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10 Guidelines for Christian Living

January 10, 2014

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Over the last seven decades, Billy Graham has written 32 books which are an extension of his continued ministry and burden to reach as many people as possible with the Good News of the Gospel. In “Peace with God,” Mr. Graham outlines ten guidelines for Christian living. This classic volume by Billy Graham points to the fact that God is the only way to find authentic personal peace in a world in crisis.


Whether we are playing a game, driving a car, or baking a cake, there are certain rules that must be followed for our safety as well as our success.

The Bible teaches that the Christian life is one of constant growth. When you were born again, you were born into God’s family. It is God’s purpose that you will grow into fill stature and become mature in Christ. It would be against the law of God and nature if you were to remain a baby and thus become a spiritual dwarf. In 2 Peter 3:18, the Bible says that we are to grow. It implies steady development, constant enlargement, increasing wisdom.

For one to grow properly certain rules must be observed for good spiritual health.

  1. Read your Bible daily. Do not be content to skim through a chapter merely to satisfy your conscience. Hide the Word of God in your heart. It comforts, guides, corrects, encourages – all we need is there.
  2. Learn the secret of prayer. Prayer is communicating. Every prayer that you pray will be answered. Sometimes that answer may be “Yes” and sometimes “No,” and sometimes it is “Wait,” but nevertheless it will be answered.
  3. Rely constantly on the Holy Spirit. We know that the Holy Spirit prays for us (Romans 8), and what a comfort that should be to the weakest of us. Stand aside and let Him take over all the choices and decisions of your life.
  4. Attend church regularly. The visible church is Christ’s organization upon earth. Christians need one another, we need to gather together to worship God and nothing can take the place of church attendance.
  5. Be a witnessing Christian. We witness in two ways: by life and by word – and the two, where possible, should go hand in hand.
  6. Let love be the ruling principle of your life. Jesus said to those who followed Him, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). The greatest demonstration of the fact that we are Christians is that we love one another.
  7. Be an obedient Christian. Let Christ have first place in all the choices of your life.
  8. Learn how to meet temptation. Temptation is not sin. It is yielding that is sin. Let Christ through the Holy Spirit do the fighting for you.
  9. Be a wholesome Christian. Our lives and appearance should commend the Gospel and make it attractive to others.
  10. Live above your circumstances. Don’t let your circumstances get you down. Learn to live graciously within them, realizing the Lord Himself is with you.
Guidelines for Christian Living is excerpted from “Peace with God” by Billy Graham, published in 1953, revised and expanded in 1984.
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  1. I praise Jesus for coming into my life 2 yrs ago and helping out of the rut of a life I was in. I praise God for Jesus saving me by dying on the cross and a rising again for us all. I am doing all of the above to the best of my ability. I am in the word daily. I do have trouble sharing my faith, for our church is too big and too far away for more than one weekly commute. So I do bible study off the Christian TV net works. I love you Billy, my Grand Mother used to watch you, and your sermons have helped me to understand my bible better, and to grow closer to Jesus. I also set the example in my neighborhood as a loving Christian. And get along w/ the homeless and help the hungry in my area for they are great in the area. They even talk about Jesus w/ me sometimes.

  2. Babs Chigodora

    I have read these principals from our father, My opinion is that nothing beats the plain truth. I am inspired may the Lord reveal more of these to our father and one of the greatest evangelist the world has ever known

  3. My wishes is to live in peace with God , his Son and the Holy Spirit. Without love the Bible says, you are nothing, we most love each other. But I mean it is very difficult to live after the Bible today, because the wisdom is so high, especially the Doctors for example. But after all I have Jesus as my Father in Heaven, that is enough for me.

  4. Charles Taylor

    I love the inspiring words,and 10 Christian living,Iam going to start to do more of these 10 to keep up on my oneness with God. With a humbled heart I come to you in the Blessings that keep on giving The Hope of Billy Graham and Family. Amen.

  5. The thoughts that are shared in this passage is motivating and a reminder which we ought to practice in our daily christian life.Seldom I have time for reading the word of God or give priority to god due to which I bear the consequences of MY will.God’s will is something I tend to forget due to the fast pace of life.This passage has been very thought provoking to me. i thank god for this wonderful man of God who stands as a testimony to me.

