~ 7 Keys to a Constant Christian Life ~
Live In Constant Joy ~ “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22). One day there will be complete fulfillment, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
Live In Constant Prayer ~ “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). “Then He [Jesus] spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1-2).
Live In Constant Thanksgiving ~ “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Live In Constant Response to the Holy Spirit ~ “Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19 ).
Live In Constant Attention to Testimony [Lifestyle] ~ “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” (1 Thessalonians 5:19, NIV). “Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit; Do not spurn the gifts and utterances of the prophets [do not depreciate prophetic revelations nor despise inspired instruction or exhortation or warning]” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-20, Amplified Version). “Don't suppress the Spirit, and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-20, The Message).
Live In Constant Search for Good ~ “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-21). “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
Live In Constant Purity ~ “Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22). Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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