What is “Biblical Living?” I think the Scripture that most epitomizes “Biblical Living” is John 15:5, which reads in the New Revised Standard Version, “I [Jesus] am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me
you can do nothing.”
Do you live this way? Do you abide in Christ? Do you allow Christ in you, to bear much fruit? If we are truly honest with ourselves, most of us don’t. We may desire to, but we don’t.
So how do we? We need to know God’s Word. We need to study God’s Word and allow it to transform us, to renew our mind (Romans 12:2). We need to apply God’s Word to our lives so we are truly living Biblically.
Many of you, our Dove listeners, know some of my story. . . On October 25, 2005, my parents were murdered. What you may not know, is that what got me through my faith crisis was God, speaking to me, through His Word. Regardless of how much my heart was (and sometimes still is) troubled, I choose to believe in God, and I pray Scripture to reinforce my faith. For example, I told God that Scripture says “Do not let your hearts be troubled . . .” (John 14:1a), “but my heart is troubled, Lord! You allowed my parents to be murdered!!!” I plead with God to give me the faith that will move mountains (Matthew 17:20). When I have struggled with painful feelings, I asked God to replace my anger, anxiety, and fear with the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). I asked God to remove my sleepless nights and enable me to sleep in peace and safety (Psalm 4:8). I asked God to
replace my weakness with His strength (Psalm 28:7). I asked God to take away the loneliness of life without Mom and Pop, and to give me the abundant life (John 10:10). I
told God I desire justice, and God told me in His Word that He is the Righteous Judge (Psalm 7:11; 9:8; 98:9). His Word reminded me that I do not need to worry about justice on earth because the final judgment happens in heaven (Revelation 20:11-15).
So what is your situation that you need God’s comfort, direction, and hope? Marriage or relationship difficulties, challenges in raising children, work issues? Be specific and then look up what God’s Word has to say about it and begin to pray Scripture.
You see, friends, when we pray God’s Word over our situation, we are living Biblically. We are inviting God to help us to see this earthly life through His lenses. We are welcoming God to use Scripture to mold us more into His glorious reflection. It is God’s Word that the Holy Spirit uses to transform us into the image of Christ. Then Christ can live in us and through us to bear much fruit because apart from Christ, we can do nothing (John 15:5).
Tina is a wife (to Laird Jones), mother (to Hannah Maria, Christina, and baby Rachel in heaven), speaker, author, university professor (Master Faculty of Business and Psychology for LeTourneau University), Sister of Grace, and President of Doral Cove Ministries. Tina reaches out to people world-wide with the truth about how to live for Jesus Christ,
abiding in Him, for life. For more “Biblical Living” listen weekdays at 6:45 am and 5:15 pm on the Dove 105.3fm. for “Devotionals for Your Soul” and visit www.doralcove.com Be
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Elacqua, T. C. (2013). Biblical living. Women’s Journal (p.19). Tennessee: Bickerstaff Publishing.