12. November 2017 · Comments Off on THE PASSING AWAY OF OLD DESIRES · Categories: Change, Choices, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Identity, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Salvation, Sin

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)

Beloved, I remember once when I was on the plane travelling. I hadn’t slept the night before so was hoping to catch a nap once on board but had to struggle to stay awake just so I wouldn’t miss the free meal served on the flight. However, to my disappointment, when the meal finally arrived, though it looked good, however, because I had a cold, my taste buds were gone. I couldn’t taste a thing. I did everything to try and clear my noise but to no avail. As for the food, I tried to add salt but still no taste. My blocked senses prevented me from enjoying my food. It got to the point where I had to say; “what’s the point?” I’m getting no pleasure whatsoever from eating this meal. I’m just wasting calories that could be used on something else. I was only eating and imagining how the food tasted based on my past knowledge of how it should taste.

As usual, the Lord started to minister to me. He started making me see that that’s how sin should feel to a born-again believer with a regenerated spirit. Though it may look attractive and seems like it should feel good to the flesh but that’s the old self trying to inform your mind. However, that old self is dead so if peradventure you find yourself falling into sin, it shouldn’t give you any pleasure. You have to get to the point where you say; “what’s the point?” I’m really getting no pleasure out of this.

Beloved, I once heard that when a pig falls into mud, it says; yes, this is home. It gets comfortable and it rolls and rolls in it. But it’s not the same with a sheep. They fail in the mud and immediately cry out for help. That should be the condition of every Spirit-filled believer that has allowed the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in them so He can begin the work of transforming us into the image of Christ. It’s… [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight (Philippians 2:13 AMPC).

I’ve previously shared of how we tend to interpret the following verse wrongly. When the Lord says … Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4 NKJV),… we think it means He would give us all those things we’ve been longing for. However, what the text is really saying is that He would plant desires in your heart that you start to long for.

Beloved, are you still deriving pleasures from old things that should have passed away? Or are you allowing the Lord to be at work in you to give you new desires?

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04. November 2017 · Comments Off on HOW CLEAN IS YOUR SPIRIT? · Categories: Change, Choices, Fruit of the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Sin, Spiritual Growth, Thoughts

…let us cleanse ourselves from everything that CONTAMINATES BODY AND SPIRIT, completing holiness [living a consecrated life—a life set apart for God’s purpose] in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1 AMP).

Beloved, the New King James Version of our feature text says… LET US CLEANSE OURSELVES FROM ALL FILTHINESS OF THE FLESH AND SPIRIT… However, most times, we tend to focus on the flesh but what about the spirit?

Jesus taught us a few things about this and I would love for us to explore this. Jesus said… “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘YOU MUST NOT MURDER. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell (Matthew 5:21-23 NLT).

Beloved, YOU MUST NOT MURDER is a requirement of the law but Jesus is saying here that it’s not enough to avoid murder; we must also avoid prolonged anger and hatred. Jesus was giving a fuller understanding of why God made that law in the first place. The law says you must not murder but Jesus taught that we should not even become angry enough because that’s how the devil plants a seed, committing murder in our heart. The Pharisees read the law and felt that they had obeyed it. Yet, they were angry enough with Jesus that they soon plotted His death.

Unfortunately, we miss the intent of God’s Word when we read His rules for living without trying to understand why He made them. Have you closed your heart to his intent?

Here’s another example. Jesus said… “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘YOU MUST NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matthew 5:27-28 NLT).

What Jesus is saying here is that it’s not enough to avoid adultery; we must also keep our hearts from lusting and while FILTHINESS OF THE FLESH is very easy to detect, one can carry FILTHINESS OF THE SPIRIT for a long time undetected.

What do I mean? The same person that says I love you with Jesus’ love can at the same time be cursing you out in their heart because they haven’t forgiven you for something you may not even be aware of. How can you detect that?

Beloved, with God, it is a matter of the heart. Remember… the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV) and everyone will give an account one day. So, HOW CLEAN IS YOUR SPIRIT?

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11. August 2017 · Comments Off on ASKING FOR CONVICTION · Categories: Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Repentance, Restoration, Righteousness, Sin, Spiritual Growth

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; LET THEM NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER ME. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression (Psalm 19:12-13 NKJV).

