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Conduct Unbecoming a Christian

If you’ve served in the military or watched any war movies, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “conduct unbecoming an officer.” It’s a charge with sometimes severe consequences if an officer does something that an officer shouldn’t do.

As Christians, we are supposed to act like Christ — Strive to be Christ-like. It’s expected of us.

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he stresses this:

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Philippians 1:27a

What’s important are the first two words: “whatever happens” – that means at all times, in all circumstances, no matter what.

There’s no Excuse for not Behaving like a Christian!

It’s not easy. But God gave us two invaluable tools: the Bible and the Holy Spirit.

Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.

Luke 11: 28

Each morning, before we start our day, we need to ask God for strength and guidance to conduct ourselves worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Galatians 5: 22-26

Resisting Temptation

I heard a wise man once say…

The best way to resist temptation is to avoid it in the first place.

Easier said than done, right? Temptation is everywhere. In fact, that’s Satan’s number one job here on earth — to tempt the Christian into doing wrong.

As a Catholic, I had a hard time resisting temptation. Even once I was baptized, I still tried to live with one foot in the world and one foot in the Kingdom. Believe me, it doesn’t work.

However, because I had invited Jesus into my heart, I had the Holy Spirit in me to tell me, “Giselle, no, you know you shouldn’t do that. God doesn’t approve.”

It was up to me to obey.

If I didn’t, that guilty feeling — the conviction of the Holy Spirit — was with me until I got on my knees and asked Jesus for forgiveness. I admitted, I was still sinning when I shouldn’t. What God wanted me to do was surrender MY WHOLE LIFE to Him.

As I did, I found myself being offended by secular music, many TV shows, R-rated movies, magazines, even commercials.

You don’t get the Holy Spirit unless you are Born Again — and that only happens when you, as an adult, realized that you want Jesus in your heart and that ONLY HE can save you.

That, my friends, is salvation.

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.

1 John 5:1-3

It’s that simple. By the way, God’s commandments includes not worshiping idols — idolatry. Catholics are very guilty of that — praying to the Virgin Mary and the saints.

Ask Jesus into your heart right now and the Holy Spirit will reveal to you exactly what you’re doing wrong.

Jesus said…

“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:22‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Jesus also said,

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

‭‭John‬ ‭8:32‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Soli Deo Gloria!

“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life to you. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. Amen.”

Next Steps in Your New Walk with Jesus…

  1. Start reading the Bible daily. If you don’t have one, I recommend the YouVersion, Bible.app and Through the Word app — both are free and have a lot of great daily devotionals and Bible studies.
  2. Pray every day. Talk to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you daily.
  3. Find and join a Bible-believing church — preferably a non-denominational one.

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