Saturday, December 16, 2006

Four R's of the Consistant Christian Life

One of the saddest plagues to infect our modern day Christianity is the lack of consistency. Many Christians in our fundamental churches are on and off, up and down, hot and cold, there one Sunday and gone the next. This lack of consistency is one thing that is hindering revival. This weakened testimony also hinders others from coming to the Lord, as we have no power in our Gospel witness - this is contrary to what the Lord commanded us to do. Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

What is needed to bring about consistency in the Christian life???
  1. Relationship with the Lord - This is the most important aspect in building consistency. Insure that your relationship to the Lord is everything that God wants it to be.
  2. Resolve - We as Christians must resolve everyday that we are going to live our lives according to the word of God. We must resolve in our heart that on a daily basis we are going to die to self and live as unto the Lord. Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Resolving for the right will keep us from wallowing in the wrong!
  3. Reproduction in our Christian service - We must purpose, not simply promise, to reproduce our faith in the form of service. All believers must find out what God wants them to do and then do it. Rom. 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. We must be busy in the service of the King!
  4. Resilency - In order to be and to remain consistent in our Christian lives, we must be resilent against the attacks of the Devil. Regardless of what the enemy might throw at us we must display resilency in the face of it. Without it we are out of the battle and become a victim rather than a victor. Be resilent at all costs, for remember - 1 John 4:4 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.

I believe that by applying these four principles we as believers can live a victorious Christian life and not only be consistent but also remain consistent. The only really useful Christian is a consistent Christian. Don't give the devil the upper hand - stay consistent and keep him on the defensive.


Anonymous Nicholas Cardot said...

The truth is that I need more of every one of your four R's. This is a convincting post. It is very true that Christians lack consistancy for Christ! Thank you for this post.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Bro. Nicholas,

Thanks for the words of encouragement... we as Christians need to pray for one another that we will stay consistant for our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ...

7:37 AM  

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