How Does God Want Us To Live?
Do you ever wonder what the Bible has to say about how we should live our lives and how God wants us to live? Let’s look at what the Bible has to say about Christian living and learn practical steps to live our lives according to the Bible.
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How To Live A Christian Life
The amazing thing about God is that He provides us all that we need in the Bible to show us how to live a Christian life. There are many verses and stories in the Bible that give us practical Christian living steps that we can follow.
1 Thessalonians 5: 12-22
Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. 13 Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.
14 Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. 20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil.
Here’s what Paul is telling us:
- Show respect to our spiritual leaders
- Live at peace with each other
- Do not be lazy
- Be patient
- Do not pay back evil for evil
- Do good to all people
- Always be joyful
- Never stop praying
- Be thankful in all circumstances
- Do not stifle the Holy Spirit…restrain or suppress
- Do not scoff at prophecies…mock
- Hold on to what is good
- Stay away from all evil
There are 13 ways that you can live according to the Bible!
Bible Verses About Christian Living
Let’s start with the story about Joseph I love this story. I’ve heard many people refer to it as the story from the prison to the palace. It’s such an uplifting story showing that no matter what situation you may have been put in God is always there with you.
He will give you favor and prosper you in all areas of your life. I’m going to give you a summary of the story of Joseph. For the full story refer to Genesis 37 – 50.
Joseph was the youngest son to Jacob. He was favored by his father and had prophetic dreams that he would share with his brothers and that created a lot of jealousy between him and his brothers. His older brothers conspired and sold him into slavery.
However even in the midst of trouble he still survived and prospered because of his personal knowledge of God. Joseph became Potiphar’s personal attendant and was put in charge of everything he had.
Just to give you an idea, Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh who was the king of Egypt. Potiphar’s wife attempted to seduce Joseph and he refused she lied on him and said that he was trying to take advantage of her.
But God even gave him favor in prison. There are a series of events that take place, and he interprets Pharaoh’s dream and ends up becoming the ruler of Egypt. A famine hit all the surrounding countries, but Egypt had enough, because of Joseph’s wisdom they had a storehouse that was able to provide grain for the people to buy.
Ok, so it ends up that Joseph’s brothers had to come to Egypt to buy grain and they had no idea the high-ranking position that Joseph had. It turns out by the end of this story Joseph provided food and shelter to all of his people including the brothers that despised him and sold him into slavery.
How To Live A Christian Life
Here are a few characteristics that we as believers can learn from Joseph that will teach us how to live a Christian life and live according to the Bible. You will see that these characteristics are a perfect start if you’re wondering how to live like Jesus every day.
Joseph knew that God had a plan for his life based on the prophetic dreams that he received, and he never gave up. He continued to believe even in the face of adversity, he remained patient knowing that God’s plan would come to pass.
When Potiphar’s wife attempted to seduce him, he could have given into that temptation, but he refused knowing that if he did give in it would have been a very wicked thing to do to Potiphar.
Joseph didn’t question God and ask why, he could have been angry with God because he was sold into slavery, and because he ended up in prison when he was innocent but instead, he stood faithful.
Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers, what betrayal. When they came to purchase grain, he could have turned them away because of what they did to him, but he forgave and provided food and shelter for them in the end.
How Does God Want Us To Live?
Here is another story that I love, it’s the story about Daniel this story can be found in the book of Daniel. There is a specific story in the book of Daniel that I would like to focus on and that is Daniel in the lion’s den.
Daniel was deported to a foreign land after Judah was conquered. He was now in a place surrounded by idolaters. Now the king ordered his chief of staff to bring to him some young men that were strong, healthy, and good looking with knowledge and good judgement.
Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshac, and Abendigo were some of the young men chosen. The king had assigned food and wine from his own kitchen, but Daniel did not eat it as he did not want to defile himself.
Daniel and his friends ate only vegetables and water for 10 days and they were healthier than the others, God gave them an unusual aptitude for understanding and every aspect of wisdom. They were chosen and many events happened including Daniel interpreting the kings’ dreams and Shadrach, Meshac, and Abendigo being thrown into a fiery furnace and God delivering them un harmed.
Because of Daniel’s great ability the king made plans to put him over the entire empire. Due to jealousy, the other administrator conspired against him and because they knew how loyal he was to God they needed a plan that could be connected to his faith in God.
They went to king Darius and advised him to make a law for 30 days that everyone should pray to him and no other God or they would be thrown in the lion’s den and he agreed. But Daniel continued to pray to God 3 times a day with his window opened giving thanks to God.
The officials went to Daniels’s home and saw him praying to God and reported back to the king. The king did not want to throw Daniel into the den and tried to think of a way to save him but could not.
So, Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den. The next morning the king went to look for Daniel and he answered My God has sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me for I have been found innocent in his sight.
There was not a scratch on Daniel, the men that conspired against Daniel, the king ordered for them to be thrown into the den and they were torn apart before they even hit the floor of the den.
In this story Daniel portrayed living a Godly life and here are a few of his characteristics that we can live by. They aren’t Bible rules to live by, but characteristics that will help us with our spiritual growth.
Daniel refused to eat the food from the kings table he was disciplined to refuse the best food and willing to live off of vegetable and water for 10 days.
Although he knew that it was against the law to worship God, Daniel continued to worship the Lord 3 times a day regardless of the consequences. He knew that God would deliver him. He wasn’t fearless based on his own ability; he was fearless based on God’s ability to save him.
Daniel took his job seriously; he did everything with excellence which is why he was able to get promoted. This falls into the category where Paul says do not to be lazy. Just because God gave you a talent doesn’t mean that you don’t have to put effort into what you do. If you are faithful in the little things God will continue to increase you.
What Does It Mean To Live A Christian Life?
I can tell you that its not about how to be a good Christian, or Bible rules to live by, its about developing a relationship with Jesus and depending on the Holy Spirit to help you.
I know that it seems that I have listed many characteristics, but these are just some tips on how we should live our lives according to the Bible. Don’t feel overwhelmed, now that you have an idea of some of the characteristics of a Christian, depend on the Holy Spirit to help you to become the person that God wants you to be.
That’s the wonderful thing about being a believer, God knows that we cannot do this through our own strength, although we are required to put in the effort, He also sent the Holy Spirit to be our teacher and our helper as we live this Christian life and pursue spiritual growth.
Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. 16 Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.
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