I have a kind of spiritual test for you today to answer the question, do you have a heart for Jesus? and some Scriptures to examine ourselves for signs of a stable faith.
The Book of James is our how to of discipleship and provides some insights on not being a grumbler and Jesus also has some words to live by if we may need an attitude adjustment.
Jesus is the ultimate attitude adjuster and as we grow in our faith in Him we should know the fundamentals of repenting for our sins (evil deeds), praying earnestly (especially for others) and having a heart that is hot for the Word of God.
Evidence of an Established Heart
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
Evidence: the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid
Evidence that we have an established heart in Christ should show by our attitude and actions.
“Grudge not one against another” is James way of saying have a positive attitude towards one another.
Do you hold a grudge or grumble towards your neighbor or brother or sister?
It is easy to criticize other people without considering our own attitudes and actions.
Grumbling always occurs in the absence of grace.
If someone grumbles against someone they have forgotten the grace of God and in reality are condemning themselves.
Jesus – The Adjuster of Attitudes
35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Jesus had an insightful take on what our attitudes should be like.
Be giving, merciful, forgiving and loving.
With the same measure you give it will be given unto you.
Because we know Jesus is coming soon it should affect our attitudes and how we behave.
Truly, Jesus is at the door and our attitudes and actions should come from a pure heart, showing others love and kindness.
We should not hold grudges and grumble one to another because Jesus is at the door.
Have Integrity and Love God
And look at Job, how he endured great suffering, never turned on God and came out on top.
As such, we must endure with pure hearts in the Lord all the way to the end of our journey.
Be kind, be loving, be long-suffering, be giving, be merciful, be forgiving, speak truth in Christ Jesus and God will be with you and reward you greatly.
Let your yays be your yays and your nays be your nays and do not swear by anything in heaven or on earth.
For anything more than yay or nay comes from the evil one.
Be a man or woman of God and integrity.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” (Martin Luther King, Jr)
Pray for Others
One of the most mature and stable in faith things you can do is pray for others.
When you pray for others you show your reliance on Jesus and realize you cannot be the fixer of every ones problems, but through prayer you can have an impact.
Once you get into a regular groove of praying for others you will come to understand that it does make a difference and how rewarding is that, when you cannot help in other ways you still make a difference in others lives with your prayers.
When you have given of yourself in every way, there is still the power of prayer and trusting God to make the change in peoples lives that brings them closer to Him.
The power of prayer is very effective in calling non-believers to Christ when maybe they have said no to your invitation to the Gospel message. Jesus has His certain ways to bring the ones He wants close to Him regardless of their previous objections. They may have said no today, but tomorrow could bring a whole new outlook and attitude in someone you may have given a subtle nudge towards Christ.
Pray for your family. Pray for your friends. Pray for your enemies. Pray for your country. Pray for the Lord’s Churches. Pray for the Christian Missionaries. Pray for the poor. Pray for those who reject Christ.
Seek the Word of God Every Day
If you really want to grow in your faith and become well-established and stable in the Lord, you should look forward to study of the Bible beyond just Sunday Worship service.
There are several FREE resources on my Online Christian Resources page – Click Here to help you get more of the Word of God in your every day routine.
If you’re time constrained I recommend Dr. David Jeremiah’s FREE Daily Devotionals that only take a few minutes each day to read in your email inbox and are also a good reminder to pray.
If you want to dedicate 1/2 hour or more per day to the Word of God, I recommend Thru The Bible with Dr. J Vernon McGee teaching the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Thru The Bible is FREE to download or listen online and comes in 1/2 hour segments making it easy to fit into your schedule somewhere. I listen as I am relaxing before bedtime.
Seeking the Word of God, praying, repenting, not being a grumbler or grudge holder, having integrity, loving God and being giving, merciful, forgiving and loving towards others is evidence of having an established and stable heart of faith and living for the glory of Jesus Christ.
Reference: Pastor Al Pittman, Calvary Worship Center, Colorado Springs, CO
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Did this post help you better understand that an established or stable heart of faith shows you are living for the Lord?
God Bless You,
Hi Ladies and Gents, I am a born again Christian who attends Calvary Worship Center in Colorado Springs, CO. I really enjoy blogging about the Lord because it helps me to improve as a Christian. I hope you find my articles helpful if you are thinking of becoming a Christian or want to be a better Christian. Blessings.