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4 Things You Should Know on How to Live a Christian Life

1. Conquer fear through knowledge

If any Scripture you read brings fear to your heart, you probably don’t understand it yet.

The scriptures are not meant to create fear but to build faith in your heart, and faith comes by hearing.

God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, so why should His word bring fear to you?

No scripture carries fear in it. There is no fear in love. God is love.

And God and His word are one.

The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control.

2 Timothy 1:7 (ERV)

Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love takes away fear. It is his punishment that makes a person fear. So his love is not made perfect in the one who has fear.

1 John 4:18 (ERV)

The knowledge of God’s love drives away fear.

Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins  and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 103:3-5 (NIV)

Not everything written in the Bible is directed at you, but there’s always a lesson. Look out for the lesson.

Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NET)

The scriptures should lead you deeper into God and empower you to live the God life.

You now begin to understand God’s way of doing things.

And his ways are not burdensome.

2. Be confident in God’s ability

Some people are more confident in a footballer’s scoring abilities than in Jesus saving abilities and love for them.

They can talk all day about the skills of their favorite footballer, but they can’t do the same about God’s love.

This knowledge is nothing compared to the benefits of knowing God’s word.

He has saved you, and you are in Him, in God.

 That is why he is always able to save those who come to God through him. He can do this because he always lives and intercedes for them.

Hebrews 7:25 (GW)

because God is working in you to help you want to do and be able to do what pleases him.

Philippians 2:13 (NCV)

3. Have the right association

Stay away from people who keep talking to your fears; who only talk about things that create fear in your heart.

Fear, doubt, and unbelief come by hearing, just as faith comes by hearing.

Don’t spend time with information (books, shows, music, or news) that is contrary to God’s word.

Do not be deceived! “Bad company corrupts good morals

1 Corinthians 15:33 (LEB)

To be wise walk with the wise

Walk with the wise and become wise;
    associate with fools and get in trouble.

Proverbs 13:20 (NLT)

What you feed grows, and what you starve dies. If you feed on the Word, your faith will grow. You will naturally believe God even when things look bleak.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 10:17 (NLT)

If you starve the voice of fear by feeding on the right materials, it would die.

Drive it out with God’s word.

4. Remain in God’s love

Associate with materials that build your faith in the love of God, not materials or people that make you fear

Remain in God’s love …

Jude 1:21 (ISV)

Stay where God has placed you.

A message that sounds right doesn’t make it the word of God; if it doesn’t present the finished works of Christ, it is wrong.

Every message must point to Christ and what he has done. It should bring hope, not fear.

God doesn’t want you to be tormented.

The more you hear about the love of God, the more you want to hear about Him.

The Lord is good,  a strong refuge when trouble comes.  He is close to those who trust in him.

Nahum 1:7 (NLT)

Don’t confuse your spirit by just listening to any and everyone.

You don’t need a message that exalts the abilities of the devil instead of God because it would bring fear and confusion to you.

Any message that points to you and makes you feel inadequate instead of pointing you to your abilities in Christ should be discarded.

Even when you feel weak, there’s power in you.

I begged the Lord three times to take this problem away from me. But the Lord said, “My grace is all you need. Only when you are weak can everything be done completely by my power.” So I will gladly boast about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can stay in me. Yes, I am glad to have weaknesses if they are for Christ. I am glad to be insulted and have hard times. I am glad when I am persecuted and have problems, because it is when I am weak that I am really strong.

2 Corinthians 12:8–10 (ERV)

May you have power together with all the Lord’s holy people to understand Christ’s love. May you know how wide and long and high and deep it is. And may you know his love, even though it can’t be known completely. Then you will be filled with everything God has for you.

Ephesians 3:18–19 (NIRV)

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