October's "Encouraging Word" - Downtown Jimmie Hale Mission, Inc.

 

by Tony Cooper, Executive Director (for Birmingham Christian Family magazine)

STRENGTHENING YOUR CHRISTIAN WALK

The term “Christian walk” refers to one living out their faith. It involves one’s daily lifestyle and includes personal belief system, behavior, and conversation. The hymn Trust and Obey says it best; “When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word what a glory He sheds on our way. When we do His good will, He abides with us still and with all who will trust and obey.”

I want to mention three things that will strengthen our Christian Walk. They are to be submissive, sensitive and serious.

Submission means to yield to the power or authority of another; to be humbly obedient. James 4:7 says, “Submit therefore to God.” I Peter 5:16 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.”

We are to submit our wills to God’s will. Jesus said in Matthew 16:24 that one would have to “deny himself.” John the Baptist said that “he must decrease that Jesus might increase.” And Jesus, in His prayer in the Garden, said, “not my will, but Thy will be done.” The Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:1, to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice,” and in Galatians 2:20 said that, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”

We also need to be sensitive to God’s leading. Sensitive means to be easily affected; highly responsive; attentive. As Christ-followers we need to be attentive and responsive to the Holy Spirit’s direction. I Corinthians 3:16 says, “…you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you.” Ephesians 5:18 adds, “…be filled with the Spirit,” while Galatians 5:16 says, “…walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”

We need to remain serious as we serve God. Serious is to be sincere; characterized by deep thought, somber disposition, and focus. Jesus instructs Christians to stay focused on Him; to follow Him; and to be faithful. This requires discipline, dedication, and determination.

How we live is important. Our lifestyle reflects what we believe. Make sure your Christian Walk is strengthened by submission to God’s will, sensitivity to God’s leading, and remains serious about serving God!

 

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