My journey of personal observations which I have made over the years to apply Bible reading in my life.
Upon this rock I shall build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it
Faith is a foundation of Christianity. An aspect of that faith is the belief that God has given Jesus as the savior of mankind. Faith in that truth is the basis of being a Christian
Application in my life
Jesus tells me that this concept is the victory in the spiritual battle between good and evil. In the next verse Jesus refers to the keys of the kingdom. For me I understand these keys to be repentance, prayer, praise, service, and discipleship. Evidence of my repentance includes removal of sinful thoughts and sinful actions and also by my focusing on Godly thoughts and sacrificial behavior (doing things more for the benefit of others than myself). Prayer is a daily communication where I open myself up to God and allow myself to hear from Him. Praise is audible exhortation to God when I am alone or with other believers. The purpose is to please Him as a form of worship. Service is something I do for other believers as exemplified in Paul’s teachings. Giving to and working for people in the world, both believers and non believers, are acts of service. Discipleship includes witnessing – sharing my life and my beliefs with others, bible study, having accountability relationships where I help others mature as Christians and others help me, fellowship – spending time together, and counseling.
Dear God, thank you for providing victorious kingdom living and the abundant life. Let my gratitude be expressed in genuine repentance, true service to your children, and submission to your will during my daily walk.