07 Jul The Secret of Successful Christian Living
Bible Text: 2 Timothy 3:1-5 |
(1) The constant aim of every believer should be to be well-pleasing to God. (John 8:29; John 13:16) Is it your ambition to please Him? This is the secret of successful living. There is nothing greater than living day by day a life which is well-pleasing to God.
(Genesis 5:22-24 and Hebrews 11:5) speak about Enoch and all down the ages there have been men and women whose supreme ambition it has been to please God.
(2) Most people today are bent upon pleasing themselves (Judges 17:6; 1 Corin. 10:5) but there are also those who are seeking to fulfill God’s conditions of a life that is well-pleasing to Him. First of all, you must be born again because we were all controlled by sinful nature (Romans 8:8;John 3:5) and lived according to sinful nature (Romans 8:5). When we are born again we are not controlled by sinful nature again but by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:9).
(3) We must separate ourselves from all sinful and doubtful things because when we are born again we become children of God (1 John 3:1) and the Christian life is a warfare , and we are soldiers (2 Tim. 2:3-4) The lives of worldly Christians are full of sinful and hindering things, but those who wish to please God disentangle themselves from the things which hinder them in their lives.
(4) We must dedicate our lives to Him (Rom. 12:1) and must be good witnesses unto Him(1 Thess. 2:4) We must be obedient to Him, if it is well-pleasing to earthly parents when their children obey them, how much more must it please the Lord when His children obey Him. (Colossians 3:20; 1 Sam. 15:22; John 2:5; 14:15;and Acts 9:6) We must also have faith in Him – Hebrews 11:6
(5) The most wonderful result of pleasing God is that we shall have His smile upon our lives – John 8:29 and Matt. 3:17. We will have answers to our prayers – 1 John 3:21-22. Our enemies will be at peace with us – Proverbs 16:7 and there will be special overcoming power and deliverance from all evil – Ecclesiastes 7:26; 1 Corin. 10:13; 2 Tim. 4:18. Finally, let this be your motive that even the Lord Jesus Christ did not please Himself – Romans 15:3