5 things from God I wish I had to be the perfect Christian

Was sharing Jesus with a friend and I said to them…there was something about them I envied spiritually. They have the ability to sing and praise God in all things in all instances in all situations. Its so much a part of them they don’t even realise it. By the time I was done sharing my envy in the Spirit they were like…”I’m beginning to envy myself!”

I was amazed and then it struck me. The key gifts of the spirit are just that. I’ve said before when conducting workshops on gifts of the spirit or characteristics the Holy Spirit can give you to build oyu up. I’ve said that when they sneak up on you. When you don’t notice. And other people see it in you then praise God cause you can’t take credit for it or pride in it. A gift comes unexpected. A pleasant surprise.

So we continued the convo and again they said to me…”but isn’t everyone different”. I said yes everyone is. But there are key or common things to the Christian experience that God knows you need to be a mature anchor holding Christian. To bump you to that next level. You need to have some key characteristics.

I mean it makes sense. All all leaders and world renown trend setters are all different..but they share common traits. SO yes we walk individual paths. And your flavour of spiritual experience is different from mine just like we all got jobs to do. All different. Individualized divine mission statements from the throne of Grace but there are some core things that some “habits” if I can borrow from steve that I believe are core to any Christian who wants to walk on water.

My list is as follows

1) Pray at all times and in all things. Consistently and constantly. The gift of prayer to just keep on praying no matter what. Not get “prayed out” when stuff doesn’t work out or when life’s goodness  distracts you. Isn’t family good? Isn’t success good? Isn’t love good? Isn’t friendship good? But sometimes we get so caught up in even good things that we forget other things. You get me?
Ephesians 6:18Ephesians 6:18
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praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saint

2) Praise and worship in all things (what I envy in my friend). The ability to praise God no matter what. To sing His glory and worship Him in His goodness no matter whats going on around you. Like standing in a ray of sunshine while around you rain and snow thunder and crash..there you are smiling and singing for God with an abundance of overflowing love in your heart.
Psalm 34:1Psalm 34:1
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[ A Psalm of David when he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed. ] I will bless the LORD at all times;His praise shall continually be in my mouth
Psalm 44:8Psalm 44:8
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In God we boast all day long,And praise Your name forever.  Selah
Psalm 47:7Psalm 47:7
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For God is the King of all the earth;Sing praises with understanding.
Psalm 57:7Psalm 57:7
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My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;I will sing and give praise.
Psalm 30:12Psalm 30:12
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To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Psalm 75:9Psalm 75:9
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But I will declare forever,I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
Psalm 146:2Psalm 146:2
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While I live I will praise the LORD;I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Psalm 96:2Psalm 96:2
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Sing to the LORD, bless His name;Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

3) Read the word at all times no matter whats going on with you spiritually. Like a need. Like an addiction. Be stuck in the word. Be like an addict that doesn’t wanna go to rehab. Just needing the Bible anytime and anyway you can get some Word in you.
Matthew 4:4Matthew 4:4
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But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (That’s a Jesus quote…as our MAD Choir-master is fond of saying..respect the quote)

4) share the gospel at all times (yes each in different ways not just preach but share Jesus its no good hoarding whats good cause then it really isn’t THAT good to you…its just nice. Our lives are filled with nice stuff in our closests on shelves and under our beds…but when something is GOOD…man we call up our best friend and their grandmother and tell em about it right?)
2 Timothy 4:22 Timothy 4:2
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Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

5) Show love (remix that to mean whatever it means to you) no matter what mood you’re in, how busy you get or how much time you have or don’t have.
Hebrews 6:10Hebrews 6:10
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For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Colossians 1:4Colossians 1:4
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since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;
2 Thessalonians 3:132 Thessalonians 3:13
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But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.
Micah 6:8Micah 6:8
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He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

I believe my Spiritual “prowess” would increase exponentially in Christ if I could consistently do these 5 no matter what. Sick healthy, full hungry, poor wealthy happy moody 🙂 In season and out of season.

What do you wish you had from the Holy Spirit?

.. Be spiritually ambitious. Glorify God for the gifts you have. Be zealous for the others. Be blessed. Be increased. Be in love. Be at peace. Be in Jesus.

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