1. Submit to the conviction of the Holy Spirit
John 16:8 says "that when he comes," referring to the Holy Spirit, "that he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement." We need to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit in our lives, whether he points out a "big sin or a small." The more we obey the voice of the Holy Spirit, the more we tune the ears of our hearts to hear him speaking to us. Yet when we disregard the voice of the Holy Spirit, we cannot grow in grace.
2. Saturate yourself with Scripture
In Psalm 1, God says that "Blessed is the man or woman who meditates on scripture day and night." We need to meditate on scripture daily and approach our reading with a spirit of humility rather than a critical spirit. It's the humble, simple-hearted Christian who will glean the most from God's word.
3. Set aside a few days a year for fasting
Matthew 6:16 says that, "And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces so that their fasting may be seen by others. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full." When we're fasting, it's not this outward show for other people. It's an inward thing. So on these occasions when we fast, we need to deal faithfully with our hearts, we need to search out our hidden sins and repent of them before God, we need to renew our covenant with him, and form new resolutions in his strength.
4. Exercise brotherly love intentionally
We love the members of Christ on earth in two ways. One, we love them not just with our words but with our actions. Two, we love them by not being a stumbling block to the weak of the flock either by our conversation, our conduct or the way we dress.
5. Practice dying to your flesh daily
Luke 9:23 says, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."
We hope you enjoyed these 5 tips and will apply at least one of them in your walk this year.