You decide the kind of Christian you want to be. If you want to be a lazy Christian with poor results in the instructions given to you by the Lord Jesus Christ, there are many opportunities to be that way but if you want to be an effective Christian, never flagging in zeal and always fervent in the spirit, serving the Lord, there are also many opportunities to be that way.
It matters what you spend your time doing, a second spent is a second gone, you can’t get that second anymore, so why not spend your time wisely. Remember the only reason God left you here on earth afer you got saved is so that you can influence others and cause a positive change in their lives through his word. Discipline yourself in the kind of friends you keep, what you spend majority of your time doing(don’t spend six hours of your day watching movies, that is six hours gone that can never be gotten again!) And how well you relate with others, responding in love.
Make up your mind to be the best for God. Be the kind of Christian he expects you to be: patient, kind, fervent, loving others.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
The new creation is born of God’s word and has the holy Spirit living inside of him. The bible says the holy Ghost is at work in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure, Philippians 2:13. Wow, in the old covenant, God told the children of Isreal that if they would be willing and obedient, they would eat the good of the land, Isaiah 1:19. Their prosperity was hinged on their choice to be willing and obedient, but as the years passed God saw that the people could not keep to the terms of the covenant, so he said:
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
These were the terms of the new covenant, and he said he would put his Spirit within them that would cause them to walk in his statutes. Over here for the new creation, (i.e. the man with a new heart and a new spirit) he says he is at work in you not just to do his good pleasure but to will it also!!! So what God likes becomes what you like!
Today, live every second with the consciousness that: “God is at work in me, when I laugh, while I eat even when I play, God is at work in me. He is working in me that I would work for him, therefore I am a success, I cannot fail because God is at work in me, I definitely would eat the good of the land!”
Obviously, it is already too late for you to fail!
The entrance of God’s word giveth light, Psalm 119:130. Light signifies solution, stability, ideas and life. The presence of death or loss is amplified by darkness, but the presence of life is amplified by light for God is light the bible says.
There could be darkness in the area of health, a job project, getting a spouse, gaining admission into school, such darkness that signifies confusion and dissatisfaction. To dispel that darkness you need light, and the entrance of God’s word into your heart would bring light into your spirit, maybe there was something you didn’t understand about your project or about your body, the bible says the entrance of God’s words would not only bring light but would give you understanding and don’t forget the bible says that God’s word is medicine,
The word comes into you in oneness when you spend time fellowshipping with the word, diligently going through the scriptures and spending time meditating on them, by doing such you let the word soak into you faith and hope and love and allow it dispel all fears, and uncertainties and unbeliefs.
Learn to stay on God’s word, in him is life!
The entrance of thy words giveth light;
it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Learn to see the best in others, ignore those things that ‘displeases’ you about other people and train yourself to only see the best part in people. This applies not just to individuals but to different ‘companies’, for example assume you go for a meeting, most likely a church meeting and you didn’t enjoy the sermon, but you really enjoyed the choir ministration, when you come out of the service, don’t talk about the sermon instead joy yourself in the choir ministration that blessed you so much, and if you are invited by someone to talk about the sermon, simply run!
Practise seeing the best in others, till you learn to see lesser faults in people you would find it difficult to walk in love towards others and your fellow brethren and that means you are not yet the best, because walking in love is the highet call of the believer: walking in love towards unbelievers and towards believers.
Learn to speak the best about others, the bible says speak evil of no man, Titus 3:2, meaning do not speak evil of unbelievers, believers or even the president of the country. This is an instruction from the holy Ghost, so make up your mind that you would learn to see the best and to speak the best in others and about others.
Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
If you found a child amongst bullies in school, you would most likely immediately reach out and deliver him from the hands of those bullies. If you found out that your younger nephew was entering a business that you knew his associates were fraudsters and their intentions were to cheat him off his money, you would immediately reach out and deliver him. If you found a twelve years old girl trapped in a room with no food for two days, you would immediately reach out and deliver her.
In this world you have many vices, diseases, economic instabilities, immoralities etc. There are enough problems in the world, to give a man good reasons to commit suicide. But hallelujah, the bible says Jesus has delivered us from this present evil world, he didn’t say he will deliver us from this present evil world or he has delivered us from the evil world to come, but he used the past tense, we have been delivered from this present evil world. Meaning he has delivered us from the sickness, frustration, economic instabilities of this world. We have been delivered already, this is one reason why as a child of God, you must learn to refuse sickness in your body, you must learn to refuse failure in your life.
If a man had been set free from jail and declared not guilty, he should refuse anybody who wants to drag him back there because he doesn’t belong there. You don’t belong in this world anymore, you have been called out of this world, out of its pain that’s why you can be sent to minister to the world, because you are no longer suffering with them and thus you can show them that it is possible to live a life above pains, sicknesses, sin etc. 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
Refuse failure. Refuse poverty. Refuse sickness. Stand out. Square your shoulders. Live life like the king that you are. You are victorious already!
Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, (he already gave himself, thus we are delivered already!) according to the will of God and our Father:
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
It is interesting to observe that the Spirit of God tells us that we are of God, “ye are of God…” doesn’t mean you are on God’s side, he is telling you your origin as a new creation. Once you received salvation, the bible tells us that the old things passed away, thus you can no longer trace your origin to your great grandpa, you have been cut off from that natural line and you are now born again, not by any human force but by the power of God’s word!
This is one reason why you shouldn’t suffer like the natural man would suffer, no more ancestral curses, blood diseases, bad traits and behaviours, hereditary diseases or even contagious ailment. You no longer belong in this world’s system of doing things, you have been cut off and your origin can only be traced back to God.
Thus you are expected to think God’s thoughts about every situation and live victoriously as God’s own everyday, refusing with your words to be subject to penury, sickness, failure and anything that contradicts God’s word concerning you!
God’s principles are meant to be followed even though you are the ‘second born’ in Christ! You live a victorious life by your actions not your intentions. For example, suppose a lady teacher walks into the toddler class and notices a spoilt switch box, that has all its connection wires out, meaning that if any toddler mistakenly touches the wire, that baby would be electrocuted, so the teacher in other to prevent that from happening rushes over to the spoilt box and lays her hands on the wires to protect the children.
Although her intentions were right- which was to protect the children, she would still be electrocuted because she acted against the law of electricity. She would get results based on her actions not her intentions. This applies to the kingdom of heaven, it’s not enough to have a good intention to give towards the kingdom, it’s not enough to just wish you could heal the sick, you must learn to act according to God’s principles for giving and healing which are: you give what you have in faith and you lay your hands on the sick respectively.
Search the scriptures diligently and find out those principles that operate in our kingdom, so that you can live a life of absolute victories. Remember good intentions are not enough.
For because ye did it not at the first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.