    • Namukwenda Praise Pinkie

      The message here is Evangelical, I’ve learned alot from here and am not gonna act as a “dead sea”, am going to play my role as a Christian and share these saving words with Friends.
      Thanks alot sir, Billy Graham. May the Lord bless each soul that reads thy word.

  6. John Lee Oakley

    In this crazy world I believe we need Jesus Christ more than ever before, This is lacking in my life and I want to live a more christian life. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my lord and savior but I fall short every day. I just want to be a better christian person. How can I do better? Please give me your guidance.
    Thank You,

  7. When I came across a vedio of Billy Graham crusade about “How to live a Christian life?” which I watched on YouTube. it encouraged me to look for more knowledge on Christian growth, hence I find this piece which is so inspiring. I hope to get his book “Peace with God” By Billy Graham.

  8. Janina Howell

    I gave my life to Jesus in 2012 since then God has done some amazing things in my Life. I was a drug addict for almost 20 years, my life was in shambles. I was hurt in many was I believe I was spiritually dead. Praise God for his grace and mercy. I attend a church that has standards as far as hair and dress codes. I do not feel like God is condemning me but I feel as if the church is. I love the Lord I read the word, I know I do not know everything but I am at a loss. The spirit in this church is beautiful, but I feel like I am in complacency. I would love some advice thank you ,

    Yours truly
    Janina Howell

  9. Olawale Paul

    I love to search for the word of God, mostly to prepare myself for lectures. When i received a message, i do love to know more and read more about it. I was searching the online for Christian growth, while i come across to guidelines for christian living and it was helpful for the bible study am preparing.

  10. Melissa Green

    Thank you for the simpleton version of coming back to being a good Christian.
    I am Catholic and have been asking for help reading the bible and comprehending everything that made absolutely no sense to a kid in church. I am having difficulties understanding where to begin and the information allotted to me is overwhelming. I only want to be a good person that has high morals and lives up to my job here on earth. I have always loved and been with GOD I just fell off the righteous path. Thank you for listening and I welcome all and any help pertaining to being a great Christian.

  11. Marvin Tom Reynolds

    This is an amazing outline of the CHRISTIAN faith. It is the same as recorded in the 10 Commandments which is the bases of the Book of Hebrews in the Bible. The major point is that Jesus was the Goal of the Old Testament and the New Testament verifies this fact based on all matters of History. Jesus is the Son of God bearing the issue of Evil in me and all people that are willing to accept by faith what God our creator has achieved. It points to what is coming and it could in our life time.

  12. Nashon Onzere Muhando

    For a long time since 1971 while in High School, I watched Billy Graham’s crusade on screens. He is one evangelist I admired.
    Read his works and you see a servant called to serve fulfil his role.

  13. Amadi Caleb

    It is my earnest desire to serve God in spirit and in truth, but the environment I see my selves sometimes holds me back from fulfilling God’s purpose for my life and living right, but I am believing God that your assistance will go a long in achieving my desire.
    God bless you.

  14. sharon

    I struggle everyday to live a Godly life. My life is upside down right now and I know that I need God but I cant seem to live right no matter how hard I tried.

  15. Anita Martinez

    These guidelines are so helpful. It’s strange how I knew all of this information but reading and writing these guidelines are more clearer to me now. Thank you so much. May God continue His blessings on all of us.

    • Cindy

      Sharon, I have been brought up knowing the Lord Jesus all my life but it still is not a easy path, sometimes our worldly instincts take over and we stray, but know this Jesus died for us so our sins are forgiven, it doesn’t mean we can be indispensable and do what we like but when we make mistakes we can call on the Lord and ask for forgiveness, His word says I will never leave you or forsake you, and to trust in the Lord and lean not unto your own understanding, read your word and trust in him and I pray you will be blessed. in Jesus name x

  16. Rev. Dr. Suri Kumar

    Indeed very encouraging words and every Christian must apply to lead true Christian life. These blessed words will also help to escape the condemnation of hell. Thank God for the life of
    Dr. Billy Graham, who is a great blessing to one and all. Amen.

  17. Esther Adewumi

    Glory to God Almighty. I was searching for ‘the Christian lifestyle’ and I got this write up of the man of God, Billy Graham. It is clear and straight to the point. You will not lose your rewards in Jesus Name. Many thanks.
    Esther: Nigeria

  18. Gregory

    Is it right to say that hell is the complete absent of God’s Word and if you land in hell there is no more Salvation because there is no more of God’s Word to be learned.

