Normal Christianity

Are you a normal Christian?! What is normal Christianity? Is it the average we see in the Christian Church today? No – sadly that can be very subnormal. What characteristics does the Bible teach a normal Christian will show? Here are some: 

Yearning for God: a real, regular thirsting to know God more, a hungering and thirsting after being righteous (Psalms 42:2; 63:1 143:6 Matt.5:6 Jn.7:57)

Wholeheartedly obedient to God: i.e. loving God with all your heart, soul,  mind and strength (Deut.6:5; Matt.7:21; Phil.3:7-8)

Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit: i.e. aiming to be “pure and blameless”  (Gal.5:22-25; Phil. 2:14-15; 2 Pet.3:14)

Effective in good works: i.e. doing the works Jesus did (Jn.l4:l2; 15:5, 7, l6).

Resolutely resisting sin: even “to the point of shed­ding your blood”  (Heb.l2:4)

Growing in assurance of being accepted by God: i.e. knowing you have eternal life because you know the Holy Spirit is within you.   (Rom.8:15-16; Gal.4:6;  1 Jn.3:24; 4:13) and you have put your trust in Jesus (John 3:16).

Gaining victory over Satan:  i.e. being “sober” and ‘vigilant” concerning Satan’s reality, for “your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking some­one to devour. Resist him firm in your faith!’  (1 Peter 5:8-9; Eph.6:12)

Putting Christ before material possessions:  and trust­ing him to provide (Mt 6:33)

Conscious of inner power:from the Spirit who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.   (Eph.3:18-20)

Constant in believing prayer:a prayerful attitude to the whole of life.   (Jn.l5:7;  l Thess.5:17)

Enthusiastic in witness: not being able to keep quiet about the Lord!  (Acts 1:8, 4:20)

Rejoicing amidst troubles: knowing God is in control and He is love  (Rom.5:3-4;  I Peter 4:12-13)

Coveting the gifts of the Spirit:  “coveting” is the Bible word  (1 Cor.12:31;  14:1,12)

Some people think these characteristics are extreme or only for “special” Christians, but they are normal characteristics. Do you want them? Read the Bible refer­ences to stimulate your faith (Rom. 10:17) and ask God daily to fill you with the Holy Spirit.

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