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Title: Walking out our Christian Faith


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Walking out our Christian Faith
  • Today I will be looking at four important aspects
    of our Christian faith that are crucial to seeing
    our lives making a great impact in this world for
    eternity

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1) The importance of having ongoing intimacy in
our walk with the LORD
  • Maintaining intimacy in our walk with the
    LORD is crucial if our lives are to bear much
    fruit and if we are to see all that God has
    planned for our life unfolding.

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Jesus Himself emphasised the importance of
maintaining an intimate walk with the LORD
  • Jesus said,
  • And you shall love the LORD your God with
    all your heart, with all your soul, with all your
    mind, and with all your strength. This is the
    first commandment. (Mark 1230)

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Jesus also said,
  • Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch
    cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in
    the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in
    Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who
    abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit for
    without Me you can do nothing. (John 154-5)

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Involving God in all that we do is a great key to
seeing our lives making a great difference in
this world for eternity
  • The LORD said to the prophet Jeremiah
  • Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show
    you great and mighty things, which you do not
    know. (Jeremiah 333)

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When we involve God in all that we do in life He
promises to direct our paths
  • In the book of Proverbs we read,
  • Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And
    lean not on your own understanding In all your
    ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your
    paths. (Proverbs 35-6)

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There are many blessings and benefits that come
from maintaining an intimate walk with the LORD
  • i) We can continually have peace in our hearts
    even during the trials of life.
  • In the book of Isaiah we read,
  • You will keep him in perfect peace, whose
    mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
    Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD,
    is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 263-4)

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ii) We can experience fullness of joy
  • King David wrote,
  • You will show me the path of life In Your
    presence is fullness of joy At Your right hand
    are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 1611)
  • In the book of Nehemiah we read,
  • ...Do not sorrow for the joy of the LORD is
    your strength. (Nehemiah 810)

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  • In the book of Isaiah we read, I will
    greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be
    joyful in my God For He has clothed me with the
    garments of salvation, He has covered me with the
    robe of righteousness,..., (Isaiah 6110)
  • The Apostle Paul wrote,
  • Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say
    rejoice! (Philippians 44)

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iii) We can receive wisdom from God to make right
choices in life that are in line with Gods will
for our life. The bible is full of wisdom
  • In the book of James we read,
  • If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of
    God, who gives to all liberally and without
    reproach, and it will be given to him. (James
    15)
  • In the book of Proverbs we read,
  • Commit your works to the Lord, and your
    thoughts will be established. (Proverbs 163)

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iv) We will see all that God has planned
for our life coming to pass
  • King David wrote,
  • Trust in the Lord, and do good Dwell in the
    land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight
    yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you
    the desires of your heart. Commit your way to
    the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring
    it to pass. (Psalm 373-5)

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v) Life will be less complicated and easier to
live as we learn to cast our cares upon the
LORD continually
  • Jesus Himself said,
  • Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy
    laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke
    upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and
    lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your
    souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is
    light. (Matthew 1128-30)

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vi) We can be assured that every need that
we have in life shall be met
  • Jesus Himself said,
  • Therefore do not worry, saying, What shall
    we eat? Or What shall we drink? or What shall
    we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles
    seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you
    need all these things. But seek first the kingdom
    of God and His righteousness, and all these
    things shall be added to you. (Matthew 631-33)
    AND

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vii) We can be assured that with God nothing will
be impossible
  • The Angel Gabriel said to Mary the mother of
    Jesus
  • For with God nothing will be impossible.
    (Luke 137)
  • Jesus Himself said,
  • Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and
    you will find knock, and it will be opened to
    you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who
    seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be
    opened. (Matthew 77-8)

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So briefly what are some keys to maintaining an
intimate walk with the LORD
  • Having a lifestyle of prayer (involving God in
    all that we do in life) Letting Jesus become
    our best friend
  • Purposely making time to spend with the LORD in a
    quiet place on a regular basis (Psalm 4611)
  • In the book of Isaiah we read,
  • He gives power to the weak, And to those
    who have no might He increases strength. Even
    the youths shall faint and be weary, And the
    young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait
    on the Lord Shall renew their strength They
    shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall
    run and not be weary, They shall walk and not
    faint. (Isaiah 4029-31)

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  • Mediating on and speaking out the Word of God and
    expecting God to speak to us through His Word (A
    GREAT KEY TO MAINTAINING A STRONG FAITH) The
    Apostle Paul wrote, So then faith comes by
    hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans
    1017)
  • Having a lifestyle of worship (John 423-24),
    King David was a worshipper and a man after Gods
    own heart (Acts 1322) and
  • Having short accounts with God. Having a
    repentant heart helps to keep our heart soft
    towards God

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Intimacy with the LORD is the key to continually
knowing the will of God for our life It is when
we are in the centre of the Gods will for our
lives that we see His continually favour and
blessing upon all that we do in life
  • King David wrote,
  • Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He
    shall give you the desires of your heart.
    (Psalm 374)

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Given the unstable times that we are now living
in, more than ever before we need to seek God
daily for His peace, stability, joy and guidance
  • King David wrote,
  • In God I have put my trust I will not be
    afraid. What can man do to me. (Psalm 5611)
  • O GOD, Your are my God Early will I seek
    You My soul thirsts for you My flesh longs for
    You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no
    water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
    To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your
    lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall
    praise You. (Psalm 631-3)

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  • Thus I will bless You while I live I will
    lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be
    satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my
    mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I
    remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the
    night watches. Because You have been my help,
    Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will
    rejoice. (Psalm 634-7)
  • Maintaining intimacy in our walk with the
    Lord needs to be our primary focus in life. It is
    the key to enjoying the fullness of life that God
    has planned for our life. If we continually
    delight ourselves in the Lord no challenge in
    life will ever overwhelm us

