Every Christian really aims to be a better Christian (or at least we should). Sometimes it’s hard to know the right first step to take, or how exactly to grow your walk with Christ.
It’s really not a difficult task; as salvation is a simple, easy process based on faith and God’s perfection, rather than our own, so is growing nearer to God a matter of trust and doing the right thing, and just letting God do the rest. Here are a few simple ways, though, to let Him into your life a little more each day.
100 Ways to become a better Christian – How to live a spirit-filled life!
1. Thank God every day that you are alive; it’s truly a blessing that we take so for granted, as approximately 151,600 people die every day.
2. Make it a habit to start your day with a prayer, as soon as you wake up. This will demonstrate to God that He is the number one priority in your life.
3. When you pray, remember to pray from the heart; if you’re prayer doesn’t move you, how can you expect it to move God?
4. Challenge yourself to study the Bible regularly so that you faith can increase exponentially. Romans 10:17 explains that the more Bible you read, the more your faith increases.
5. If you struggle with praying, make it a habit to time yourself in prayer, starting from five minutes a day to 10 minutes until you are able to easily pray for a minimum of one hour a day.
6. Download uplifting worship songs to your phone or iPod to cheer you up when you find yourself feeling down.
7. Fill your smartphone with empowering sermons from your favorite preachers and listen when you have free time.
8. Frequently monitor and examine your spiritual growth by examining the evidence of you new nature. In Galatians 5:22-23, Apostle Paul states that the fruit of the Holy Spirit will produce in you the new fruits in our lives, including joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
9. Purchase a Bible study devotional you love, in order to make your Bible study time more enjoyable.
10. Memorize Romans 8:28. This verse will keep you going in tough times.
11. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in everything you do. (John 14:26)
12. Write a gratitude list to remind yourself of everything you’re thankful for.
13. Don’t look down on yourself, believing that other Christians are more righteous; remember, God is not a respecter of persons and we’ve all fallen short of God’s glory. It’s by His grace we are saved. (Roman 3:10)
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” – Proverbs 1:8
15. Don’t read the Bible as a history book; read it for the sole purpose of building a relationship with God, and to know the nature of God and what pleases him. The more you know, the more you begin to operate within the nature of Christ.
16. Buy a journal and monitor your personal spiritual growth. Write about and pray for those individuals you witness to each day.
16. Keep a Bible study journal and write down biblical study notes. Later, reflect on your revision notes so to keep you fresh in your knowledge of Christ.
17. Be proactive in putting what you read in the Bible into practice. (Philippians – 4:9)
18. Spend more time reading the Bible than you spend on social media.
19. Follow a Bible reading plan to add structure to your life.
20. Write prayer points before you pray, so to you’ll never run out of words.
21. After praying for what you are asking God for, write down a plan of action, then begin to go after your wants. James 2:17 says, “Faith without work is dead”.
22. Watch movies that remind you how Jesus loves us so much he suffered for us; a recommended movie is The Passion of the Christ.
Movie: Passion of Christ
23. Download the Bible App to make the Word of God readily available, especially when travelling.
24. Listen to sermons while you drive, and make your journey productive.
26. Learn to listen to the voice of God; there are plenty of sermons on YouTube that will point you into the right direction.
27. Use the Word of God as a shield to overcome the lies of the enemy when he whispers into your ears; Jesus used this tactic to defeat the devil in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:3)
28. The greatest gospel you can preach is the life you live. Strive to live a righteous life so that people can see the reflection of God in your behavior. (Matthew 5:16)
29. Fast every month in order to detox your body, humble your flesh and build up your inner spirit.
30. Educate yourself about the Holy Spirit. In John 14:26, Jesus mentioned that the Holy Spirit is your advocate and will guide you into all truth.
31. Read The Way of Agape by Nancy Missler. This book explains the depth of love God has for each of us, and can really help you to get your thoughts in the right place before you begin the day.
32. Read books on how to increase your faith; a recommended book is Fourth Dimension by Yonggi Cho, the founder of the world’s largest mega church.
33. When you find yourself struggling to pray, play worship music in the background, as this should make it easier to focus your mind on God.
