9 Aug

Practice! Practice! Practice!

If you asked me what would be the most important thing in learning to crochet, I would say PRACTICE!! You may not attain perfection as in the saying: practice makes perfect. You will be able to crochet better and have nicer results, though.

The same is true, to an extent, in our Christian lives. When I became a Christian, I didn’t automatically begin acting like one overnight. In some ways we have to learn to be like Christ. We do not have to do that on our own though! Christ is always right by our side ready to assist us in our Christian walk.

In order to become more like Christ, He must be my number one priority and focus in life. I must spend much time in His Word, the Bible. Psalm 119:11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!

 It is also important for me to surround myself with others who have the same desire to follow Christ. I can learn from them to and they can encourage me when I become discouraged.  Hebrew 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Living the Christian life is not always easy and does not necessarily become easier after many years. (This is one place where the “practicing” example breaks down!) We have to keep our focus on God at all times. He will give us the necessary tools to keep out of the influence of the world.  2 Timothy 2:3-5 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

 The Bible tells us some areas where we should diligently practice to become more like Christ:  2 Timothy 2:15&16 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.

2 Peter 1:5-9 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,  to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,  to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

There are many more things in the Bible to guide me in my life, if only I am willing to look for them! May we all be diligent in Practicing the Christian life.

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