Please take a moment to empty your heart of sin and self and ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit. If you haven’t already, please read 2 Peter 1:3-7.
Did you notice that God has given us everything we need to live a highly effective successful Christian life? Have you ever thought you were unable to bring a certain area of your life under the control of the Holy Spirit? I know I have. But, God has given us divine power to overcome our flesh and live by the Spirit. An untamed area of sin is no match for the power of God.
By knowing God. The original Greek word for knowing used in this verse is epignosis which means precise and correct knowledge, to become thoroughly acquainted with, to know accurately, to know thoroughly, to perceive, ascertain, to understand (BLB). How do we acquire this kind of knowledge of God? By studying His holy word; a cursory glance at a few verses each day won’t cut it. We need to dig in deep, investing our time and ourselves in order to know God.
“Exceedingly great and precious promises” have been given to us, which are recorded in the Bible, enable us to partake of the divine nature of God.
Please list everything we are to add to our faith mentioned in verses 5-7.
Now let’s take a quick at what each of these concepts mean in the original language.
Virtue: a course of thought, feeling and actions concerning modesty, purity and moral excellence.
Knowledge: knowledge of lawful and unlawful things for Christians, right living.
Self-control: “the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, esp. his sensual appetites” (BLB).
Perseverance: the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.
Godliness: reverence, respect, to be well off, to prosper, acting well, to revere, to worship.
Brotherly kindness: love or affection between friends
Love: the love of God, love that always acts for the best interest of the recipient.
If you feel discouraged by lack of progress in one of the above areas, remember you have access to His divine power. And He is greater than your sin. Power up and press on!
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Do you ever get spiritual amnesia? Every once in a while I do. When this condition comes upon me, Satan is usually on the spot, trying to convince me of who I was. God is not about who I was, He is about who I am. I need to find out who I am from the GREAT I AM. Whenever you are struggling with spiritual amensia, please listen to this list podcast. The enemy will flee at the sound of His great Name!
Thank you for joining me today for i hear. I pray you gain some freedom from listening to the truths contained in this podcast. Please comment below on what you learn today. I’d love to hear from you!
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Princes also sit and speak against me, but your servant meditates on your statutes.
I have struggled with the fear of man for a long time. For many years it got the better of me and cost me plenty: lost sleep, decreased fruitfulness, and lack of peace. Fear of man has caused me to blindly stumble by sight instead of walking by faith with my Savior.
The fear of man is a horrible way to live—peace depends on the acceptance and affirmation of others. And those who don’t affirm and accept us, own us. Like puppets on a string, we jump and dance, striving to gain approval. Our mind, heart, soul and energy are focused on keeping them happy, and they will never be happy. The only One who can be trusted to own us is Jesus.
If we follow God, men will not be happy with us, and in some cases, Christians will not approve either. The key to freedom, however, is embedded in the verse above. Instead of meditating on what men say, we purposely and intentionally shift our focus to what God says. Focusing on God’s Word frees us from the fear of man, and when we fear God, He blesses us.
From the verse above, we see we have a choice; we can either meditate on the lies and slander of men OR the truth and grace of God’s Word. Man’s word or God’s Word? Man’s word kills, steals and destroys, but God’s Word creates, builds and empowers. Even when He rebukes us, He’s busy developing greater character, faith and fruit in our heart.
In Hebrew the word meditate transliterates as siyach, which means “to put forth, mediate, muse, commune, speak, complain, ponder, sing.” It also means, “to talk to oneself.” In addition, siyach means “to produce, to bring forth, to germinate, to put forth shoots and buds.” Do you see the progression? Whatever we choose to focus on will produce fruit.
The Words of Man
We cooperate with the enemy as he works to destroy us.
The Word of God
We cooperate with God as He works to transform us into the image of Christ, and further His Kingdom on earth.
If you are like me, you sometimes have trouble eliminating the lies echoing through your mind. How do we silence the broken record of the lies?
Repeat steps 1-5 as often as needed. There are days when I carry my Bible verse cards with me every where I go. The enemy can be that relentless. But God has given us the victory, if we will only hold our ground and walk by faith.
Life is sweet. Fear God.
Be a doer of the word!
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