A GUIDE TO CHRISTIAN LIVING

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A GUIDE TO CHRISTIAN LIVING - A SUMMARY

This book is a focussed description of Christian living made easy to practice. The target of this book is anyone who is serious about Christ and Christian living. It does not describe what Christianity is from a doctrinal point of view but helps to understand Christian terminology in a very novel way, easy to understand, and made lucrative to practice. For example: What is loving God? God is self-sufficient in everyway. He is Himself the source of love and joy. There is nothing man could do or undo to make Him feel nice or loved or unloved. Therefore loving God, first of all, is passive. The Lord Jesus puts it very finely saying "Abide in my love" as in "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love" (John 15:7 & 9). Therefore, the universal law of eternal life, Matthew 22:37-39, loving God starts with abiding in the love of God and ends with imitating God. Imitating God is loving the neighbour as ourselves. And to this, the Lord Jesus adds a warning: "Be shrewd as a serpent and innocent as a dove."

In this way, I have explained in easy to understand and attractive style what commandment is, what sin is, what worship in spirit and truth means, what is prayer, what is meditation, what is praise and worship, what is faith, what does walking in the spirit mean, and more importantly, what is the Word of God and what are its various forms, what does flesh and the world mean, what is fullness of life, is spiritual something alien to us, etc.

The Word of God alone is the source of fullness of life. The woman Eve used her free will to reject the Word of Life and chose instead to live through a reasoning mind for food and pleasure (Gen 3:6). Since then God, in His steadfast love and faithfulness, has been trying to infuse the Word of God, who alone is life, into the life of man (who has been dead spiritually) from Abel to Enoch to Noah to Abraham, and the people of the Bible until the Word of Life Himself became flesh and blood in the person of Christ Jesus our Lord and now the Word of Life resides in us who believe in the Lord Jesus as Emmanuel (God with us) the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit.

What is Christian Life? It is a lifestyle of abiding in the love of God, doing His will, and loving the neighbour as ourselves. For this lifestyle God offers us protection and blessing (Genesis 15:1) and in 2 Peter 1:3 "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness;" and eternal life (John 11:26, John 10:10) and glory as His own children (Rom 8:30) in His own Kingdom with the whole creation (Rom 8:21). Death is not a punishment from God for sin but sin as a lifestyle is in itself sickness, suffering, and death. We lose out much and struggle in life because we do not understand what God is offering to us. We have been willfully blinded to know the protection and blessing and eternal life God is offering us through Christian living called walking in the spirit. It is simple.

In this book I have dealt extensively with a new way of thinking because we become what we think; and we forget what we do not practice. The Bible talks of putting on the mind of Christ and renewing of our mind. I have differentiated between a spiritual mind and a physical mind. The physical mind is rooted in the flesh and the world. The flesh and the world offer in any field of living a lifestyle of selfishness and survival of the fittest and offers only one third of life. The spiritual mind is rooted in the Word of God. The Word of God is spirit and life-giving and offers fullness of life for eternity. The Word of God represents a lifestyle of abiding in the love of God, loving as God loves, and doing His will. The mind gets transformed through knowledge and meditating on the Word of God. The mind in turn controls our lifestyle. The physical mind has no one to help but the spiritual mind has God and his grace and his promises to help. When we try to operate on both the minds, the mind becomes double minded and confused and the spiritual becomes impossible to practice because the physical and spiritual are at war. Therefore repentance is not a decision of the physical mind to believe in the Lord Jesus; but repentance is the choice of free will in man to choose, as the woman Eve chose, to opt to live through the spiritual mind, a mind that functions on faith in the Word of God for achieving fullness of life.

This book would be very interesting and lovable to read and is certain to help anyone serious about Christ and Christian living and will help make Christian living lovable and joyful with success and fulfillment.
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A GUIDE TO CHRISTIAN LIVING

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A GUIDE TO CHRISTIAN LIVING - A SUMMARY

This book is a focussed description of Christian living made easy to practice. The target of this book is anyone who is serious about Christ and Christian living. It does not describe what Christianity is from a doctrinal point of view but helps to understand Christian terminology in a very novel way, easy to understand, and made lucrative to practice. For example: What is loving God? God is self-sufficient in everyway. He is Himself the source of love and joy. There is nothing man could do or undo to make Him feel nice or loved or unloved. Therefore loving God, first of all, is passive. The Lord Jesus puts it very finely saying "Abide in my love" as in "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love" (John 15:7 & 9). Therefore, the universal law of eternal life, Matthew 22:37-39, loving God starts with abiding in the love of God and ends with imitating God. Imitating God is loving the neighbour as ourselves. And to this, the Lord Jesus adds a warning: "Be shrewd as a serpent and innocent as a dove."

In this way, I have explained in easy to understand and attractive style what commandment is, what sin is, what worship in spirit and truth means, what is prayer, what is meditation, what is praise and worship, what is faith, what does walking in the spirit mean, and more importantly, what is the Word of God and what are its various forms, what does flesh and the world mean, what is fullness of life, is spiritual something alien to us, etc.

The Word of God alone is the source of fullness of life. The woman Eve used her free will to reject the Word of Life and chose instead to live through a reasoning mind for food and pleasure (Gen 3:6). Since then God, in His steadfast love and faithfulness, has been trying to infuse the Word of God, who alone is life, into the life of man (who has been dead spiritually) from Abel to Enoch to Noah to Abraham, and the people of the Bible until the Word of Life Himself became flesh and blood in the person of Christ Jesus our Lord and now the Word of Life resides in us who believe in the Lord Jesus as Emmanuel (God with us) the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit.

What is Christian Life? It is a lifestyle of abiding in the love of God, doing His will, and loving the neighbour as ourselves. For this lifestyle God offers us protection and blessing (Genesis 15:1) and in 2 Peter 1:3 "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness;" and eternal life (John 11:26, John 10:10) and glory as His own children (Rom 8:30) in His own Kingdom with the whole creation (Rom 8:21). Death is not a punishment from God for sin but sin as a lifestyle is in itself sickness, suffering, and death. We lose out much and struggle in life because we do not understand what God is offering to us. We have been willfully blinded to know the protection and blessing and eternal life God is offering us through Christian living called walking in the spirit. It is simple.

In this book I have dealt extensively with a new way of thinking because we become what we think; and we forget what we do not practice. The Bible talks of putting on the mind of Christ and renewing of our mind. I have differentiated between a spiritual mind and a physical mind. The physical mind is rooted in the flesh and the world. The flesh and the world offer in any field of living a lifestyle of selfishness and survival of the fittest and offers only one third of life. The spiritual mind is rooted in the Word of God. The Word of God is spirit and life-giving and offers fullness of life for eternity. The Word of God represents a lifestyle of abiding in the love of God, loving as God loves, and doing His will. The mind gets transformed through knowledge and meditating on the Word of God. The mind in turn controls our lifestyle. The physical mind has no one to help but the spiritual mind has God and his grace and his promises to help. When we try to operate on both the minds, the mind becomes double minded and confused and the spiritual becomes impossible to practice because the physical and spiritual are at war. Therefore repentance is not a decision of the physical mind to believe in the Lord Jesus; but repentance is the choice of free will in man to choose, as the woman Eve chose, to opt to live through the spiritual mind, a mind that functions on faith in the Word of God for achieving fullness of life.

This book would be very interesting and lovable to read and is certain to help anyone serious about Christ and Christian living and will help make Christian living lovable and joyful with success and fulfillment.
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