I am sure we are all looking for a way to consistently live our daily lives as disciples of Christ.As we get older we find out that though becoming a disciple of is desirable,it is difficult to do so without the help of Christ.How do you become a disciple for Christ in your daily life?
One way to begin is to learn more about how Jesus Christ lived out his own daily life.We can do this through reading the bible and going for mass regularly.In the mass Christ is both the sacrifice and the Priest who carries out the sacrifice.
This means that for us to become a disciple of Christ’s in our daily lives,we have to be totally submerged in Him all the time.This means you have to be like Christ in every encounter and situation you experience throughout the day.
Humanly speaking this is impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit and the Grace of God.This is why daily prayers are so important.By daily prayer,I mean praying at the beginning of the day,during the day and at the end the day.This is one way we can constantly share our thoughts and plans with Christ and Him to help us live more like Him everyday.This is daily discipleship.
We can do this through transforming by beholding.This is why weekly adoration is so important.It enables to transform ourselves through our weekly spiritual encounter with God.This is precisely what Fr. Mbaka asks us to do as members of the Adoration Family both at home and abroad.
The key to becoming a daily disciple of Christ everyday is to pray without being distracted.If we know we are falling short, we must confess our sins and pick up our cross and present ourselves to God everyday.
Remember that pride comes before a fall.God love’s us despite our sinfulness and weaknesses.He loves more when after falling,we pick up ourselves and continue to seek to do His will in the various moments and circumstances of our daily lives.
This is discipleship in action.May God have mercy on us and give us the strength to follow Him everyday and reject the devil and all his tricks and lies.
How can we use the word of God to empower our lives today?The word of God can help us live better lives starting from today ,if we learn how to use it.How can we do this?
We have to remember that the word of God told us in Philippians 4 that we can do all things in Christ Jesus who strengthens us.The problem most of us have is that we read the word of God and fail to use it in our daily lives.
We become paralyzed by fear of failure.We worry too much about what will go wrong or what others will say or how people have hurt us.To overcome all these negative thoughts ,we simply have to listen to the word of God everyday,through reading the bible everyday or listening to Fr.Mbaka’s music videos or adoration talk.
Of course we all know that we have to use the positive spiritual force created in us by listening to the word of God to enable us to counter the negative thoughts or suggestions planted in our minds by the evil one.
To live an empowered life,you have to read the bible so much that when the devil tries to tempt you through unwanted thoughts or tricky situations,you can say no,through the power of the Holy spirit. Being able to say,”NO” to daily temptation is first step and the foundation of living an empowered life.
The second step is becoming a positively loving person.This means you will find a way to forgive those who offend you,not because they deserve it,but because God asks us to do so.Remember ……forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…….
Doing this will help you to have joy all the time,no matter what you are going through.You will joyfully present every circumstance of your life to God,because you know your life is a gift from God,who knows everything about you.
Remember that the more you start living an empowered life,the more the devil will be trying to make you fail.Do not let negative thoughts overwhelm you.Keep on praying,even if it is simple affirmative prayers like,”I will make in Jesus name.”
Do not assume that once you start living an empowered life,you will have no problems.You will.We are not better than the apostles who despite being chosen by the Lord himself,still had problems.
This is why we have to renew our strength in the Lord ,everyday.Once we fail to pray regularly,we give the devil a chance.Pray which ever way works the best for you.Say the rosary,meditate on the word of God,go for adoration,go for Mass or pray with friends and family.
Press on! The future favors those who pray hard and work hard.Remember to say Thank you Jesus everyday.We belong to Jesus,who gave us life ,so we have to the use the word of God everyday to empower our lives.This way we can do great things for God.