The contents of this post comes from my list that I have been keeping in my offline journal for over a year – which I call My Personal Needs list. I pray over my list during morning devotions and ask God to help me with each area during the day. While Christians in general all have the similar struggles and battles, we all have different upbringing, personalities, home situations, and weaknesses which means we will have – to some degree – different areas we need to work on.
I think we all should have an up-to-date list like this so we can stay focused and make sure we are advancing in our Christian walk. If you don’t even know what your main needs are, how will you be able to get help?
We need to take our spiritual needs seriously.
#1 Retire Early and get up Early.
#2 Personal Devotions.
#3 Listen to and Follow the Voice of the Spirit.
#4 Greater Holy Hatred of Sin.
#5 Redeeming the Time.
#6 Fasting and Temperance in Food.
#7 Greater Victory Over the Flesh and in Self Denial.
#8 Carefulness in Thought Life.
#9 Carefulness in Words.
#10 Carefulness in Interaction With the Opposite Gender.
#11 Carefulness on the Internet.
#12 Greater Soberness and Maturity.
#13 Keep your Commitments.
#14 No Street Talk or Acting Tough or Cool.
#15 Temperance in Internet, News, and Chess.
Here are a few scriptures that tell us how we are to deal with our needs:
Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
2Cor 7:1 Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Mat 5:6 Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
2Pet 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: