7 HABITS OF HIGHLY ESTABLISHED CHRISTIANS
nas luke 6:46 “and why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what i say? 47 “everyone who comes to me, and hears my words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 “but the one who has heard, and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house upon the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.”
We are responsible for building a solid house (life).
Psa. 127:1 unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it
Prov. 24:3 by wisdom a house (Life) is built, and by understanding it is established
established means to place something securely and permanently in a position, situation, or condition… ; growing strongly
1. THEY FEED THEIR SPIRITS BY MAKING A HABIT OF READING GOD’S WORD EVERY DAY.
NIV James 1:25 the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.
Matt. 4:4 Jesus said, ‘man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
John 8:31 Jesus therefore was saying to those jews who had believed him, “if you abide in my word, then you are truly disciples of mine; 32 and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Prov. 4:20 my son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. 22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their whole body 23 watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
2. THEY BUILD UP THEIR FAITH BY LISTENING TO GOD’S WORD EVERY DAY. (HEARING)
Rom. 10:17 so faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of christ.
NIV James 1:22 do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. do what it says.
3. THEY STRENGTHEN AND ENCOURAGE THEMSELVES DAILY BY SPEAKING GOD’S WORD OVER THEMSELVES AND OVER THEIR LIVES.
Prov. 22:18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, that they may be ready on your lips. 19 so that your trust may be in the Lord, i have taught you today, even you.
AMP Philem. 1:6 and i pray that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good thing that is ours in our identification with christ jesus and unto his glory
4. THEY DOMINATE AND CONTROL THEIR “THOUGHT LIVES” BY FILLING THEIR MINDS WITH GOD’S WORD.
Josh 1:8 day and night
Psa. 1:2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law he meditates day and night. 3 and he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.
Rom. 8:6 for the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace,
Phil. 4:8 finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
5. THEY ANCHOR AND ESTABLISH THEIR HEARTS BY GIVING CONTINUAL PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING.
Psa. 34:1 I will bless the lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psa. 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Heb. 13:15 through him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to god, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to his name.
1Th. 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
Eph. 5:18 and do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;
Psa. 139:14 i will give thanks to thee, for i am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are thy works, and my soul knows it very well.
6. THEY EDIFY THEMSELVES AND CHARGE THEIR BATTERIES BY PRAYING IN OTHER TONGUES.
1 Cor. 14:4 One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself.
Jude 1:20 but you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith; praying in the holy spirit; 21 keep yourselves in the love of god, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our lord jesus christ to eternal life.
7. THEY STAY STREAMLINED AND AREODYNAMICALLY SOUND BY GETTING RID OF EXCESS BAGGAGE.
Heb. 12:1 therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us
2Tim. 2:3 suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
4 no soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
Psa. 112:1 praise the Lord! how blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments. 2 his descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. 4 light arises in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious and compassionate and righteous. 5 it is well with the man who is gracious and lends; he will maintain his cause in judgment. 6 for he will never be shaken; the righteous will be remembered forever. 7 he will not fear evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
1Cor. 15:58 therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the lord.
1. They feed their Spirit by making a habit of reading God’s word every day.
2. They build up their faith by listening to God’s word every day.
3. They strengthen and encourage themselves daily by speaking God’s word over themselves and over their lives.
4. They dominate and control their thought lives by filling their minds with God’s word.
5. They anchor and establish their hearts by giving continual praise and thanksgiving.
6. They edify themselves and “charge their batteries” by praying much in other tongues.
7. They become streamlined and aerodynamically sound by getting rid of excess baggage.
Amp prov 18:14 “the strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily paoin or trouble”