Staying Alive

“Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord;,”  Prov 8:34-35

Introduction

It is imperative for God’s elect who are established in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to stay alive in Christ.  Staying alive will keep one strong, safe from the enemy and catapult us to victory.  The secret to our future is hidden.  Where can we find this hidden secret ?  It is found in our daily  routine.  Staying alive in Christ is determined on what we do on a daily basis.  If God’s elect is sowing to their flesh the results will never be what we want.

However, if God’s elect is sowing to the Spirit, they will become stronger and stronger in Christ.  An anointed daily routine produces glorious result. 

Listed below are some habitual things God’s elect can do to stay alive in Christ.

  1. To stay alive, we ought to feed our spirit Mt 4:4

This verse says we cannot live on just food for our body – we need food for our spirit, too.  To stay alive God’s elect must know the reality and severity of the works of the devil and understand the importance of developing a strong spirit to resist him.  We need daily to feed on God’s Word to stand on top of every trial in our victory stance.

  1. To stay alive, we ought to build our faith 1 Sam 30:6

Faith is our responsibility.  It isn’t God, it isn’t Ps Paul’s and it isn’t your neighbors.  The only one who can guarantee a strong faith is YOU.  God has given us the tools we need to develop a strong faith in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. The kind of faith that moves mountains, skeets the mouth of lions, quenches the fiery flame, turns weakness to strength and put the whole armies to flight.  How do you build that kind of faith? Hearing the Word of God again and again.  Just as with natural muscles, repetition is a key to building strong faith.

  1. To stay alive, we ought to speak the Word Prov 18:21

The Bible says in essence, “you are what you speak”  Mark 11:23  Staying alive in Christ cause us to speak the Word and only the Word over our lives and the lives of those around us.  We know it is often a matter of life and death.  By putting God’s Word in our heart daily, speaking the Word will become our knee-jerk reaction to any situation, which means we will react with an automatic predictable response – Faith.  When trial comes our way, don’t become the proverbial bump on a log and let the devil have the final word – talk back!

  1. To stay alive, we ought to control our thought life Josh 1:8

Is our thought life healthy or toxic?  The mind, spirit and body are interconnected – our thoughts affect our words, which then affects our health, prosperity, joy, peace and every other area of life.  Thoughts are real things – they occupy real estate in our brain.  Bring all thoughts into captivity in Christ.  Our brain is designed to do that.  When we do, our brain start operating correctly.  2 Cor 10:5  To bring every thought into captivity, begin focusing on what we are thinking about.  Resist negative thoughts and replace them with the Word of God.  We can become a master of thought domination by meditating on the Word of God.  To meditate means we don’t just hear it – we focus and contemplate  on it. That is how we enlarge our capacity for faith.

  1. To stay alive, we ought to anchor our hearts through praise Ps 34:1

Do we know praise is a language?  It is a language of faith and a language of receiving.  A strong believer is fluent in praise.  That is why we are called to bless the Lord at all times.  No matter what is happening in our lives, we have countless reasons to thank Him for what He has done, what He is doing and what He will do.  Praise is an act of faith. There is a connection between praise and strength. Praise puts us in position and produces spiritual strength.

  1. To stay alive, we ought to pray in the Spirit Jude 20

A strong believer knows the importance of keeping his spiritual battery charged.  When we pray in the Spirit, we edify ourselves, which means to improve or uplift.  It strengthens our spirit and builds us up in our faith.  It takes us into the spiritual realm and opens the door to revelation knowledge, wisdom, instruction and encouragement.

  1. To stay alive, we ought to get rid of baggage Heb 12:1

Streamlining.  The ultimate goal in streamlining is optimum performance and a victorious outcome.  When God told us to strip off every weight that slows us down, “He was telling us to streamline our lives so that we can enjoy optimum victory in our pursuit in Christ.  What kind of baggage are we carrying today?  Worry, anxiety, stress or fear?  Maybe it is a habit of sin that we haven’t removed or unforgiveness that has been festering for years.  Whatever it is, make the decision to get rid of it today.  It is slowing you down.  Take off anything that is hindering you and run your race to victory.

Conclusion

Beloved, the Gospel of God’s Righteousness is not a lazy man’s gospel.  We cannot stay alive by being lazy, sleeping late, not reading the Bible, not attending church regularly, not tithing.  Prov 13:4 alludes “the appetite of the sluggard craves and gets nothing but the appetite of the diligent is abundantly supplied.”

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