Beloved, these were the words the Lord said to me a few years ago;

“ASK FOR THE CONVICTION OF MY SPIRIT. It is a most precious gift that compels you to be persuaded of any error and to admit the truth. It will benefit you greatly to seek My face and come into My presence, BUT WHEN YOU ARE HINDERED IT IS BECAUSE SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE SET RIGHT. Ask of Me and I will show you the things that HINDER YOUR SPIRITUAL PROGRESSION. Come and see what stands between you and Me, and I WILL GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO OVERCOME”.

…ASK FOR THE CONVICTION OF MY SPIRIT…

Beloved, this has got to be the key aspect of my journey so far and it should be for anyone that wants to take their walk with God to a different level. DON’T BE DECEIVED; God’s standards have never changed. However, He has released grace to enable us to achieve them.

Like Abraham, when God calls anyone, He asks one thing… walk before me and be blameless and because of the kind of Journey that He wants you to take, you must be able to hear His voice clearly.

Beloved, the Bible says… For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL” (1 Peter 3:12)

This is where many may say I’m not ‘THOSE WHO DO EVIL’ but putting this verse in context (1 Peter 3:8-12), you would see that it highlights things like being of one mind, sympathising with and loving others, being tender-hearted, humble, not retaliating evil for evil, insult for insult, keeping your tongue from speaking evil and lies, searching for and maintaining peace… HINDRANCE… HINDRANCE… HINDRANCE.

David was a man after God’s own heart who knew how to quickly repent. He was never presumptuous. He would always say to God… Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you… (Psalm 139:23-24 NLT) … Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10 AMP). The New Living Translation says… Renew a loyal spirit within me.

Beloved, ASK FOR THE CONVICTION OF MY SPIRIT means you become God-conscious not people-conscious. Nobody has to be around for you to want to do what’s right. You know the Lord is everywhere including inside your heart, searching out your motives. And like He told me, it’s for your own benefit. There’s a dimension you want to take with God that you want nothing to hinder you. If you hunger for that dimension, pray like David for the Lord to open up your heart and that He give you the grace and strength to overcome those hindrances.

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29. June 2017 · Comments Off on LAYING ASIDE THAT BESETTING SIN · Categories: Jesus Christ, Sin, Spiritual Growth

‎Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth SO EASILY BESET US, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1 KJV).

Beloved, I remember listening to someone differentiate between a BESETTING SIN and an EVIL SIN. They said with a besetting sin, you love God but still struggle with sin in certain areas of your life but with an evil sin, you know what the Lord says not to do but you chose to disobey Him. So, in order words, a besetting sin is any temptation that you are weak in resisting that seems or tries to overtake you on a regular basis. That’s why our feature text says it so EASILY beset us.

Unfortunately, many of us have certain areas in our lives that the enemy seems to have control over. That area that so easily besets us and if we are sincere enough in acknowledging those areas, at least, we can then take the necessary steps to close the door to the enemy.

The Amplified Bible says… the sin which so EASILY AND CLEVERLY entangles us…

I read the word ‘EASILY’ which means ‘WITHOUT DIFFICULTY OR EFFORT’ and it just suggests to me that we don’t put up a fight when it comes to this particular sin but if we are to ‘lay aside those sins that so easily besets us’, then, we ought to first be honest in acknowledging them and then, we have to be wise enough to take the necessary measures to keep ourselves from falling… NO, you are not coming to my house or NO, I’m not going there or NO, I’m not listening to you or watching that. NO, gossiping or quarrelling is off the agenda today.

Beloved, while praying and believing for change, if you are to deal with that area in your life that so easily BESETS you, you have to go the extra mile to avoid getting close enough to your area of weakness. And remember, like the word of God says, you have to first… Submit yourselves therefore to God. RESIST THE DEVIL, and he will flee from you (James 4:7 KJV). The Amplified Bible says… So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.

Beloved, the question is; how much SUBMITTING to the Lord and His authority (which includes the people in authority that the Lord has placed over you) are you subjecting yourself to? How much are you RESISTING THE DEVIL?

