Believe it and persuade others

This quote from Napolean Hill has direct spiritual application.

If you don’t believe it yourself, don’t ask anyone else to do so.

It is virtually impossible not to transmit your doubts and insecurities to others through body language, tone of voice, inflection, word choice, and other subtle characteristics. When you show by your actions that you lack self-confidence, other people also begin to doubt your ability to perform. You can gain the respect and confidence of others. Begin by making a list of all the things you like about yourself and the things you would like to change. Make a conscious effort to build upon your positive strengths and correct your weaknesses. It may not be easy, but if you assess yourself objectively and persevere in your efforts, you will eventually prevail.

Hill applies this to one’s self-concept. We may apply it to the gospel. If we are not convinced of the truth of the message, it will come through to others. Confidence and certainty beget more of the same.

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2-8-2017 Infallible Proofs

After His resurrection, Jesus “through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:2-3 NKJV). “Infallible” means not capable of failing. What made these “proofs” “infallible?”  Because His living body was seen by: Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9), two disciples on the Emmaus Road (Luke 24:13-34), Cephas, the Twelve, James, all the apostles (1 Corinthians 15:5-7). At the Sea of Tiberias, Jesus ate physical food with seven of the Apostles (John 21:1-14).  He was also seen by “over 500 brethren at once” (1 Corinthians 15:6). All of these bodily appearances within 40-days surely should be called “infallible.” This is a Christian’s “certainty of the words of truth” (Proverbs 22:21 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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Spiritual security of the faithful

Women need a feeling of security, say many writers in the field of marriage and counseling. That observation seems to hold true in our experience. That security often means physical and financial security. Though today it’s socially anathema to say it, a woman often looks for a husband who will provide these things for her. She wants to feel protected.

This was Naomi’s prayer for her daughters-in-law, after the death of her sons: “May the Lord enable each of you to find security in the home of a new husband!” Ruth 1.9.

At the same time, we all need security. Let’s first define our terms. The dictionaries give something like this: “1. freedom from danger, risk, etc.; safety. 2. freedom from care, anxiety, or doubt. 3. something that protects or makes safe; defense.” No one can live on the cusp of danger. Continue reading

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9-11-2015 Why Were Scriptures Written?

“Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed” (Luke 1:1-4 NKJV). (1) Luke’s “orderly account” would make certain what Theophilus had only heard (i.e. “oral traditions,” or “gossip”); (2) This written Scripture completes the “word delivered;” (3) This “orderly account” was to certify truth distinguished from “many” other narratives; (4) “Certainty” of faith came from sure, written “scripture” and not from any other source!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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