Being a R.E.A.L. Christian – Part 4
Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 07:27PM
NECM

So, are you convinced yet?  Satan is that lion, looking for the opportunity to strike a weak opponent and remove any hope they have in life.  However, God has not called us to be weak, but strong!  He has used the Apostle Paul to reveal to us on how to be a R.E.A.L. Christian from the verses found in Ephesians 6:10-20, so that we can stand strong against the enemy:

            Ready (v. 10-12) to encounter the sneak attacks

            Equipped (v. 13-17) to engage in battle when the enemy strikes

            Alert (v. 18) to the weaknesses in our lives that could draw enemy attack

While these instructions may seem easy to follow, the everyday experience shows that they are indeed difficult.  We need to make the effort to follow through on them and be prepared for battle!  This is a real life battle with real life consequences.  We are in a battle with the enemy for the souls of men!  Once he can get us discouraged and distracted, we then become ineffective for the final element of being a R.E.A.L. Christian, which is Looking for opportunities to share the gospel and serve others. 

Looking         

            Ephesians 6:19-20

“and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Paul was looking for an opportunity to share the gospel with others, even though he was facing great opposition.  Satan had made Paul a primary target and was doing all he could to discourage and distract him from the gospel.  However, Paul requested that prayer be made on his behalf so that wouldn’t happen.  We need to be lifting each other up in prayer on a regular basis and praying that we would be bold in sharing the gospel with others. We need to proclaim like Paul did in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”

The Apostle Peter has encouraged us with what our purpose is now that we are followers of Christ. 

            1 Peter 2:9-12

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.  Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.  Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

As servants of the Lord, we should be looking for the opportunity to serve others.  It is when we serve people that God can open the door for us to share the gospel.  In order to do so effectively, we need to keep our lives as a good example among others.  In order to keep our lives as a good example and above reproach, we need to make the effort to be R.E.A.L. Christians. 

Serving the Risen Christ,

Ken

 

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