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2) The importance of continually loving others
  • As Christians we have the ability to love
    others with the Agape unconditional love of God.
  • The Apostle Paul wrote,
  • Now hope does not disappoint, because the
    love of God has been poured out in our hearts by
    the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans
    55)

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For some people we are the only bible that they
will ever read It is our unconditional love for
people that will often make the greatest impact
on the lives of others
  • THERE IS A SAYING THAT PEOPLE DO NOT CARE HOW
    MUCH WE KNOW BUT THEY DO WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH WE
    CARE

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Jesus Himself emphasised the importance of loving
others when He said,
  • And the second, like it, is this You shall
    love your neighbour as yourself. There is no
    other commandment greater than these. (Mark
    1231)
  • And
  • A new commandment I give to you, that you
    love one another as I have loved you, that you
    also love one another. By this all will know that
    you are My disciples, if you have love for one
    another. (John 1334-35)

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It is so important that all that we do in life is
undergirded by love
  • The Apostle Paul wrote,
  • Though I speak with the tongues of men and
    of angels, but have not love, I have become
    sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I
    have the gift of prophecy, and understand all
    mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have
    all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but
    have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow
    all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give
    my body to be burned, but have not love, it
    profits me nothing. (1
    Corinthians 131-3)

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In a world which is growing more and more
impersonal, it is our genuine and sincere love
for others that will help to make us shine in
this world for Jesus
  • This is why the Apostle Paul wrote,
  • Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts,
    but especially
    that you may prophesy.
    (1 Corinthians 141)
  • We must simply just choose to love others
    at all times and the Holy Spirit will give us the
    ability to do so In doing this we will truly
    stand out in our Christian witness to others

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3) The importance of flowing in our gifts and
calling and following Gods plan for our life
  • The Apostle Paul wrote,
  • For we are His workmanship, created in
    Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared
    beforehand that we should walk in them.
    (Ephesians 210)
  • We are most fulfilled and most anointed
    when we follow Gods plan for our life
  • As believers we have been saved for a
    purpose. Every believer has a unique plan and
    purpose for their life

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When we follow Gods plan for our life
  • We experience great purpose and meaning in life
  • Our lives bear much fruit as God blesses the work
    of our hands
  • We help to see others come to Christ and to
    fulfil their God given destiny
  • We experience the joy that comes from using our
    gifts and talents for the Kingdom cause
  • We see God continually meeting our every need in
    life, and
  • We store up treasures in heaven

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Every believer is uniquely gifted. We are most
effective and most fulfilled when we
flow in our own unique gifts and calling
  • The Apostle Paul wrote,
  • For as we have many members in one body, but
    all the members do not have the same function, so
    we, being many, are one body in Christ, and
    individually members of one another. Having then
    gifts differing according to the grace that is
    given to us, let us use them If prophecy, let us
    prophesy in proportion to our faith or ministry,
    let us use it in our ministering he who teaches,
    in teaching he who exhorts, in exhortation he
    who gives, with liberality he who leads, with
    diligence he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
    (Romans 124-8)

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As we faithfully follow Gods plan for our life
we will see God doing great things through our
life
  • The Apostle Paul wrote,
  • Now to Him who is able to do
    exceedingly abundantly above
    all that we ask or think,
    according to the
    power that works in us, (Ephesians 320)
  • God does not look at our ability, only our
    availability and obedience and willingness to
    take steps of faith He will empower us to great
    things for His glory if we are prepared to live
    for Him

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4) SHARING OUR FAITH WITH OTHERS (Helping to lead
others to Christ)
  • The closer we are in our walk with
    the Lord, the more we will have
    Gods heart for the lost
  • In the gospel of Matthew we see
    the compassion of Jesus for the lost
  • Then Jesus went about all the cities and
    villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching
    the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every
    sickness and every disease among the people. But
    when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with
    compassion for them, because they were weary and
    scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
    (Matthew 935-36)

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With the reality of there being a hell to shun
and a heaven to gain sharing our faith with
others should be an important part of our walk
with the Lord
  • In the book of Proverbs we read,
  • Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
    and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.
    If you say, Surely we did not know this, does
    not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who
    keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will
    He not render to each man according to his
    deeds? (Proverbs 2411-12)

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Jesus also emphasised to His disciples the
urgency of preaching the gospel to others
  • Jesus Himself said,
  • Do you not say, There are still four months
    and then comes the harvest? Behold, I say to you,
    lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for
    they are already white for harvest! (John 435)
  • Before ascending back to Heaven Jesus said to
    His disciples, Go into all the world and preach
    the gospel to every creature. (Mark 1615)

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As believers we all have a mission field, unsaved
loved ones and friends. Helping others come to
Christ should be a big focus in our walk with the
Lord
  • I will finish by looking at Proverbs 1130
  • The fruit of the righteous is a tree of
    life, And he who wins souls is wise. (Proverbs
    1130)
  • How we need to be available to share our faith
    with others as part of our Christian walk

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SO IN CONCLUSION FOUR IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF OUR
CHRISTIAN WALK ARE
  • The importance of having ongoing intimacy in our
    walk with the LORD
  • The importance of continually loving others
  • The importance of flowing in our gifts and
    calling and following Gods plan for our life,
    AND
  • SHARING OUR FAITH WITH OTHERS (Helping to lead
    others to Christ)
  • It is in the doing of these four things
    that we grow in our faith and
    love for the Lord and that our life makes a great
    difference in this world for eternity
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