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15. June 2017 · Comments Off on WHAT IS ANGER ROBBING YOU OF? · Categories: Anger, Change, Fruit of the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Self Control, Sin, Spiritual Growth

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil (Ephesians 4:26 NLT).

Beloved, I remember watching a drama about a so-called Spirit-filled Christian woman who had a major issue with anger. She was a nightmare wife to live with and her husband could not control her. She fought with her neighbours and even took great offence when her pastor preached on anger. She was so mad that she walked out of the church and of course continued the fighting with her poor husband at home. How can pastor be preaching about me and you couldn’t even defend me?

The funny thing is that the pastor didn’t even call her name. He was just letting the congregation know that the next seven days were to be dedicated to prayers because God was going to work in a miraculous way. As a result, he didn’t want people to allow things like anger, quarrelling and the like hinder their blessings. But this woman was offended by it.

Anyway, on the final day of the programme, they all gathered in church and as the pastor was praying, the move of the Holy Spirit was so strong that one lady was so taken away. She mistakenly hit this woman with a temper and trouble started in church. This woman was almost fighting in church. Her embarrassed husband‎ had to intervene. Meanwhile, there happened to be an angel on assignment distributing blessings. He was just placing stickers of blessings on people in the congregation. Everybody got one but this lady who unfortunately had been looking for the fruit of the womb and this is because she was busy fighting everybody. Even her husband got a promotion sticker.

In due season, another lady that was looking for the fruit of the womb‎ got pregnant and this woman was left wondering why she was the only one left out. Then she heard the voice of the Lord rebuking her because of her anger.

The morale of the story is that at times we are the ones that hinder our blessings because of our attitude.

Beloved, the Bible introduces us to Hannah who was a woman that was provoked by her rival, Peninah till the point that she had to desperately cry out to the Lord until her pastor said… GO IN PEACE, and may the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him (1 Samuel 1:17 AMP)

GO IN PEACE… If we take that word literally, it means to be at peace in your mind and also with everybody else including the Peninah’s in your life who would probably try to still make life a living hell for you. Off course, let’s not ignore the fact that you should avoid quarrelling with your spouse whom you need to partner with to make things happen. It is called creating an atmosphere for miracles.

‎Beloved, the Lord is still in the business of blessing people. Don’t hinder yourself. Why not ask the Holy Spirit to reveal and help you deal with anything that may be causing a hindrance to your breakthrough?

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24. March 2017 · Comments Off on ARE YOU READY FOR THE DISRUPTION? · Categories: Action, Change, Choices, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Self Control, Sin, Spiritual Growth

When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with h‎im (Luke 5:8-9 NLT)

Beloved, have you ever been where Peter was before? “I know that feeling” was what I said to myself as I read our feature text. This is the point in your life where Jesus shows up and you know exactly what He is asking for and for many, it’s at the time when you are not quite ready for the disruption. At this point, Peter probably knew it was make or break for him. He probably knew that he had to make ‎some major changes in his life where he must have thought; “I can’t be going to those places and hanging out with those people anymore. Yes, I know I am going to have to cut some people and some habits off which I am not quite sure I am ready for.

Also, like most people, he probably felt he wasn’t worth it. He felt unworthy. Looking to himself, he must have said, “knowing me, I am bound to mess this up big time”. He was afraid of this massive change and so he said… Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” However, what did Jesus say to him? …Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus (Luke 5:10-11 NLT).

Beloved, are you prepared for such a disruption in your life? Or, do you keep saying “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you”?

Yesterday, the message was “Don’t be afraid to try again” and though trying again may disrupt your whole world but I am a living witness that it pays. You cannot put a price tag on the life and character transformation. I am not there yet but I am reminded of what Apostle Paul said… dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us (Philippians 3:13-14 NLT).

Beloved, so are you prepared to leave everything that is detrimental to your Christain work and walk and follow Jesus for real?

