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April 8 Devotion: As A Christian

As A Christian

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

A verse we are all familiar with. We are given a stern warning about the devil. When we see the phrase “as a roaring lion”, we immediately begin to draw certain pictures in our mind. We may think of how loud that lion may be. We may think of how frightening that roar could be. Regardless, we do draw conclusions. There are countless times throughout Scripture you will find the phrase “as a”. Many times this phrase will cause you to focus on certain characteristics of certain animals or people. What are some characteristics we have as a Christian?

  1. We have desires not rules I don’t know how many times people are shocked when you talk about going to church on a Sunday night or a midweek service. I’ve had people even say they couldn’t go to church and follow all the rules. As a Christian we shouldn’t be going to church or following Christ because we are “made” to. If we love Christ then it’s our desire to be able to go and worship Him. It’s our desire to do anything for Him. I don’t have rules I need to follow, I have a desire to please Him.

  2. We should develop not aspire If we have a hobby we want to get better at we work at it. We develop over time and continually progress. As a Christian we should do the same. We should be a better Christian today than we were yesterday. Instead it seems too many just sit around and “hope” to one day be a better person.

  3. We should drive forward and not go in reverse. We’ve heard the statement there is no sitting still with God. You’re either moving forward or going backwards. Where are you in your walk with Christ. Are you following the path he’s laid out for you or are you in reverse trying to recreate past footsteps?

  4. We need to declare and not hide. Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: You seem to hear a lot of talk about the silent minority. Why are we silent? We should declare His name to see others get saved. We should declare about His blessings on our lives and worship Him. How often do we declare the Gospel, His love, our love for Him? How are you as a Christian?

God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson

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