Yesterday’s post dealt with the reasons an individual might become unfaithful to God and the Church. I may post later the Church’s role in pushing people away or keeping them near, but that is a later post. Today, as promised, I want to offer a few ways you and I can keep ourselves faithful to God.
1. Know Satan’s ploys. Know your enemy, know how he works. Watch for patterns.
2. Know your own tendencies. Know yourself. Satan knows your weaknesses and will attempt to exploit them. Learn where you are weak and strengthen that area (those areas) of weakness.
3. Work on Self before working on others. This ties in with the above observation, but takes us a step farther. It is so easy to focus on the areas others need to improve and try to make sure they are aware of their weakness. Jesus would remind us to get the beam out of our own eye first.
4. Help each other (cf Gal 6:1-2). When we bear one another’s burdens, when we help those who struggle, we are not judging them harshly, but showing them love.
5. Remove all occasions to stumble. Does your right eye offend you? Jesus is not talking about literal dismemberment, but using hyperbole to get our attention. However, if television, internet, etc. lure you into pornography or keep you from serving God then turning them off and getting rid of them is not a bad idea.
6. Be spiritually minded. Did not Paul say, that we are to “look to the things that are eternal and not what is temporary.”? (2 Cor 4:16-18)
7. Engage in Godly activities. Find ways to do things that are pleasing to God. Find areas of service to others, after all, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”
8. Surround yourself with good influences. Choose your friends and associations wisely. Locate a group of Christians who regularly assemble to worship God and associate with them (Heb 10:24-25). This action will stir you on to continued faithfulness.
9. Learn and know the Truth that sets free (John 8:32). But remember that learning and knowing will not benefit us if we do not put what we learn into practice.
I anticipate your comments and additional suggestions.