GUARDING OUR LANDMARKS
A land mark is anything that is used to mark the boundary of a land. Symbolically, it is what makes a particular kind of people identifiable. Our forefathers created a landmark that made them unique in the Christian faith. The way they dress, talk, pray, and did other things made their identity as Christians not difficult to see. But what could be said of today’s Christian? Today, many Christians have taken up a new identity; one cannot see the difference between the Christian and the one who loves the world. As far as the Christian faith must be maintained, we need to continuously remind ourselves of certain characteristics that need to be seen in the life of the Christian.
TEN LANDMARKS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH THAT NEED TO BE GUARDED.
1. Prayer: As a Christian, you shouldn’t do away with prayer. Because it is through prayer that we gain power to overcome the enemy and his cohorts. The early church had prayer as one of its landmarks. Today’s Christian must learn and continue to pray. Pray when things are going right and pray when things are not going right. Acts 12:5, Acts 3:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
2. The word of God: God’s word is His mind concerning us. The early church never departed from God’s word. They meditated on it day and night. Jesus Christ Himself used the word in Him to overcome the devil when he tempted Him. How much of God’s word do you have in you? Have a plan for studying God’s word because it is what makes us overcome adversities. Read God’s word, study it and memorize it. The more of the word of God you have in you, the more of the truth you walk in. 2 Timothy 2:15, Acts 2:42, Psalm 119:11.
3. Purity: You must continue to stay pure and holy if you want to have connection with God. God admonishes us to be holy because Himself, He is holy. And no man stands right for God and ends up disgraced. It can never happen. The early church understood and believed in this landmark, therefore cherished it. Purity must come back to the church and it starts with you. Matthew 5:8, Proverbs 28:6.
4. Worship: We’ve relegated worship to be the moment when we only go to church to sing to the Lord. This is wrong! Worship must be our lifestyles. Everything we do must be to worship God. Psalm 92:1.
5. Respect for covenant (tithing, offering, vows, marriage): God is a covenant keeping God and we His children must also be careful to keep the covenants we have with Him. The early church was a tithe paying church and they did this faithfully. We must be also continue in this faith. We should not compromise on the vows we have with God. Numbers 23:19, Luke 6:38, Hebrews 13:4, Malachi 3:10.
6. Evangelism: In Matthew 28, Jesus admonishes us to go and make disciples of all nations. Where ever we find ourselves as Christians, we must preach the gospel of salvation to the lost. We should not deny them of their salvation with the excuse that there’s more time. If we want to see the sinner saved, then we must preach the word. Luke 19:1-10.
7. Fellowshipping together and meeting in His presence: There’s a unique power in unity and that’s why the Bible advised we don’t forsake the assembly of the saints. Attend all church gatherings don’t come up with the excuse that, you can pray or study the word on your own. Psalm 90:1, Hebrews 10:25, Acts 2:46.
8. Loving/Caring/Sharing together: The early church could be identified with this landmark; they were always willing to provide for the poor and needy. As Christians, we guard this landmark. We must also care and show love to one another. We should extend help to those who need them. Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 13:1-3.
9. Appearance: The way we dress determines how we are addressed. We should be very particular about how we appear in public and even in our closets. People create their impressions based on how they see us dressed. We should be modest in our appearance as Christians. Proverbs 7:10, 1 Timothy 2:9.
10. Miracles/Healings/Supernatural interventions/Signs and wonders: Every Christian should be able to offer healing to the sick. Miracles and healings should not be seen in the lives of a few. 1 Corinthians 2:1, Acts 3:2.
Father we thank You for this exposition of truth. We humbly ask that You cause us to always remember to guard these landmarks in our everyday lives. Strengthen us to live holy in Thy sight. In Jesus Christ name we’ve prayed. Amen.