Discipleship

Living joyful life with God

Christian living is about a vibrant, joyful life in relationship with the living God and one another.  Our relationship with god revealed in Jesus Christ brings our life in alignment and harmony with God our Creator and Redeemer. The good news is that this joyful life is freely available by God’s grace to all who believe in Christ and cultivate a personal relationship with Him.

 

A radiant relationship with God through Christ our mediator, in the power of the Holy Spirit stirs up a passion inside us to love God and others. We don’t have to struggle to do the things He calls us to do.  There is a flow of the spiritual life. If you discern any roadblocks to a joyful life, repentance and giving up  sinful ways is a step in the right direction.  As the Bible teaches, “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:6-7). We can live a joyful Christian life with a clear conscience by His grace and for His glory. When we live in the light of God’s Word we overcome darkness of ignorance and our mind is renewed. We have spiritual power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill God’s purposes in our day to day living. We need to rejoice in the fact we are “being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18).

 

Do you believe God wants to be involved in everything we do? He wants us to fellowship with Him, which means communicating with Him throughout our day just like we do with our close friend or family member. Knowing God loves us, loving Him, spending time with Him, and being grateful for what He’s done and is doing in our lives can help us have an energetic relationship with Him.

 

Many of us don’t pray and ask God for what we need because we don’t think we have a right to ask. The truth is God wants us to learn how to receive His mercy.  The Bible teaches concerning Jesus Christ that He is our “High Priest, a perfect Savior, who understands our weaknesses. He’s been tempted just like we are, yet He never sinned.  We can come fearlessly and confidently before God in prayer to receive His mercy and be forgiven (Heb 4:15-16).”

 

We must remember God loves and cares for us, “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Rom 8:31-32).” When we live our life with God it shows in our increasing life of gratitude, generosity and love towards God and all of His creation.

By – Rev. Dr. Richard Howell