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness], stripping off every unnecessary weight and the sin which so easily and cleverly entangles us, let us run with endurance and active persistence the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1 AMP)

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02. February 2017 · Comments Off on WHO DO WE REALLY SIN AGAINST? · Categories: Jesus Christ, Relationship, Sin

…Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come and sleep with me,” she demanded. But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do. He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing? IT WOULD BE A GREAT SIN AGAINST GOD.” (Genesis 39:6-9 NLT)

Beloved, I remember as I was reading the story of Joseph again, there was something that caught my attention and it was when the hearts of his brothers were heavily convicted by what they did to their brother. In this scenario, Joseph tried to mess with their heads a bit (my own interpretation).

Joseph told them… you must bring your youngest brother back to me. This will prove that you are telling the truth, and you will not die.” To this they agreed. Speaking among themselves, they said, “Clearly we are being punished because of what we did to Joseph long ago. We saw his anguish when he pleaded for his life, but we wouldn’t listen. That’s why we’re in this trouble.” “DIDN’T I TELL YOU NOT TO SIN AGAINST THE BOY?” Reuben asked. “But you wouldn’t listen. And now we have to answer for his blood!” (Genesis 42:20-22 NLT)

DIDN’T I TELL YOU NOT TO SIN AGAINST THE BOY?…

Beloved, this was what they said as they were contemplating amongst themselves based on their guilt. So, I now went back to compare what they said to what Joseph said when Potiphar’s wife wanted him to sleep with her. Joseph said… HOW COULD I DO SUCH A WICKED THING? IT WOULD BE A GREAT SIN AGAINST GOD.

Now, in the eyes of most people, it was Potiphar that his wife wanted him to sin against but in Josephs eyes, it was against God and this is what makes the difference; when we know that ultimately, we are accountable to God… Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God (Romans 14:12 NLT) and I can just imagine how we may try to argue our corner to a God that sees our hearts; to a God that knows our intentions; to a God that knows our craftiness and manipulation.

The Lord says… I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings (Jeremiah 17:10 NKJV).

Beloved, when we have a reverential fear of the Lord and make Him our focus, it is a game changer. Joseph said… HOW COULD I DO SUCH A WICKED THING? IT WOULD BE A GREAT SIN AGAINST GOD.

Is this also your mindset? How does it affect your decisions?

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20. August 2016 · Comments Off on ‏‏DON’T BREAK THE HEDGE‏ · Categories: Discipline, Jesus Christ, Relationship, Self Control, Sin

He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him (Ecclesiastes 10:8 KJV).

Beloved, last week, I was discussing with a woman of God who happened to have ministered at a funeral service of a teenager who was brutally stabbed to death. It was indeed a very sad story but she said that as she was ministering in the church that held a service for him, the Holy Spirit began to minister to her about the state of the parents; both the fathers and the mothers and so she began to pour out heart as felt led by the Holy Spirit.

She then went on to say that after the service, one of the pastors came to her to confirm what she was saying. These are mothers still attending night clubs and are involved in all kinds of things and as we were talking, she mentioned our feature text; of course, when the hedge is broken, it leaves an opening for the serpent to bite.

Unfortunately, the deceased teenager happened to be a member of a gang who after killing him left with a threat saying; “two down, two more to go”. And so because of these threats, the mother of the deceased teenager decided to take her other sons out of the country. However, I couldn’t help but think that as parents, we ought to do more than that. We ought to be held accountable for our actions.

As part of my preparation for our yearly youth event, I came across something someone said which is that it is a parent’s role to provide for the safety, security and protection of their children but this isn’t just in a show of power. They also protect you by what they say and expose you to. You can’t be going about drinking, entertaining all sorts of questionable guests in your house, holding all kinds of parties and watching all sorts in front of your children and expect them to turn out differently. I heard the deceased boy had said something of that nature about his mum.

I once heard someone say this to their step dad when he was about to tell them off. They said; “Don’t even dare, we are partners in crime!”. That shut the step dad up.

Beloved, can you imagine that?

I was listening to someone say gone are the days when we had praying mothers that dedicated their lives to praying for their children. Now, we have mothers who struggle to fit into the same clothes as their children so they can enter the same night clubs. They went on to say that a twelve-year-old is not a murderer but just a misguided and lost child.

I’ve been studying about father and mother wounds recently and it’s not necessarily physical wounds but it refers to the way the neglect or misdirection of parents can have a lasting effect on their children and I believe it’s time we start asking the question; what hedges are we breaking that’s allowing the serpent to bite our children?

