10 Guidelines for Christian Living

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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.

shutterstock_133469417Whether 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 13:25). 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. Susan Tuttle says:

    As always, it is an inspiration to my life. Billy Graham’s words used through God’s given wisdom help me daily. Thank you.

  2. Terry says:

    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.

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  4. Priscilla Cornacchiobe says:

    Love it!

  5. carol siemers says:

    so true, I pray each day for God to examine my heart, we need his guidance every second of our lives.

  6. Sandra Clark says:

    These are ten rules we all should live by daily …

  7. Babs Chigodora says:

    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

  8. 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.

  9. Shewangizaw Getachewu says:

    It is good for spiritual growth!

  10. Charles Taylor says:

    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.

  11. ERIC KLUTSE says:

    Thank you sir.

  12. lisa leo says:

    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.

  13. Marjorie Bailey says:

    Being stable with Christ always at your side. Peace!

  14. Mathew says:

    I really love this and may God help us to me pragmatic in Jesus name AMEN

  15. Margareta Cronholm says:

    Thank you. I like 7, 8, 10 for my life. I am reading “Peace with God” 1953 in Swedish.

  16. Jean - Martin MIAKANGAMA says:

    Awesome Article

  17. olumomi bello says:

    I agree