“Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.”
Paul speaks “of the taking on of characteristics, virtues, intentions, etc.,” of the Lord (BDAG). It begins at baptism, Gal 3.27, and continues as the saint grows in his status as a follower of Christ.
Conduct and habits change at conversion. What changes did you make from your old life? What habits are you still working to form?
#spiritual-growth #morals #conduct #VOTD
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
The strength that we have each day is connected by how deep our body, soul, and spirit are firmly entrenched in the Word of God.
Strong roots, or foundation allow each one to add faith, temperance, and love to keep us from falling (2 Peter 1:5-10)
Today decide to grow your physical and spiritual roots deeper as taught by command and example in the Bible. Choose to encourage someone to have deeper roots in the word to show how we are thankful for the gift of salvation through The Son of God.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
#encouragement #spiritual-growth #encouragement-note
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge;”
2 Peter 1.5
Peter suggests that the best way to counter false teaching is by growing and adding essential virtues to one’s faith.
There is no ignorant Christian. What type of knowledge does Peter have in mind here? How can it be added?
#knowledge #spiritual-growth #VOTD
Our sister in Christ, Karen D., has been a frequent reader and commenter here on TFR for many months. She mentioned to me that she wanted to make a comment asking for prayer, and I offered to post her request as a separate post. It is below. Let’s keep her in prayer as she works ever toward the truth.
I have started to think of TFR as part of my spiritual family, and I want to be honest with you. Don’t know if that’s right or not, but that’s where I am.
TFR has been a vital part of my Christian growth this past year. I have read almost every article, and applied many things to my spiritual life that you have written. But the truth is I really need your prayers right now. I need your wisdom, fellowship, and guidance to help me. I’m feeling insecure and not very spiritually strong. Continue reading
With the arrival of a new year, new resolutions and plans appear in the mind. It’s good to reevaluate one’s goals and objectives, analyze past performance, and plan for better results.
Usually, plans made at the new year tend to be ambitious. The exercise gyms, for example, have their best attendance in January. That’s understandable. But neither should the small, incremental changes be despised. To borrow the language of Zechariah, let us not despise the day of small things, or as NET puts it, “small beginnings” Zech 4.10.
Sometimes it’s easier for us to nudge up our efforts in small ways than by big changes. Tweaks can often accomplish more than drastic measures. Continue reading
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Love fills every lack, because it is the generator of all the Christian virtues. In this way, love is able to make us co-participants of the divine holiness. Spiritual and personal growth of each one of us is not related to our gifts, knowledge, or talents, but with our learning to love as God loves.
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