Monday, June 15, 2015

Developing My Community Of Faith

2 Peter 1:3 - 9 (KJV)

3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness love.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, the make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Because I believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and have received the Holy Spirit my training includes adding these companions to my faith:  good character (virtue), spiritual understanding (knowledge), alert discipline (self control), passionate patience (perseverance), reverent wonder (godliness), warm friendliness (sociability), and generous love. I do not completely evict the old neighbors of doubt, fear, anxiety and depression, but I can allow the new companions to have a greater influence so that new life flows daily.  I see the new Jerusalem on earth, and as Jesus Christ is in heaven, so am I on earth.

How do I apply this word to my life?
  • loving God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength
  • submitting my will to God's will
  • giving God what is required, not comfortable
  • serving and sacrificing with a pleasing attitude
  • practice, practice, practice

What do I want to achieve with this scripture?

I want to bear the image and likeness of Jesus Christ, and to be a productive, contributing citizen of the kingdom of God.

Father, thank you for your divine new life. Thank you for teaching me to worship and give by faith in Jesus name, amen.

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