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.

#faith #certainty #quotes

You may go: Mark 7.29-30 VOTD

“Then he said to her, ‘Because you said this, you may go. The demon has left your daughter.’ She went home and found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.”

Mark 7.29-30

The same faith that caused the Syrophoenician woman to go to Jesus caused her to leave him when he said her daughter was well. She believed Jesus had healed her child.

What Jesus says, he will do. If he says it, we may and must trust him. When he says he will provide for our needs, we ought to be believe him. When he send us and promises us his empowering presence, we should go.

#Jesus #faith #VOTD

Man in his 30s lives 1940s lifestyle. I know some saints like that.

Ben Sansum is 35 years old, but he lives in 1946. Ben’s clothing, his home, the music he listens to – all come from an era before he was even born. BBC News recently paid Ben a visit at his home in Cambridgeshire, England to learn more about his decision to live in the past.

via Meet The 35-Year-Old Man Who Lives In 1946

I’ve not been able to watch this video yet. But the text reminds me that I know of a few saints who are living in the 40s or 50s, as far as their faith goes. It seems like they’ve not learned to apply the primitive truth of the gospel to a 21st-century world.

It’s not a sign of faithfulness to live and speak like people of 70 or 80 years ago. Or even to live like first-century folk, in tunics and sandals and riding donkeys. (We once met some people like that, too.)

Is it a challenge? Sure. But it’s worse to remain stuck in the past that doesn’t represent, necessarily, the original pattern of the Way.

You take it from here.

#faith #pattern #past

New generation: Judges 2.10 VOTD

“That entire generation passed away; a new generation grew up that had not personally experienced the Lord’s presence or seen what he had done for Israel.”

Israel remained faithful to God until Joshua and the elders of his time passed away. Then the people began to worship idols and follow other gods.

How can each new generation in the body of Christ learn to put their faith in God and be devoted with all their heart to the Lord?

#Judges #faith #VOTD

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10-26-2017 Faith Or Cowardice

“And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. ‘And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled’” (1 Peter 3:13-14 NKJV). Christians stand for the truth of God’s Word, having no dread from “threats, nor be troubled.” Our confidence comes from obeying God’s Word. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). This “spirit of fear” is “cowardice,” or shrinking back from. The Bible shows us God’s “power” over everything; it brings out the best in us as “love;” and gives us “a sound mind,” or controlled attitude, we call “confidence.” Christians fear less and have less to fear.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#confidence, #cowardice, #faith, #fear

The place of knowledge

“… gnosis [knowledge] becomes the ability to discern faith’s requirements. In effect, knowledge becomes the means by which faith’s convictions are transformed into effective practices (see 2 Cor 8:7; Phil 1:9; 2 Pet 3:18).

—S.J. Kraftchick, Jude, 2 Peter, p. 96, commenting 2 Pet 1.5-7

#faith #knowledge #2-Peter

Father of us all: Romans 4.16-17 VOTD

“For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants—not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”). He is our father in the presence of God whom he believed—the God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do.”

Romans 4.16-17

Under the new covenant, God now looks for spiritual descendants of Abraham, who have the same faith he had. He believed in God’s promise, contrary to all evidence.

What yet inexistent realities must Christians believe in as if they already existed?

#faith #promise #Romans #VOTD