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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Aug. 13, 2010 - Prescription for Success

By Ron Johnson

As Christians we desire to live a victorious life. We want to succeed in life as we follow our Lord. The prescription for living a successful Christian life is found in God’s Word, the Holy Bible.

In 2 Peter 1:3-11, we read: “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

“In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

“The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

“So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (NLT).

We are told that by God’s power we have been given everything we need in order to live a successful Christian life. God has given to us His divine nature to enable us to overcome our sinful impulses and to live a holy life for Him.

We are instructed to build on the bedrock of our faith: moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patient endurance, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. In other words, we are told to continue to persevere in our Christian walk growing in the Lord and His grace. If we do so, we will live a productive, fruitful Christian life thereby making our calling and election sure, and we are given the guarantee that we “will never fall away” and that we will receive “a grand entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Faith: Faith is the starting point, for as we are told, “Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6, ESV). It is from faith that the Christian character presented in this passage grows and produces the Christian works that mark true saving faith. We are not saved by works, but we are saved by a faith that does work.

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Moral Excellence: The Christian quality of virtue or moral excellence is the ability to discern good from evil and the freedom and will to choose the good. It is the ability to do what is right not for reward and recognition but because it is the right thing to do.

Knowledge: We received this knowledge through the fact that we know the Lord. This is the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word, will and purpose for our lives.

Self-Control: This is the God-given ability of being able to control our thoughts, emotions and desires.

Patient Endurance: This is the ability to patiently endure hardship and persecution. It is the ability to remain steadfast in our faith regardless of circumstances.

Godliness: This means to live like God. It is obvious that this is impossible apart from the Holy Spirit living His life in us. It is surrendering our life to the Spirit and allowing Him to bring forth His fruit in our lives.

Brotherly Affection: This is the realization that with God as our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as our elder brother, as Christians we really are brothers and sisters. As such we should love, help and support each other.

Love: God is Love. He loved the world and gave Christ as our redeeming sacrifice. When we were sinners, lost and unlovable, Christ died for us. We must allow the love of God to flow through us and touch the lost and dying world around us even when they are unlovable. We are God’s representatives, carrying His message of hope. We must show the world His love.

— Ron Johnson ministers at Gospel Publishing House at the Assemblies of God headquarters in Springfield, Mo., and attends Central Assembly of God.

 

 

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