[bibletalk] How To Remain Faithful

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From: Steve Preston <prstn496@...>
Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2006 11:45:51 -0400
How to Remain Faithful

With all the temptations that are in this world today,
how do we remain faithful to God? Each person has to deal with
God according to what they have done (2 Cor. 5:10) but all of
us must handle temptation with the same ‘tools’ given to us by
God. Doing the following things will help all people to avoid
sin and keep their faith strong.

1. Pray all the time: 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “Pray
without ceasing”. Why? Because God, being the Good Father that
He is knows how to give us what we need. Jesus told us to “Ask,
and it shall be given you…” because “every one that asketh
receiveth…” Everyone will have different things to ask. We can
ask for patience, strength of faith, and even temperament or a
willing spirit to work. Our God, the one true God, is One that
answers prayers. Pray that you remain faithful.

2. Study your Bible daily: “Study to shew thyself approved unto
God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing
the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).” If we can rightly divide the
word of truth then it must also be true that we can wrongly
divide the word. I heard a preacher once say that we shouldn’t go
to the Bible to prove what we believe; we go to the Bible to find
out what to believe. Sometimes we believe and practice the wrong
thing simply because that is what we have been taught all our life.
Open your Bible, examine all of the relevant passages on a subject,
and then do what the Bible says to do.

3. Think about good things: “Glory ye in his holy name: let the
heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and his
strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvellous works
that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth
(1 Chronicles 16:10-13).” People will generally act on those things
that they fill their head with. If you fill your head with anger
and resentment, then chances are your life will be filled with
arguing and fighting. However, if you fill your head with “whatsoever
things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things
are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report…(Philippians 4:8)” then your
life will be filled with joy and peace.

4. Look for opportunities to do the will of God: Don’t sit around
and wait for something to be done, go out and do it. There are plenty
of people who need to hear the gospel. There are also people who
need to be comforted because of the loss of a loved one. Though there
are many people in this world, you will find God has given us many
ways to carry out His will for them. God tells us that eternal life
comes to those who seek it “by patient continuance in well doing”
(Romans 2:6). Matthew 7:21 tells us that only those that do the will
of the Father will make it into heaven.

This short list is in no way meant to be all inclusive
of what we can do to remain faithful to God. These things are,
however, what we all should be doing. The way we go about doing
them can be as individual as we want to make them. When you study
the Bible for instance, you may want to study an entire book or
maybe a particular subject. When you pray, you might want to kneel
by your bedside or sit in your chair. My wife prays while she is
walking home from work. If you are new to the faith, find someone
to be a “mentor”, an older Christian who would be willing to let you
tag along in doing work for God. However you do it, fill your life
with the good things of God.

In Christ, Steve Preston