How a Believer Should Live

The last couple of years I have been in the word more than I ever have in my life and I LOVE IT. I am so thankful for this journey I am on with the Father through His son Jesus. I have been doing so much study, research and seeking the Father in prayer on the subject of exactly “How a believer should live; considering the OT (specifically the Mosaic Law), NT, specifically Jesus’ words and how ALL these scriptures relate to each other”.

If you ever wonder if there should be more to being a Christian or if you should do more as a Christian or what commands should we live by or just exactly how being a believer in Christ play out in our lives today; I think you will find this information and the links I have included to be very interesting and a real blessing!

“You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life” (Jn. 5:38,39).

No matter what, It always comes back to Jesus and it always will!!!

I am not trying to tell anyone how they should live as a believer; I am only sharing what God has shown me!! As believers we have to seek the Father through the son, by His word and prayer and then listen to the Holy Spirit for ourselves. I pray that whoever might read this is truly hungry for a real, active, continual and intimate relationship with the Father through His son Jesus; that you seek Him everything in you and that you really listen to what HE is telling you through His spirit without tradition of any kind or your flesh get in the way.

Romans 14: 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister[a]? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,

‘every knee will bow before me;

every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another…………

17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.  19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Below is an easy to understand, scripture based list that covers how a believer should live and here are some GREAT LINKS for more research:

~~About “Torah Observance”

~~The Mosaic Law: Its Function and Purpose in the New Testament

~~Christians and the law of Moses

~~ Christians and the Law of Moses: A Study of Acts 15

~~ Does the NT contradict the Hebrew Bible in its discussions of the ‘passing away’ of the Mosaic Law?

~~The Severity of Some of the Old Testament Laws and Their Relevance For Christians

“The Threefold Duties of the New Testament Believer

(To read the COMPLETE article go HERE; this article was also listed under the links above):

In the New Testament, then, completely adequate teaching is provided as to the principles of conduct the Christian will follow if he truly presents his body “a living sacrifice” (Rom 12:1) and walks “in the Spirit” (Eph 5:9). In Titus 2:11-14 is to be found a convenient outline around which to group these principles. First in this passage it is majestically stated that God’s grace brings us salvation. But His grace then teaches us to live soberly, righteously and godly. These are three important lines of responsibility: the believer is to live soberly with regard to himself (Rom 12:3); righteously with regard to his fellow men; and godly with regard to the Lord. The same truth can be more or less expressed in a somewhat different way: We should seek to live in accordance with the precepts of grace because (1) this will please God (Heb 13:16) and will demonstrate our love for Christ (John 14:15); (2) it will help others (Matt 5:16; Titus 3:8,14); (3) it will bring true joy and blessing to our own hearts (John 15:10-11). 15

The following compilation, though not exhaustive, contains some of the most important of these precepts.

