith in him. It becomes our eternal goal to be with him. But it can’t stand on simple faith alone. We need to learn eternal behaviors approved of by the Lord himself. We do this by reading the Holy Bible. Then as we learn new things in the bible we ask Heavenly Father how to apply them to our lives and then we act upon that new information. Which brings us to living the gospel in the last section of this article.
LIVE THE GOSPEL
What does it mean to live the gospel? It means to apply what we learn through faith, prayer and the Bible. We need to apply these teachings to our everyday life. We need to learn to forgive others their trespasses against us. We need to learn what the commandments of God are and live by them. We need to learn about repentance and how the bible teaches us the need to repent.
Faith or simply believing in Jesus Christ isn’t enough for salvation or bettering ourselves before God. We need to change the way we live to conform to Gods ways. We learn these things by daily reading the gospel and then prayerfully determine how to adapt our life to meet with the demands of divinely taught truths of the Bible. As we live our lives by applying the gospel to our every thought and every action we will be richly blessed by Heavenly Father and we will bless the lives of those around us.
Doing all this along with continuing to exercise our faith, pray continuously, read and apply the biblical teachings to our lives along with living our lives according to divinely inspired truth we can receive great spiritual strength and peace that can only come from God.
Troy Wagstaff ©