34. When you pray, pray as if Jesus were standing beside you, hearing every single word that comes out your mouth. This method will help you to pray from the heart with more emotion.
35. When negative thoughts attack your mind, rebuke them immediately. The apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:8 that we should only think thoughts that are lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy.
36. Make a covenant with yourself now to not allow your achievement, accolades and status in life lead you to become arrogant. Proverbs 16:18 tells us “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
37. Disassociate yourself from the mockers and slanderers. 1 Corinthians 15:33 says “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.”
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.” – Psalm 1:1
38. Distance yourself from those who intentionally try to antagonize you. Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
39. Before taking action, ask yourself if Jesus would approve. If no, don’t do it; if yes, go ahead.
40. Print out empowering Biblical affirmations, and repeat each affirmation hundreds of time until you begin to develop a new image of yourself in Christ.
41. Make a habit of finding a meaningful Bible verse every day to memorize and meditate on; this is one of the fastest ways to renew your mind and align yourself with God’s perfect will over your life. (Joshua 1:8)
42. Think carefully before you speak, especially if someone provokes you. (James 1:19)
43. Set a target of telling at least one person every day about Jesus and the good news of salvation. (Proverbs 11:30)
42. Buy a pocket-size Bible and distribute it to people you evangelize to.
43. Don’t waste your time trying to convince people who reject salvation; don’t let their disbelief rub off on you. (Matthew 10:14)
44. Be polite to people without expecting politeness in return; remember that we live not to please man, but God.
45. Go through your phone contacts and evangelize to each one.
46. Play Inspired by the Bible Experience when you sleep.
47. Read about the Azusa Street movement by William J. Seymour and let his story inspire you to tap into the unlimited power of the Holy Spirit. (Recommended book – Click here)
48. Study the life of Smith Wigglesworth. Allow his remarkable story to encourage you to live out your faith in boldness. (Recommended book – Click here)
49. Wipe the log out of your eye before trying to wipe the speck out of your brother’s and sister’s eyes.
50. Watch testimonies on YouTube of individuals who overcame struggles through Christ that you are currently facing; listening to testimonies is a sure way to boost up your hope in the Lord.
51. If you are struggling with an unhealthy addiction which harms your relationship with God, fully remove the object of your addiction from your life.
51. Remove yourself from situations that would most likely lead you to sin.
52. When you struggle forgiving someone, read Matthew 18:23-35 and it should give you a new outlook on why it’s beneficial to give.
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” – Matthew 18:22
53. Make a decision to love people despite how they treat you. Read 1 John 4:20-21 to strengthen your actions in this area.
54. Consciously remind yourself that we were all created in the likeness and image of God, so be respectful of the people you come in contact with. (Genesis 1:26)
56. When you fall or sin, immediately go on your knees and ask for forgiveness before it’s too late.
57. Ask God to forgive you for your sins; true repentance is clearly understood as changing your mind, from wanting to sin to not sinning at all. This results in a change of our actions.
58. If you sin, don’t beat yourself up or feel condemned; the devil will use this type of emotion to destroy you. Just sincerely repent and ask God for forgiveness and then move on.
59. Sincerely ask Jesus to help you overcome your weaknesses that you struggle with, and then be assured that he will help you. (Matthew 11:28)
60. Watch Amazing Grace, the biopic of William Wilberforce; this movie will hopefully provoke you to use your gifts to change your nation.
62. Don’t let your emotions guide you; rather, let the Word of God be your compass. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
63. If you find yourself weak in faith, ask your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for you. (James 5:14)
64. Don’t be discouraged. (John 14:1)
65. Mentally prepare yourself for persecution for your faith in Christ.(Mark 13:13)
66. Jump for joy any time anyone insults you for placing your trust in Jesus. The more they insult you, the more blessings you will receive. (Matthew 5:11)
67. Take a walk to around your community to remind yourself of God’s gifts, provisions and wonderful creations. Take the opportunity to appreciate the sky, trees, the birds and more.
