Kingdom Corner: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
If you were put on trial this moment for your love of Jesus would the jury find you as a believer beyond a reasonable doubt? Think about this for a minute. What would make this scenario come out in your favor? Let's find out.
Do you dance, sing, and praise the Lord in church and when you're at home celebrating His great gift of eternal life? The spiritual fire comes from the Holy Spirit. If you don't have it, you should definitely ask for it in prayer. It will change your life. Jesus will bathe you in supreme spirituality. You won't even know what to do. It's an amazing feeling. You will be overcome with the love of the Lord. You'll dance, sing, and praise the Lord regardless of who's watching! The Angels will be dancing and singing with you!
Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. Psalm 149:3 NIV.
Pray without Ceasing
Many people only pray when they need something. This makes the Lord out to be Santa Claus. There's no reason for this. The proper way to pray is without ceasing which means you have a prayerful spirit that follows you throughout the day. You pray in thanksgiving for your meals, pray for your co-workers, pray for your family and friends, and pray yourself to maintain your faith in the Lord. This sounds like a lot, and it is. However, the Lord hears all our prayers and will draw close to you when you draw close to him.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8 ESV.
Read and Memorize Scriptures
Many people shirk reading the Word of God. It is a boon for our age. It never grows out of date. Its topics are relevant for today just as they were in times past. The reason for this is (even though we may have all this amazing technology) humans haven't changed. Our sins are the same sins that people committed in times past. The temptations of the enemy are the same. He hasn't changed either. The enemy is like a one-trick pony. Once you figure out his tricks, then you can recognize them ahead of time and utilize Scripture to fight them.Remember, God's Word is God. So, God is with you when you read Scripture because He is His Word. The Word Incarnate is what the Bible calls Him. God makes pacts or covenants with humanity and never goes back on them because He is just.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 NIV.
As you can see from this Scripture when you read and memorize Scripture you are ultimately meditating directly on God. What can be better than that? This is why reading the Word is so vital. Many believe the Bible isn't relevant to today's society, but if you read it, you'll find that society back then is not different from today's. God's voice is speaking directly through the Bible, so it is vital that you make it part of your daily spiritual practice.
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
If you are found doing all of these things regularly, the jury will rule in your favor as a devout Christian. God will be pleased with you, and your life would show that you are indeed a well rounded Christian. Pray for the Holy Spirit, pray without ceasing, and memorize the Scripture, and you will change your life.