Today, we are going to talk briefly about how we can strive to live a holy life.
In His Word, God has told us that we are to "walk" by faith. This means that we are to count on what we are in Christ. The Bible says, "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him."
When we see that we are "holy in Christ," we ought to become holy in our everyday life. When we see that we are "saints in Christ Jesus" we ought to begin to live as saints should live. When we see that we are truly "the children of God," we ought to begin to live as children of God should live. As we count on what we are in Christ, the Holy Spirit makes it real in our life.
One of the secrets of a strong Christian life is a daily "Quiet Time." This is a time spent alone with God in the study of His Word and in prayer. Here are some suggestions that will help you to form the habit of a daily Quiet Time.
1. Time and Place. Choose a time that is good for you. Early morning is the best time for most people. Choose a place where you can be alone. This might mean getting up in the morning before everyone else in the family. After you choose a time and place, stick to them.
2. The Bible. Have a plan for reading. Read the Gospel of John first. After you have finished John, begin with the Gospel of Matthew and read right through the whole New Testament. As you open your Bible to read, first close your eyes and talk to God. Confess your sins; ask Him to speak to your heart through His Word as you read it. Remember that you are in His presence.
3. Prayer. After reading and listening for God to speak to your heart through His Word, take time to pray. Thank Him for His word to you; thank Him for His blessings—name them, one by one. Thank Him for the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all sins..
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