Living the Faith

by Richard Mansel, managing editor
sandfeet.jpgMy new column, “Living the Faith,” will seek to help us through the spiritual minefields that we face each day as Christians. Knowledge and awareness are indispensable to walking in Christ. Growing in service to God and developing a healthier perspective on Christianity can rejuvenate our spiritual lives (2 Peter 3:18).
Many believe in the principles and foundations of Christianity and can recite facts about them. Yet, the Christian life is far more than a trivia game. It is a life lived with passion and a healthy perspective in Christ. Grace, mercy and the forgiveness of sins are ideas emboldened by the presence of Christ in our lives, giving them flesh so we can walk strongly and confidently.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, NKJV).
God is the sole source of peace, forgiveness and blessings and we cannot exist without them. Jesus’ blood cleanses us from our sins and we have a new path to walk and a fresh purpose in our step (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; 1 John 1:9; John 3:3-5). In doing so, we will truly feel the new birth coursing through our veins and the gospel will come easier to our lips as we move among the lost.
Living for Christ means that we face challenges that Satan puts in our path. They include moral, ethical, physical and spiritual obstacles that can derail our faith. God will not remove all of them from our lives but provide us with a way to overcome (Hebrews 13:5; Luke 13:1-5). Jesus said that we should not worry about tomorrow’s problems because today’s were challenging enough (Matthew 6:34).
People face these challenges, often alone and uninformed about what God desires for us. Too often, we fail to teach about cultural or ethical issues for two reasons. We fear offending others and we may not wish to do the work required to find the right answers. We will be attempting to answer some of these challenging dilemmas in this column.
The charge of our lives as Christians is to glorify God through our teaching and our lives (Ephesians 3:20-21). This has to be our focus if we will be the shining lights that God needs in this world of such vivid darkness (Matthew 5:14-16). Let us do so to the best of our abilities and start today.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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