  19. Derrick Kofi Boamah Patterson

    My name is Derrick from west Africa , Ghana. I am very weak in prayers and I want you and your members to remember in Prayers. I love God but I found it difficult to go to church on sundays and even to read Bible .

  20. Nana Owusu

    Very good and great outline to follow as Christian. This has been made very simple for me to follow to grow my christain life. I was actually doing 4 of them,but now it’s been made clear to me…Thank you very much… God bless you for your wonderful guide

  21. Robert Martinez

    Great outline. I am doing research to create a pamphlet for my Church, there are many problems that exist that need to be recognized and confronted by our church members. I pray to succeed that our church can become a powerful church in the Holy Spirit, we must get back to our beginnings.

  22. I want to be a Christian but I let the distractions of the world and my circumstances be above Christ. I truly want to accept Jesus as my savior. My parents always tell me that sometimes God may want to use you but you have to let Him. I want to be the woman that God has put me on this earth to be. I believe that God has a plan for my life. Can you send me a couple of scriptures that will encourage me and help me stay focused? I also struggle with faith, what are some things that I can do about that?
    Blessings,
    Sireeia

  23. Barbara Toll

    Billy Graham has impacted my life since I was a young girl. His constant, clear voice of God’s word gave me the ability to understand, learn, and apply what God’s Word instructs us.
    Grateful to Billy Graham and our Lord that he used his gift.

  24. Florence ubajekwe

    Good morning, please help me in my place of work. I am surrounded with so many different sins. As a broadcaster I fall into some of these sins… I live in sins and sometimes stay away from sins. How do I live a sin free live?
    Thanks.

  25. Fred Clements

    No one cares what you know until they how much you care. Grahams messages reinforces that for me. One is a lonely number, however; Pastor Graham ‘s love for God assures me I am not alone.

  26. Catherine

    I am encouraged. Actually I was looking for messages that can help me revive my prayer life.
    1 Read the word
    2 Prayer
    3 Fellowship
    4 Lean to the Holy Spirit.
    I am inspired thanks Billy Graham. RIP

  27. Ranjan suna

    Really inspired through these 10 points, and blessed. As I am a follower of Christ Jesus, I must do this all in my daily life to please God. Thank you so much.

  28. penelope tonge

    Well what can I say – God is faithful if you’re faithful. He is loyal, trustworthy, His mercies are forever great, Am glad I have given my life to Christ who rules the lives of the faithful. You know when He comes to get us there shall be joy, peace. I wish to be like Christ (perfect). I acknowledge I am a sinner – that’s the more reason why we need Him. God is alive.

  29. Ashish Raj

    Thank you Billy for sharing these with us and you are now became an angel, here on earth you have inspired the lot of people through scriptures, God and His son must be proud of you.

  30. Jerome Davis

    I have hard time letting Jesus Christ take control of my life. It’s almost like a steering wheel – I give it to Him, but I want to take it back.

  31. jethro Acabal

    I was really blessed that being a follower of God our Lord is not easy, but thank God for another lesson being shared by His Son. I want to thank the one who made this. I declare that God give you more knowledge and strength to write more to think more about goodness of God in order for them to encourage and know how to live a life that is full of blessings. God Bless

  32. Linda secor

    I help support Samaritan’s Purse and have always enjoyed the preaching of Billy and now Frankin.

    I have not always believed in the Lord. My upbringing was something less then love, but over the years I have come to know Christ and can only hope that because my heart is filled with true sorrow for past mistakes that God will forgive me.

    My husband left me for his boss after 27 years. That’s when I really got into the Word and am still growing. It’s not always easy but I keep on.

  33. Phillip Shough

    I have a hard time understanding the words of the Bible. I can’t seem to make sense of a lot of what’s being taught. What can I do to help in understanding the word?

  34. I want to get back to my religious life. Lately I have been going on trips enjoying with friends eating and sleeping and working a lot, not paying attention to my religion. I want to be motivated and get some advice and help please.

  35. C Lalmalsawma

    It’s a great and wonderful christian living guidlines! God put us in this word, to witness His heavenly love by words and by deeds. People want to see the life of heaven in the life of His followers. The more we show the life of Christ, the more people will believe that Jesus is the son of God. The real life of God is in heaven, true believer of Jesus can witness that life hear in this world!

