HOW WE ARE TO WALK AS CHRISTIANS?
Pastor Lewis Cushman.
Sunday Morning. St. Cloud Church of God.
Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. 1 Thessalonians 4:1
WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT:
There are many things different about us. The way we look, the way we sneeze, the way we dress, the way we act, the way we eat, the way we talk, even the way we walk. Some walk on their toes, some bow legged, son have knocking knees, some walk still legged, some have a lot of swinging, some with hands in their pockets, some like they are in a marching band. We all walk differently. But when it comes to spiritual walking there is one walk that Christians need to walk. That is to walk with the goal of pleasing the Lord. If we believe that Jesus is coming back then we should walk like a Christian.
Q: WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT WALKING LIKE A CHRISTIAN?
1-For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
1 Thessalonians 4:2-7
2- This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. Ephesians 4: 17-19
3- For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Ephesians 5:8
1- WHEN YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN, YOU ARE TO WALK A LIFE OF HOLINESS.
“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” 1 Thessalonians 4:7
Ask yourself, if unsaved people see me do this will they think I am a Christian or a non Christian?
Don't be a stumbling block to those around you.
Let you light shine.
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
We should not live like the world lives.
2- WHEN YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN, YOU ARE TO WALK A LIFE OF OBEDIENCE.
Some people want to live however they want to live. They pick and choose what verses to follow and forget the rest. Some live self-centered and only care about what can benefit themselves. To please God we need to know what he wants us to do in our life. When Christians learn that the scriptures are commands and not suggestions, then they will see change in their life. The bible is full commandments. What can you do when you hear the bible? Two things you can do..
A – Connect with what it says and apply it to your own life.
B – Ignore it and pretend you did not hear it.
One of this will lead to success the other to peril. It is up to you.
A youth leader takes his group to skate... They kept changing their skates. No more... One kid looked like he was in pain. Two left feet.. Why did you not tell me. Here is a person who knows how to obey.
If we as Christians could understand obeying.
3- WHEN YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN, YOU ARE TO WALK A LIFE OF LOVE.
The call that God has put on our life is one of love.
“But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;”
1 Thessalonians 4:9-10
Q: Are you showing love?
If we have love we will have unity.
If you can't stand certain people in church then you might want to change that stinkin thinkin.
Q: Do you know how to show love?
Q: What would happen to us if God did not love us?
Q: How would we be saved?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35
We should show love, not hate and spite. God is love. Love is a fruit of the Spirit.
Jesus showed love even though... One loved him, One betrayed him, and One forsook him.
When they were discussing who was the greatest, Jesus washed their feet.
A very affluent church up town that had it all, except love for each other. The biggest problem was amongst the deacons, who was going to be the greatest. The pastor called them and had them sit in a circle. The pastor came and washed their feet, they were shocked to see the pastor do such a thing. He did that to them all. They confessed their sin and revival came to the church. If you love someone you will do anything for them.
HOW ARE YOU WALKING YOUR CHRISTIAN WALK TODAY?
Some day judgment WILL come and we WILL stand before God and if you never asked God for forgiveness then you will be judged according to your works, none will be saved by works, salvation is a gift from God. But if you trusted God for forgiveness of your sins, then you will receive eternal life with him forever. The choice is yours.
You may not have internally missed the mark, but we all do. We all need Jesus because we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. If there are people you are holding a grudge against, release them. Pray to God to cleanse your heart and mind.
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