LIVING ABOVE AVERAGE (2) - PHILLIPIANS 3:1-10, HABBAKUK 3:17

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Bible in a year: 1 Samuel 29:1-31:13, John 11:55-12:19, Psalm 118:1-18, Proverbs 15:24-26

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Today we shall continue to consider living above average. Let's consider three ingredients of an above average Christian life.

1.   To have the above average Christian life, you must understand the basics of Christianity.  In the same way, until you understand the alphabets, you cannot understand or master a language. Before you can live an above average Christian life, you have to master the basic issues and the conditional issues. For instance, you can't be an above average Christian if you think culture has nothing to do with Christianity. You must not sacrifice your Christian culture for something against it. Persecution comes when your Christian culture conflicts with the natural culture. Salvation is another basic issue. When you get born again, then the works that accompany salvation are produced in your life.

2.   Another ingredient is who you listen to. Those you listen to will largely determine whether you will be a below average, average or above average Christian. Don't listen to people who complicate salvation; salvation is simple, you need nothing special to understand it. Listen to the Holy Spirit, your pastor, your leaders, and your destiny company. He that walks with the wise will be wise. This is the secret of a great Kingdom life as both faith and fear come by hearing. You are either hearing words that are building fear in your heart or you are listening to words of God that will connect you to the plan and power of God for your life.

3.   You must not boast in the flesh. The flesh is that part of you which people can see and relate with. It is also the way the body has been trained overtime. To become an above average Christian, your confidence must be in things that are spiritual and your spiritual training. Apostle Paul listed things that could be his confidence but he had to count them as dung to grow above average in his Christian life (Phil 3:8).

Those who establish those things as their boast never experience "the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus". Make a deliberate effort to build a Christian life that will have all the ingredients required for a great life. May the Lord depend on your in your day in Jesus name.

Prayer: Lord, I receive grace to be a doer of your divine principles and walk in the knowledge of Christ Jesus that will give me an exceptional Christian life in Jesus’ name. Amen.