  36. Samson Yama

    I am very much Blessed by the teaching of our Beloved Dr. Billy Graham, I am Pastor of a small church every week around 30 to 35 average people gathered on Sunday, we don’t have Church Building at present we are gathering at Computer Centre, kindly uphold us in your precious prayers that Gracious God to enable us to purchase a land for Church. Thank you.

  37. Kindly assist me live a happy life. I am in a lot of temptation, such as marital problems where as my life with my husband is bad. We fight every night and we do not have time to communicate. My husband does not have time for me and children. Please help me live a normal life.

  38. Kenny Martins

    I just need a spiritual gift. I am a Christian. I suppose to have married but am facing financial challenge. I need prayer for financial breakthrough and spiritual breakthrough. thanks

  39. Alvin Lau

    I still don’t get it. How do I do that? even though my feelings and con….

    I dont get it….
    Maybe I’m broken beyond healing, like the scriptures somewhat says?
    I wish….

    (How do I know if its the holy spirit? and not me?)

  40. Victoria Asamoah

    God bless you. This message is going to make my Christian life, a little simple. I need the special grace of God to help me practice it everyday. Remember me in prayer, please.

  41. Hi, I’m 50 years old. I’ve been saved for 32 years and I have truly been blessed by God. I have a great family, home, food on the table etc. However I have not been a strong Christian. I have sinned, asked for forgiveness and then sinned again. I have difficulty being a good man in Gods eyes. I swear now and then, have impure thoughts and I’m prejudice against Muslims..But today I have decided (not the first time) that not only do I want the holy spirt to take control of my life, I want to be a amazing man of God!! I want to pray always, love and not hate. Not judge and to fear God. I want to pray over others and let God perform miracles. I don’t want this to be a few days or weeks, I want to live as a Christian forever. Help please!

  42. Louis Rico

    I am a leader in a church and want to learn to teach one day and help my pastor. Our church needs Bible basic principles teaching studies. I will keep on looking at your Christian Living Guidelines. Thanks..

  43. Anna M McClain-Howell

    These guidelines should be placed in every pastor’s vision for his church, regardless of denomination. I am so very thankful & awed by God’s unraveling clear, summarized overall biblical guidelines.. ..L.A.

  44. Rev/ Pastor. Lon Howle

    I love the 10 guidelines for Christian living as well as all the inspirational messages we all get to experience and have experienced over the years from our brother Rev. Billy Graham. He has always been and will always be THE MOST inspirational & influential preacher of all time as far as I’m concerned. Being a minister myself I draw so much strength & encouragement from him and his ministry/legacy. Thanks Pastor Lon Howle

  45. Pastor Sam Ejim

    The guidelines, sure, guarantees peace with God. I’m a fan of all true men of God, and Brother Billy Graham is one of them. I liken him to St Paul. Thanks for the guidelines. Please send me your BGEA ministry update. I hope it will be helpful. God bless you more.

  46. Eldon Hiatt

    I found this book in my aunt’s things after she had went to be with lord. “GUIDE FOR CHRISTIAN LIVING”. It only has 5 chapters, 64 pages. I have shared it with several people, and they want a copy to pass on to people that are struggling with “LIFE”. I have searched without success to find this on line. It states in the book that these 5 chapters were taken from the 1953 book PEACE WITH GOD. Can you help me? PLEASE!!!

  47. Joan Henslee

    God is my everything and Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior! I loved, and will always love Mr. Billy Graham. What he brought to the people of this world was the greatest message ever told of how to find Jesus as their Savior, how to live for Him and how to reach all others for Him. This as it always has been was a blessing to me, and I praise God for sharing this message from Pastor Billy Graham.

  48. Brenda Perez

    I want to do a baby Christian class in my church. I felt that I didn’t know anything about the bible. I feared someone would ask me to pray, I felt like I was thrown to the wolf’s. It was not a very good felling. So if you could let me know a new Christian class I would be sooo greatful. Blessings,

    Brenda Perez

  49. Nwaobasi Francis chiemela

    Hallelujah!! I found this article so fascinating and encouraging. Thanks so much for this and keep it up sir. I pray for more grace upon you sir.

  50. Byron Costa

    I used to be a devout Mormon…I served an honorable mission. They always said they brought in Jesus Christ. I always felt the emphasized their living prophet. I always liked the New Testament and read it many times. Prayerfully asked Jesus to guide me in Jesus is the Christ.
    Thank you Billy Graham and good followers of Christ.
    I wish I could be a better Christian.
    I appreciate all the exemplary model Christians.

