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Memorization

Memorization

Do you take scripture memorization seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While they will indeed memorize a favorite “life verse” from the Bible and perhaps a few other de-contextualized snippets of evangelical sloganeering, it seems that very few devote themselves to a regular and rigorous program of scripture memorization.

If more Christians did take scripture memorization seriously, they would not be so easily deceived by heretics and they would not be so quickly defeated by the devil and drawn into sin when he takes aim at their hearts and lets his fiery arrows fly.

God calls you to take scripture memorization seriously:

For the man of God says, “Thy word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against thee…” and of this man it is written, “The law of his God is in his heart; therefore none of his steps shall slide.” (Psalms 119:11 and 37:31)


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Holiness

Holiness

Do you take holiness seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While many will indeed speak of their desire to “become more like Jesus”, it seems that any serious discussions about pursuing personal holiness are immediately dismissed by modern evangelicals as nothing but legalism and phariseeism.

If more Christians took seriously God’s command to come out from the world, stay separate from the world, and even hate the world so that they might become more like their Saviour, they would so shine as lights in this world that many would come to Christ.

God calls you to take holiness seriously:

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14) “For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.” (Romans 6:19)


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Sabbath

Sabbath

Do you take the sabbath seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most will indeed attend an hour-long worship service each week, there are very few who consciously and consistently set aside an entire twenty-four hour period each week for rest, worship, and ministry.

If more Christians took seriously God’s command to remember and keep holy the sabbath day, the stores and restaurants would be empty, the houses of worship and prayer would be filled, the orphans and widows would be visited, and the saints would be refreshed and rewarded.

God calls you to take the sabbath seriously:

“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the LORD…” (Isaiah 58:13-14)


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Baptism

Baptism

Do you take baptism seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. Whether one believes in infant baptism or believer’s baptism, it  seems that most Christians believe that baptism is as a religious rite which is once to be received and then may be forgotten.

If Christians were to remember their baptism more often and especially that glorious name into which they were baptized, they would be more conscious of their identity, more diligent in mortifying the flesh, and more careful to walk in newness of life.

God calls you to take baptism seriously:

“Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we were buried with him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4)


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Communion

Communion

Do you take communion seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. Even in the days of the apostles, there were some who approached the Lord’s Supper in an unprepared and unworthy manner. This not only prevented them from enjoying full communion with Christ, but some even became sick and died as a result.

While the Bible clearly states this somber fact, it seems that most Christians have chosen to avoid such uncomfortable thoughts.  Many continue to approach the Lord’s Supper in a casual and even nonchalant manner, rather than with humble hearts and godly fear.

God calls you to take communion seriously:

“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” (1 Corinthians 11:27-29)


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Prayer

Prayer

Do you take prayer seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most will perhaps ‘say their prayers’ before dinner or before bed, it seems that few (if any) spend significant and soul-searching time with the Lord in prayer.

If more Christians did seek the Lord’s face daily in prayer, they would not only feel God’s comforting presence, but also be filled with emotional peace and spiritual power as they face their daily trials, temptations, crosses and losses.

God calls you to take prayer seriously:

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)


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