SELAH!

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15. August 2016 · Comments Off on ‏‏EXERCISING SELF-CONTROL · Categories: Choices, Discipline, God's Plan, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Self Control, Sin

Like a conquered city with no walls, so is a man who has no self-control (Proverbs 25:28 Voice) … Those who do not control themselves [are unrestrained in spirit] are like a city whose walls are broken down (Proverbs 25:28 EXB).

Beloved, what does SELF-CONTROL mean? Self-control is the ability to control one’s emotions, feelings, desires, actions or reactions. It is the ability to say to yourself… though they’ve said something about me that isn’t very nice, just let it go… No, you don’t have to respond… You don’t really need to react… You shouldn’t be offended … You shouldn’t do that or think that anymore… Or go there anymore…

The Message Translation says – A person without self-control is like A HOUSE WITH ITS DOORS AND WINDOWS KNOCKED OUT… This means anything or anyone can gain access to you without restraint… one is open to all sorts of attacks by the enemy. He sends all kinds of temptations your way; “Go get that one right there. Say something that’s bound to push her buttons and watch her react because she has no control over her emotions”… and that person could be your spouse, child, work colleague, neighbour. He sends that very attractive lady or gentleman to seduce you and with no walls up… it’s easy access.

Beloved, people naturally don’t like to be restrained. We think self-control limits you but it’s necessary for your defence and protection and most importantly, it is a fruit of the spirit and a sign that you’re growing spiritually… the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and SELF-CONTROL… (Galatians 5:22-24 NLT)

It’s interesting that Peter, the disciple known to act on impulse; the one that would say things without thinking (Mark 9:2) would eventually write a letter to Christians about growing in Faith. He said… 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… 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 (2 Peter 1:5-10 NLT).

Beloved, if you truly belong to the Lord WORK HARD TO PROVE it… put up those walls of SELF-CONTROL… against temptations… quick outbursts of anger… lust… Everybody knows that area they struggle with so let’s ask for the Holy Spirit’s help to give us the strength to overcome. You may think it is hard but we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13).

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05. April 2016 · Comments Off on BUT PAUL GREW… · Categories: Change, Choices, Discipline, God's Plan, Jesus Christ, Self Control, Sin, Spiritual Growth

But [like a boxer] I STRICTLY DISCIPLINE MY BODY and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached [the gospel] to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified [as unfit for service]. (1 Corinthians 9:27 AMP)

Beloved, our feature text was made by Apostle Paul where he gives us a clear picture of someone that deliberately put in the effort to discipline his body.

Paul said… I STRICTLY DISCIPLINE MY BODY…but this is the same Paul that once said… Listen, I can’t explain my actions. Here’s why: I am not able to do the things I want; and at the same time, I do the things I despise… I’ve lost control—sin has taken up residence in me and is wreaking havoc. I know that in me, that is, in my fallen human nature, there is nothing good. I can will myself to do something good, but that does not help me carry it out. I can determine that I am going to do good, but I don’t do it; instead, I end up living out the evil that I decided not to do. If I end up doing the exact thing I pledged not to do, I am no longer doing it because sin has taken up residence in me (Romans 7:15-20 VOICE).

So, what’s the difference between the person that made the first statement and the person that made this second statement? The person obviously grew up. He knew he had a part to play in his transformation and so he had to train himself appropriately.

In another place, Paul said… I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I HAVE LEARNED the secret of living in every situation… For I CAN DO everything THROUGH CHRIST, who gives me strength (Philippians 4:12-13 NLT).

I remember listening to someone say that before the ‘THROUGH CHRIST’ is the ‘I CAN DO’. This means that Christ would strengthen you to achieve the steps you take. Paul said… I HAVE LEARNED…

Beloved, we too have to do our best to learn how to grow. Talking about the promises of God, Peter says… 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… 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 (2 Peter 1:5-9 NLT).

Beloved, unfortunately, we have a lazy generation that think that growth and transformation will just fall from the sky but it’s not so. With DISCIPLINE and SELF-CONTROL, Paul grew and we too must do our best to grow… through Christ, who gives us strength.

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