10 Suggestions

I really like to encourage people, especially those who are Christians. Keeping our focus on God can be difficult and it’s so easy to get discouraged. I think this list can be helpful (it’s not in any sort of order):

10 Suggestions for a Growing Christian:

  1. Read and study the Bible (Romans 12:1-2)
  2. Have a daily conversation with God (aka pray) (Matthew 26:41)
  3. Love others (John 13:34-35)
  4. Do not hold grudges or seek revenge (1 Peter 3:8-9)
  5. Worship God with other believers (Hebrews 10:25)
  6. Talk about Jesus and tell others what He has done for you (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  7. Learn from other believers (Titus 2:2-8)
  8. Ask God to change you every day so that you are more like Jesus (Ephesians 4:22-24)
  9. Be accountable for your actions (James 4:17)
  10. Encourage others (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

I realized that I was “slacking” on my Bible reading. I had gone from reading a chapter a night to reading only one section of the chapter (the part after the subheading). It started because I was tired one night, but then on subsequent nights I convinced myself that it was better to read only a small section so that I can concentrate on what I was reading.

An incident yesterday reminded me that I have to read more, not less. I need to keep sharpening my sword and strengthening my armor— this process cannot be neglected. How can I possibly be ready for spiritual warfare or to help someone in battle when my sword is dull and my armor is thin?  How about you? How are you doing?

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

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