68. Eat and exercise regularly, to feel energized and positive, regardless of your mood.
69. Find yourself an accountability partner in your journey in Christ. Hill Song New York pastor Carl Lentz and his associates used this strategy by holding themselves accountable to share Jesus with a minimum of one person a day.
70. Tell one new person every day about Christ.
71. Share your testimonies with others; this will help lay a foundation for others to strengthen their faith and draw near to God.
72. Cultivate the attitude of a Good Samaritan by volunteering your time and resources to helping random people who need your help in your community. (Luke 10:25-37)
73. Get involved with Christian outreach projects in order to develop a heart of compassion.
74. Send a text to encourage someone you know is going through a hard times.
“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” – Proverbs 12:25
75. Develop an appetite to serve others; this is the fastest way to elevate your own life. (Matthew 20:26)
76. Work hard, so that you can become fruitful in what God has called you to do; this will prevent you from coveting or being jealous of others who were diligent enough to succeed in their calling. (Colossians 3:23)
77. Listen to faith-based audio whilst you work, and let it create a holy atmosphere around your actions.
78. Cultivate your gifts and godly passions knowing that He deposited specific gifts in you so that you can use them. For example, God wouldn’t bless you with a talented singing voice if He didn’t want you to use it for His glory. (Proverbs 22:29)
79. Keep your word, and do whatever it takes to do what you say you will do. Keep to this principle, which will give you a trustworthy reputation and glorify your Father in Heaven.
80. Never hastefully make a promise, and think critically before you speak to ensure you can keep a promise.
81. When in public places (for example you work), pray regular in your heart to continue your relationship with God.
82. Pay back the money you owe. (Luke 19:8)
82. When lending money to someone, only lend what you are prepared to not get back. This way, if you are not paid, you will not grow resentful towards the person who owes you.
83. Pay your tithes and offering; this discipline will show Him that you place His word above material possession.
84. Practice smiling more often, as this will make you a happier person.
85. Choose to do one thing a day that puts you out your comfort zone. It’s usually the uncomfortable activities that bring us the largest results.
86. Be exceptional and outstanding in your work place to glorify your Father in Heaven.
87. Don’t look at hard times in your life as hardships, but instead look at them as a test from God. (James 1:2-4)
88. Thank God for every good gift, and let Him know that you are observant of His generosity in your life. God will not shy away from continuously blessing you if He knows you are aware of His awesome gestures. (James 1:17)
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17
89. Set aside a day to enjoy a prayer walk, where you walk through your city praying for churches, schools and issues plaguing the community.
90. Study the Bible every day without fail. (Colossians 3:16)
91. Let go of your shameful past and let your previous life failures and regrets show you why you need Christ more than ever in your life. (Philippians 3:13)
92. Think about how your decision may affect others before you come to a decision.
93. Sing praise songs with all your heart when you have the opportunity, from in the shower to when you’re doing the dishes.
94. Once every month, find a solitary place to spend time with God for the whole day in fasting, praying and studying His words.
95. Make it an aim to surround yourself with spirit-filled believers who are sold out on Christ, so that by just being in proximity with these people your dedication to Christ will rise drastically.
96. Find a prayer partner and schedule a time for you both to pray together.
97. Join a local Bible study group, for Proverbs 71:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
98. Attend church regularly.
99. After your church service finishes, make a habit of introducing yourself to new people and make more friends within the faith. (2 Timothy 2:15)
100. Don’t panic when you don’t see changes overnight, just continue to sow in God and in due season you will be rewarded. (Psalm 1:3)
101. If you ever find yourself doubting God, don’t panic. This is common in Christians across the globe, and even Billy Graham at one time struggled with doubt. Instead, keep praying for God to strengthen you and be assured that He will help you to overcome your doubts.
102. Gain insight on the schemes of the devil so that you don’t fall into his devices. Ex-Satan worshiper John Ramirez, now a Christian, released a book called Unmasking the Devil, which reveals the enemies’ traps.
103. Read the Bible slowly in order to gain understanding.
104. Read a Bible verse before you go to sleep, as to lay a foundation to wake with your spirits already lifted.
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“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Roman 10:9