Before reading these insights, I encourage you to do the study The Customer is Always Right. The text from the original study is in black. My insights are in blue.
1. I've written before about how we Christians can sometimes live like atheists. We can talk the talk without walking the walk. But Scripture sets us straight:
1 Corinthians 4:20: For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
Are you walking the walk? I think this is something we should all ask ourselves from time to time.
2. God requires belief that involves the heart, not simply the mouth:
Romans 10:10: For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
We've all heard the story of the tightrope walker who asked several men in his audience if they believed he could carry someone across the tight-wire on his shoulders, and they said "yes". Then he asked if any of them would agree to climb up on his shoulders so he could carry them across, and they said "no."
They only believed when it cost them nothing. This is a belief that comes easily. Following Jesus requires more than that. It requires the belief that He can carry us.
3. Some Biblical suggestions for walking the walk:
Colossians 3:1-3,5,16-17: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 1. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God...5 2. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry...16 3. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, 4. do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
1. Set our minds on things above--get into the habit of making all decisions based on God's purposes, not our own.
2. Deny our earthly desires--learn to be self-controlled in all areas of our lives, taking time to know God, refusing our desires for things that are not part of God's plan for us.
3. Make God's Word part of our being by letting it impact every area of our lives. Reading, studying and obeying the Word of God is the practical way of living out all of the commands in this passage.
4. Do everything with God in mind--"practice God's presence." Train ourselves to pray about decisions and keep a running conversation going with the Lord throughout the day (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
How can you be more faithful in these 4 areas?
You can read this entire passage (1-17), if you like. I cut it down to the things most pertinent to our study, but the entire passage is helpful.
See "Dwelling" for a 1-minute idea about letting God's Word dwell in your heart
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