|How we walk can play a major role in developing our relationship with Christ.|
Someone from a Christian group on Linked In recently posted a question something like this: “If you could tell a new Christian anything about their journey, what would it be?” In a matter of a few minutes I came up with a list of 10 principles that I believe are, not only important for new Christians, but for those who've been on the journey for years.
In fact, I thought that these “rules” were significant enough to warrant taking them one step further. I began posting them, one at a time, on my Facebook account. Because of the responses they received, I decided to put them all together for you.
Below is the list of 10 principles that, if followed, will greatly enhance your walk with Christ, strengthen your faith, provide you with support and encouragement, grant you persevere through trials, increase your biblical knowledge and understanding, develop your personal gifts and strengths, and lastly, provide Christ with opportunities to use you as His vessel.
- 1Connect in fellowship and discipleship at your church; this is a critical step to growing in your love relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Although you are a new creation in Christ, you will still struggle with sin and hurts, and that it's very normal!
- Transformation is a process and a journey we take when we surrender our will to Christ.
- Good godly people will fail you and it’s OK; godly people aren't God, they are flawed humans in God's image.
- It's imperative to your growth that you find a mentor and/or group where people are R.E.A.L. - Relational Encouraging Authentic and Learned.
- Real relationships with others in Christ; where we can freely share what's "really" going on without fear of judgment or condemnation exist and you need to find them.
- Someone, a Pastor, teacher, leader at some point will offend you. This is also the exact time when God can grow you by leaps and bounds if you don't run away; instead go to a godly safe person for guidance and support.
- It’s important to frequently and persistently remind yourself that you can't be good enough, try hard enough, or have enough will power or self-control to keep from sinning and falling short. However, that's the exact reason you need and have a Savior.
- His Word tells us that without His strength we will not have the power to persevere through adversity or accomplish even the tiniest of achievements.
- Finally, He will do the hard work for you! Your job is just to trust Him, one tiny step of obedience at a time, and watch Him amaze you!