Christanity, as Ive studied it, experianced it and have come to accept how it is 'supposed' to be lived is simply that (I say with a 'sure' face) suppoed to be lived. Yes it is beyond our own power to fully fulfill, actually even slightly fullfil the way he wants us to live, but we were never ment to do it, it is the Holy Spirit in us (Baptised and anointed Christians) that fullfils it. As the parable, the 'vine and the branches' John 15:15 and any references that refer to the Holy Spirit empowering. ''You can do nothing without God''.
Being a Christian is about serving God with everything you have, to not submit to him in all areas is limiting Gods power and ability to move in your life, hence 'live by faith'. There are three things to compleatly submit;DESICIONS, TIME and FINANCES.
''Therefore, I urge you,brothers, in view of Gods mercy,to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,Holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will'' Romans12.
The begining is when a person belives that Jesus Christ is lord, confessing it with his mouth, and believes in his heart Jesus is raised from the dead. Then he/she asks God for forgivness of his sins and 'repents'. Salvation is gained through mercy by the blood shed when the 'Holy lamb of God' was sacrificed to wash away the sins of man forever, EPHESIANS 2:8,9. Repentance is the changing of our minds, turning from our old 'dead ways' to Gods ways, this is from the thoughts and desires of the flesh to the thoughts and desires of the Spirit. Galations 5:16-26.''Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires'' ROMANS 8:5 ''The man who sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life'' GALATIONS 6:8-9 Wisdom from the Spirit 1 CORINTHIANS 2:6-16.
A person first should be Baptised in water, this is full submersion, hence the word 'baptise' which sybolises death (with Christ)and rebirth(with Christ), made a-new, set free from your past. It is thought to have a deeper spiritual meaning which is little understood, but a running theme in the Bible is that where there is a physical practice there is a mirror spiritaul aspect to it also. This is done by somebody who is already anointed. Then followed by the 'laying on of hands', where the Holy Spirit is anointed onto the person, the baptism of fire. The person is commanded by God to ''love the lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strengh and love each other as I have loved you''. And to ''Go ye into all the world and preach the good news to all creation'' ect MARK 16:15. Forgivness comes at a price, however. In order to be forgiven, you must totally forgive everyone else yourself:eek:
Now that person is a fully fledged member of Gods kingdom, he must now build his relationship with his 'Father' through Christ. As Christianity is all about 'Relationship, Relationship, Relationship'. The core and true meaning, the whole point of it is to reform the bond between the Lord and Adam (man) in the cool of the day back in the Garden of Eden (presence of God). ''I will reward those who dilligently seek my face'', you dont even have to find it.The more you are filled with the desire to 'seek Gods face' the closer you will get. Humility is the key to this, the formula is to recognise;1, God created this universe and us. 2, God shows that he is much more powerful than we are by what he does and has done in our world. 3, God gives us abilities that we cannot supply to ourselves or explain our worthiness of, then we are humbled.
Faith is all a man needs to bring to the 'body of Christ'. ''Without faith it is impossible to please God'', and a faith the size of a mustard seed ''can move mountains''. ''Be Holy as I am Holy'', we cannot make ourselves Holy, but only by the influence and by being ''filled to over flowing with the Spirit''. Holy means 'different'. Its the 'difference' made in us by the Holy Spirit changing our minds into the 'mind of Christ'.
'Worship' is the most important aspect to being a Christian. Anointing depends on your obedience, from obediance comes sacrifice, from sacrifice comes worship, from worship comes fellowship/sonship/heirship/and reward (or blessings). These are Love, Peace, and Salvation. Christians are commanded to be 'the light of the world','ambasidors of Christ', and 'for as much is given much is expected'.
A Christian should rely on the LORD in all things, regardless. ''Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'never will I leave you; never will I forsake you''. Hebrews 13:5 ''But seek first his Kingdom and all his righteousness and all these will be given to you as well'' MATTHEW 6:31-33 ''Trust the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways ackknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight''. PROVERBS 3:5-6. Christian conduct, a couple examples; ''My Brothers, as believers in our glorious LORD Jesus Christ, dont show favoritism'' JAMES 2:1. ''To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogence, evil behaviour and perverse speech''PROVERBS 8:13.''Do not judge, or ye will be judged. For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the same measure you use, it will be measured to you''MATTHEW 7:1,2. This like many other scriptures and biblical consepts is missinterpreted. Cuppled with other scriptures such as ''dont you know that your are 'gods''', which Jesus said to the people, Hebrew translation means Judges, kings, rulers and Lords (not a deity);and the scripture about ''you will judge angels''. Judging others is not 'banned' by God, it means to do it fairly, and exercise justice and mercy.
Another forgotten or neglected aspect to Christianity is; 'Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons;they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands''(this is wrongly used by some denominations, scripture should always be backed up by other scripture or it gets warped;''Do not test the Lord your God'' ect)and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all(''Do all things with sound judgment and mind''); they will place their hands on sick people, and they will be healed.'' MARK 16:16-18. Also ''of the works I have done, in my name you will do greater works than these. There is nothing to suggest that these things have seaced to operate as they are in the Bible.''Non of these will pass untill the perfect has came''. There are spiritual gifts also 1 corinthians 12:1-11. Fighting against temptation is called 'standing firm in Christ. 'The Armour of God, EPHESIANS 6:10-18.
Just to round-up; ''Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation-but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are Sons of God'' ROMANS 8:12-14.