We often speak of what one must do to be saved. However, we often forget what we must do to remain saved. The Bible teaches that we can fall from grace and be eternally lost (Galatians 5:4; Revelation 2:5). Satan desires that we become unfaithful and step away from God (1 Peter 5:8; Luke 22:31). How can we avoid falling prey to Satan’s desire for us?
STUDY the Bible daily. The Psalmist tells us just how beneficial God’s word is in our daily lives. Psalm 119 lists several things that Bible study can do. 1. It can cleanse (vs. 9), quicken (vs. 25), strengthen (vs. 28), confirm and strengthen (vs. 38), comfort (vs. 50), instruct (vs. 98-99), give light (vs. 105), give hope (vs. 114) give peace (vs. 165), and deliver (vs. 170). It can deliver us from sin (vs. 11), give you understanding (vs. 169), and be your meditation all the day long (vs. 97).
To maintain our faithfulness we must study that which instructs us in the way of faithfulness. Paul told Timothy, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). We notice the passage does not say to simply READ the scripture, but to study (give diligence). Jesus overcame temptations by knowing scripture (Matthew 4:1-11).
PRAY regularly. Very often people only pray when in distress or in times of trouble. Prayer ought to be an important and ever present part of our daily lives. The Bible has much to say about our prayer life. Paul encouraged the Thessalonian brethren to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). The apostle exhorted the brethren to make prayer a constant companion. We are to enjoy the privilege of prayer in the closet, with our families, in public settings as well as in the worship assembly of the saints.
Prayer keeps us in touch with our Father. Our prayer life represents our close association with God. Through prayer we thank Him for our blessings and humbly make our requests to Him (Philippians 4:6). A regular prayer life can help keep us faithful.
Sincerely DESIRE to go to heaven. The greatest desire we should have is that of going to heaven. Salvation must be the burning desire of our hearts. We are to set our affections on things above (Colossians 3:2). When we set our minds on heaven faithfulness will be our daily companion.
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