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Throwback Thursday: 4 Essentials for the Christian Life


But you beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. –Jude 20-21


Jude gave these commands to help his readers as they contend for the faith. They make great building blocks for any Christian. They will not make the sorrow or pain of persecution and tribulation any less, but they will give you a firm foundation.

First, build up your faith. Good, deep, daily Bible study is essential. Sound preaching and teaching are not enough by themselves. You must spend time digging into the Bible and applying it to your life.

What does it mean to pray in the Holy Spirit? It is the same thing as praying in the name of Jesus. That does not mean tagging His name at the end of your prayers. Pray according to God’s will. We know that it is God’s will for people to live holy, but there are many times when we don’t know the will of God. That is when we pray as Jesus did by submitting to the Father’s will, not our own. In this process, don’t forget to believe for miracles. We are commanded to do both.

God will never cease to love us, but we show our love for Him by obedience. In John 15:10, Jesus said, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love,” Obedience keeps you right in the middle of God’s blessings. Disobedience puts you in the place of His chastisement.

The final building block in Christian living is hope. Christians should live in the hope of the second coming. This is a purifying hope and it should cause Christians to witness to the unsaved. The greatest mercy we will receive is eternal life.

Build a good foundation that will withstand the storms of life. Deep Bible study, praying according to the will of God, obedience and hope are good Christian principles.


Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

Throwback Thursday: Transformed Thinking


By Carolyn Dale Newell

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Rom. 12:2 (NKJV)

At salvation, we became new creations (2 Cor. 5:17). Therefore, there is a change in our behavior, and a transformation, a metamorphosis, in our thoughts and attitudes. It occurs daily, constantly, as our minds are renewed by reading the Bible. That is why daily Bible study, meditation and memorization are vital to a Christian’s life.

Do not conform to this world – this age that we live in with it’s’ values. Our world calls “evil good, and good evil” (Is. 5:20). “World” in this verse does not refer to God’s created wonders, but it is the world system which “lies under the sway of the wicked one” – Satan, (1 John 5:19b).

As our minds are renewed, our wills are also changed. We are no longer asking God for our selfish desires, but we want His will for our lives. It changes the way we pray and the way we react. For example, when I quickly began to lose my remaining vision, my prayer was for God’s will, not my selfish will, to be done. Did I want to lose more vision? NO, but I know that God’s will is better for me. Losing my vision has been the best thing that has happened to me because through it, God has used me for His glory.

You may feel as if you could never pray like that. I felt the same way at one time. A renewed mind and will occurs with much time in good, sound Bible teaching. You ask God for it, and He will bless you. It is a process. Think back to the time prior to your salvation. Look at the changes in your life. A year from now, you will see even more changes.

This world is not our home. We have been transformed on the inside, and that should show up on the outside. A renewed mind will desire the will of God, the perfect will of God. Make that your prayer today.

Dear Lord,

I want to have a renewed mind. I want the mind of Christ. Lord, lead me in my study time and throughout the day. Show me the things that are worldly, and cut them out of my life. Help me to live unselfishly for You, and not for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Read Rom. 12:1-2, Phil. 4:8, Col. 3:2.


There are some good preachers that teach sound Bible doctrine on the radio and internet. Set aside time for Bible study and prayer. Let your mind be saturated with the gospel, and not the things of this world. What is something worldly you can give up this week?

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.