Sunday, 22 May 2016

Strong Faith

Scriptures: 2 Peter 1 v 8 - 11: "For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, ye shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."

Our goal is to obtain the same quality of faith that the original apostles had through the righteousness of God. The apostles knew Jesus personally and were witnesses to His life, death, resurrection and ascension. We enter into a personal relationship with Jesus by faith in His ability and also by faith in the experiences of His followers. 

God's righteousness is perfect. There is not one blemish on Him. Many blame Him for things going wrong in this world but don't realize that Satan is the god of this world and the one who brings evil things upon us. He is a destructive force that hates God and His Creation and we have been rescued out of his control into the hands of Jesus Christ.

His divine power has given us everything we need to reach His level of right standing. We have great promises that make us partakers of the divine nature of Jesus to which we must add virtue, knowledge, self control, patience, holiness and kindness. These are areas we need to work on in our lives. If we succeed in doing this we will never fail.

But if we fail to do this we will fall short of the goal because we do not understand how important it is to stop gambling with our eternal life. We can lose our place in Heaven if we don't work daily on perfecting our virtues. In Revelation 3 v 5 Jesus says that those who overcome sin will be clothed in the white robes of righteousness and He will not blot our names out of the book of life, but He will confess the names of those who overcome before His Father and the holy angels. 

Jesus makes it easy for us to grow in grace and works with us to achieve patience, kindness and faith. He teaches us how to overcome sinful habits and become pure in our thoughts and lifestyles.  So don't let Him down - make a commitment to give Him as much as He has given you. His life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father You see us perfect and complete in Jesus. We see our many failings and mistakes. The Holy Spirit is busy bringing our perfection to pass. Help us O Lord to yield ourselves to Him to work with Him in this task. In Jesus' name. Amen