  51. Sydney Chamatete

    I am really blessed and I would like you to be sending me articles that can strengthen me in my Christian growth as a believer of Christ Jesus and as a leader.

  52. Abraham Wuor Ayuel from south Sudan

    Thank you Sir Billgraham for this Guide principle inspired me most.as Christian you must be Exemplary of doing good things to the other.So that’s demonstrated the Core value’s Christianity. Once more thank again

  53. Manggin Lhoujem

    These beautiful words of God make my faith stronger day by day. I don’t know how to thank you for this but God knows how I feel after reading.
    I thank my Heavenly Father for bringing me up in a Christian family where my Mom and Dad both were very fond of preaching the Gospel and sharing their precious word of God to me.

  54. Bonita Moore

    At this very moment I am sitting in the hospital room with a friend sister that is unresponsive and this message came up on my phone at the right time and gives me so much encouragement I really can’t express it I think God for what you are doing and continue to spread the word thank you so very much

  55. Steve Noble

    Just read the 10 guidelines for Christian and just want to say think you I’m going thrught some things some hurts both past and new hurts from some one I love but by reading this it helps God bless you

  56. Thank you Mr. Graham! You inspired me to find refuge in the word of Christ in dark times. I read scripture daily, I’m just a kid so I don’t have a lot of control over being able to go to church but I’m working on it. Thank you

  57. John Jacob

    Want to grown in spiritual aspects
    Also want to encounter Heaven
    Want Almighty God to give me Spiritual eye
    Also salvation in my community
    Also we need peace in our country Nigeria
    Always prayed for spiritual Gift
    Also prayed for Holy Ghost to fall on me just like the day of Pentecost
    Amen

  58. Saw Myar Reh Myar Doo

    I love this article very much. Some Christians say that we don’t need to do anything after believing Jesus Christ. We can do whatever we want to do, they say.

  59. We praise our Almighty God for choosing and mightily using a man like Dr. Billy Graham throughout the world for the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We need more of this kind of Godly servant in today’s world. I will see Billy in heaven. Let us all strive to live in love and work in such to bring honor to our loving God.

  60. David Dockery

    Thank you for this. I am struggling to fight temptation and chronic pain daily. I needed some guidelines and this list is just what i needed. God bless your ministry.

  61. Elijah Usman

    I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to know His word and I ask with the help of the Holy Spirit and more grace to do His will and serve Him in spirit and in truth. Amen.

  62. Chase Bolton

    Thanks you for this great spiritual guidance in how to learn to be the man. I so much to be a better man inside and in my daily walk. I pray i shall never fail my Lord Jesus Christ in my walk of faith.

  63. ELIZABETH Jones

    Thank you so much for the word of God. Continue to do what you’re doing for the Lord. Continue to pray for one another. Our God is so amazing. He is worthy of our obedience to His word.

  64. anonymous

    Thank you so much for this. Sometimes it’s hard to understand the concept of living in the light of the Lord’s name but I know that my faith will grow strong.

  65. Dr David Kings

    The teachings and practical christian life of God’s servant of blessed memory made me what I am today. I cherish all about BGEA. It is a ministry that is Bible based, Christ centered and God glorifying.

  66. Daniel Mutai

    This is indeed a guide that will help a Christian to appeal to unsaved to choose to follow Christ. Christians are Christ-like because Christ is living in us through the Holy Spirit. It is no longer us who live but Christ who live in us.

  67. Aggrey Ifeanyi

    God bless the man of God and his inspiring words and messages. I am back to my feet with the good things of Christ. In Christ my solid rock I stand.
    Ride on Man Of God.

  68. David Laltanngura Sailo

    Thanks to Mr. Billy Graham. It inspire me a lot. It helps me in becoming a good Christian and lift up my Spiritual life too. I kept on reading continuously this article.

  69. Matthew James Dugan

    Thanks so much for the chance to read this list of things to bring Jesus into our lives, as I have always struggled with temptation and still do (as all people to some degree or another do in their lives each day.) This has truly opened my eyes to a higher level of living a life to please The Lord.

  70. MRA Samuel

    i have gone through certain books written by Billy Graham..those are full of spirituality…he is great spiritual servant of Jesus…the above ten principles will have create strong desire in every Christian, who enthusiastically pursuing word of God …these principles will build up strong faith in God Jesus….