4 Cornerstone Habits.
As Christians, there are 4 cornerstone habits that we need to embrace and implement in our lives. These cornerstones are foundational to everything else we do in life. Tithing, praying, reading the bible and attending Church. As we enter the New Year many people are working on crafting and implementing their New Years Resolutions. Some people have decided that this year they will quit smoking, start saving, walk more, worry less. These are all great suggestions and I wouldn’t want to deter anyone from pursuing their goals. However, if the following cornerstones are established, every other goal you set for yourself will be dramatically easier to achieve.
Tithing, Praying, The Bible and Church.
These cornerstone habits impact every other area of our lives, and when we have them firmly in place they provide an excellent foundation upon which to build our lives. Without them, we are vulnerable to the storms that arise in our lives.
Tithing is an unpopular subject. There are a lot of misconceptions about it. People argue that it’s not necessary because as Christians we are under grace and not the law. Others don’t know the difference between a tithe and an offering. Pastors who encourage the practice are considered controversial. The tithe is a divine standard that acts as a seed of honour. Its purpose is not to help the church with evangelism or building maintenance, rather it’s purpose is to show honour to God who is the source of every good thing.
When you bring 10% of your income to the Lord, it silences demonic accusations. You are free from greed. You learn to control money, and not let it control you. Ultimately, tithing protects you from the love of money, which is the root of all evil. 1 Timothy 6:10
Tithing is a cornerstone habit that every Christian should participate in because it has a direct effect on every other area of your life. Much like how exercising impacts how much you eat, your emotional state, and your waist size, tithing impacts how you see yourself, how you spend your money, and how much debt you have.
Developing a daily prayer routine is a cornerstone habit that every Christian should establish in their lives. God doesn’t want us to go through life on our own. Prayer is essential to building a relationship with Him. It is the primary way in which we can communicate with God. We are instructed to pray without ceasing 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Therefore, God must consider it to be essential to our daily life. Prayer has so much power and gives us hope and encouragement in times of difficulty. When you adopt this daily practice, it has a tremendous effect on all the other choices you will make in your day. Your prayers will be working in the background to help keep you in alignment with the will of God.
Reading the Bible
Matthew 4:4 tells us that; Jesus replied, “It is written and forever remains written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.’”
If we really come to understand that the Word of God is the Bread of life, we will eagerly feast on it each and every day. Unfortunately, this habit is one of the hardest to commit to. We have so many excuses around time, understanding it and being able to get something out of it.
But, those who have managed to establish this habit will be the first to confirm that it is an essential cornerstone that produces immediate rewards and benefits. If you can cultivate an appetite for the Word of God, you indulge in this fine meat at every opportunity.
We know that statistics show a steady decline in weekly church attendance. According to the polls, less than 20% of Americans regularly attend their place of weekly service. Regardless of denomination, Christians appear to find regular attendance to be of diminishing importance.
We know that being involved in social groups and community is essential for our well being, but we fail to build up the body which Christ himself gave us. Many people are choosing to express their faith in through different outlets such as small groups or house church. Others have prioritized their careers or family time over time in the House of God.
However, the church is still the vehicle by which Jesus said He would claim His people.
“So that [in turn] He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy [set apart for God] and blameless.” Ephesians 5:27
It’s frightening to see how effectively Satan has corrupted our thinking that so many people who claim to love Christ would forsake the gathering of the brethren. Hebrews 10:25. As we approach the end times, coming together as one body to encourage one another should be a top priority. When weekly service is a non-negotiable part of our lives we are able to bear good fruit.
Trees only produce fruit when they are in close proximity to one another. Without cross-pollination, a tree can produce beautiful blossoms, the scent of which is heavenly, but it will never bear fruit. Likewise, we must be connected to one another, in one accord, for the glory and honour of God.
When you establish these four cornerstones in your life, you have built a solid foundation for your spiritual growth and your relationship with God to flourish. No single element is greater than the other, rather they work together in perfect harmony to ensure balance and stability.
It’s tempting to try and break them apart and work on one first, then the other. However, I would discourage you from doing so. These four cornerstones work best in conjunction with one another. If anyone of them is missing, spiritual growth becomes stagnant. Just like a plant needs, soil, sun, air and water. We need the word of God, communication with God, the people of God and to honour God, in order to thrive.
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