Duties toward God

1. Trust Him (Mark 11:22; John 14:1, ASV; Heb 11:6).

2. Love Him and seek to know Him better (1 John 5:2; Phil 3:10, 15; Jas 4:8).

3. Be thankful to Him; worship and praise Him (John 4:23; Col 3:15; Heb 13:15.)

4. Serve Him (Rom 12:6-8, 11; 1 Cor 15:58).

5. Pray to Him (Luke 18:1; Rom 12:12; Eph 6:18; Phil 4:6; Col 4:2; 1 Tim 2:2).

6. Live in accordance with His will (Rom 12:1; Heb 13:21; Jas 4:7).

7. Walk in the Spirit (Gal 5:16, 25; Eph 5:18).

8. Hold fast to sound doctrine and contend for the faith (2 Tim 1:13; Heb 13:9; Jude 3).

9. Witness for Christ (John 15:27; Acts 1:8; 1 Pet 3:15).

10. Do everything as unto Him (1 Cor 10:31; Eph 6:7-8; Col 3:17,23-24).

11. Be diligent in devotion and study of His Word (John 5:39; Col 3:16; 2 Tim 2:15; Jas 4:8; 1 Pet 2:2).

1. Do not have idols (1 Cor 10:7, 14; Eph 5:3; Phil 3:19; Col 3:5; 1 Tim 6:17; Heb 13:15; 1 John 5:21).

2. Do not receive false teachers (2 John 10).

3. Do not mock or speak against God (Gal 6:7; Col 3:8).

Duties toward Other Human Beings

1. Love all, especially our brethren (John 15:17; Rom 12:10; 1 Cor 16:14; 1 Pet 1:22; 1 John 3:23; 4:7 {1 John 4:7}).

2. Be sympathetic and compassionate (Eph 4:32; Phil 2:4; Col 3:12).

3. Forgive and forbear (Rom 12:19; Eph 4:32; Col 3:13).

4. Deal honestly and fairly (Rom 12:17b; 13:7 {Rom 13:7}; 13:13 {Rom 13:13}; 1 Thess 4:12; Jas 2:1).

5. Do good to all and help all (Rom 12:13; Gal 6:2, 10; 1 Thess 5:15; Titus 3:1; Heb 13:16; Jas 4:17; 3 John 11).

6. Tell the truth (Eph 4:25).

7. Be courteous and live peaceably with all (Rom 12:18; 1 Pet 2:17; 3:8 {1 Pet 3:8}).

8. Treat others as we would like for them to treat us (Luke 6:31; Rom 12:17a).

9. Provide a good example for others (1 Cor 8:9, 13; Phil 2:15).

10. Urge brethren to good works and seek to restore backsliders (Gal 6:1; Heb 10:24).

1. Do not lie or bear false witness (Eph 4:25; Col 3:9; Titus 2:3).

2. Do not steal (Eph 4:28; 1 Pet 4:15).

3. Do not murder (1 Pet 4:15).

4. Do not commit adultery or fornication (1 Cor 6:18; 1 Thess 4:13).

5. Do not judge others or speak evil of them (Rom 14:13; Titus 3:2; Jas 4:11; cf. John 7:24).

6. Do not be unequally yoked with an unbeliever (2 Cor 6:14).

7. Do not have fellowship with professing Christians who live in scandalous sin (1 Cor 5:11; 2 Thess 3:14).

8. Do not go to law with other believers (1 Cor 6:lff).

9. Do not glory in men (1 Cor 3:21).

10. Avoid troublemakers and useless disputes (Rom 16:17; 2 Tim 2:23; Titus 3:12).

11. Do not have unpaid debts (Rom 13:8).

Duties toward Self

1. Be holy (1 Pet 1:15; 2:11 {1 Pet 2:11}; 2 Pet 3:1).

2. Cleave to the good and do good to all (Rom 12:9; 1 Thess 5:15).

3. Study the Word of God and meditate on sacred things (1 Thess 4:11; 2 Tim 2:15).

4. Grow spiritually (2 Pet 3:18).

5. Think on good things (Phil 4:8).

6. Think soberly of yourself (Rom 12:3).

7. Be ambitious in the right way (1 Cor 12:31; 14:1 {1 Cor 14:1}; 2 Cor 5:4).

8. Be content with what God gives you (Heb 13:5).

9. Rejoice in the Lord (Rom 12:12; Phil 3:1; 4:4 {Phil 4:4}; 1 Thess 5:16).

10. Live in the light of the judgment seat of Christ (1 Cor 9:24).

11. Judge yourself and confess sins to God (1 Cor 11:31; 2 Cor 13:5; 1 John 1:9).

12. Conserve time for good purposes (Eph 5:11; Col 4:5).

13. Cultivate your mind (1 Pet 1:13).

14. Do useful work (Eph 4:28; 2 Thess 3:12).

15. Keep your body clean and in good health (1 Cor 6:15; 6:19,20 {1 Cor 6}; 10:31 {1 Cor 10:31}; Rom 12:1).

1. Abhor evil (Rom 12:9; 1 Thess 5:22).

2. Avoid pride (Rom 12:3; Jas 4:10; 1 Pet 5:6).

3. Do not conform to or love the world (Rom 12:2; 1 John 2:15).

4. Do not fellowship with evil (Eph 5:11).

5. Do not sin through anger (Eph 4:26).

6. Do not worry (Phil 4:6; 1 Pet 5:7; 1 John 14:1,27).

7. Do not be lazy (Rom 12:1).

8. Do not use filthy speech (Eph 4:29; 5:4 {Eph 5:4}).

9. Do not become drunk (Eph 5:18).

10. Do not complain (1 Cor 10:10; Phil 2:14).

Miscellaneous Duties

Beyond all that has been said…, there are still other duties which the earnest believer would do well to consider: duties toward the lower creation; responsibilities with regard to human government; special duties devolving upon particular classes, such as the unmarried, husbands, wives, children, servants. ” ~~~from  article: The Mosaic Law: Its Function and Purpose in the New Testament listed above.

In summary:

LOVE GOD with every single bit of you and HIS Holy Spirit will Guide you into ALL of HIS truth!!!

Deuteronomy 6:5

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Mark 12:30

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

John 16:13
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

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