Principles of Spiritual Success

The following is a brief list of principles that lead to spiritual success.
 
1. Have a forward focus. You can’t change the past; you can only learn from the past. Learn the lesson and keep moving forward.
2. Remember that God is strong . . . in you! The NT emphasizes the strength of God in Christians. If you’ve got a particular sin, declare war and stop making excuses (Ephesians 6:10; Colossians 3:5-11)!
3. Thought dictates character. Jesus said that people live and speak from the abundance of what’s in their heart (Matthew 12:34). Work with God to clean out your heart and mind (Romans 12:1-2), then live freely with sound character.
4. Dedicate time to prayer. The most neglected source of strength in Christianity is private time in prayer, communing with God, settling the spirit, and making intercession for others. Do it . . . and you’ll see a noticeable change in your life.
5. Serve others. Christianity is a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, based on grace and bent toward being unselfish to “our neighbors.” If God is thoughtful of you, then you ought to be thoughtful of others (Matthew 22:37-40).
6. Emphasize your skills. Don’t try to be someone God has not made you. Be proficient! Find your skill sets, your interests, your areas of fruitfulness, and work to sharpen them.
7. Guard your weaknesses. Everyone has an area in their live that must be watched defensively. For some, it’s attitude, others language, others sexual immorality. Find yours, and guard it against attacks.
8. Be loyal. Loyalty is a quality that will get you through the toughest times in life, because when they come (and they will!) those to whom you’ve been loyal will return the favor . . . not least of whom will be Christ!
9.Create achievable goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure, but create goals that you can achieve and that will be building blocks to developing your character. Pray for the goal, plan for the goal, push for the goal.
10. Love. Never mistake achievement or so-called success for love. Love is the greatest of Christian virtues (1 Corinthians 13), and cannot be replaced with qualities, recognition, or popularity. If you’re unloving, nothing else matters.
 
Blessings,
Joe

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