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Friday, July 11, 2014

Steps of growth Add in Self-control to knowledge
Steps of growth – Add in Self-control to knowledge

“I am very happy because I have conquered myself and not the world. I am very happy because I have loved the world and not myself.” ~ Sri Chinmoy

Sri is an Indian spiritual guy and teaches eastern meditation techniques to people in America. He also advocates exercise and athleticism as a path to spiritual enlightenment.

His approach, which appears good, is the reason Peter says the steps to Christian growth need to be in a specific order.

That way we don’t make the mistakes Sri has made and delude ourselves into a false spiritualism.

Peter who knew Jesus really well said…

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control;” 2 Peter 1

I have blogged on how we need to first have faith before we can add goodness, and then we need goodness before we add knowledge.

Knowledge and particularly knowledge that Jesus came to represent God on earth as a man, and that Jesus shows us how to live for God is critically important. Also knowledge that Holy Spirit has been given to those that have faith, and that by acknowledging Jesus and wanting to live our lives for Him, we become God’s children.

This gives us great strength and keeps us from falling into false spirituality.

God’s love empowers us, but there is many different things each day that need to be dealt with.

It is for this reason that once we have worked on those three aspects of faith, goodness and knowledge, that we get to focus on the next step which is self-control.

Self-control is something that man has in greater abundance than any other creature. Our oversized frontal lobe of our brain gives us an ability to suppress immediate impulsive responses. We have abilities to plan and think out alternatives.These are key aspects of self-control. Christians have to carefully place their own immediate wants and reactions under that loving control of Jesus. He builds us and enables us to stop doing things that would adversely impact his purpose for us spiritually.

For Christians the self-control is not about us but about God.

When a non-Christian swears hits others or is mean, we say it’s just them being badly behaved. If a Christian does the same, people quickly point out it is hypocritical behaviour.

THEY know! We are to be driven by God, not ourselves.

We need to know this as well. Our Self-control is to suppress the evil aspects within us and enable the loving Godly aspects. In this way we increase in Godly wisdom and submission to God’s will.

Self-control to us has overtones above and beyond the self-control of non-Christians.

Lets’ remember that as we have a good self-controlled day!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Steps of growth Add in knowledge to goodness
Steps of growth – Add in knowledge to goodness

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."
- Socrates


I explained previously why we needed to add goodness to faith. The bible now talks about the next step as being knowledge being added to goodness.
 (2 Peter 1)
We need to know Jesus is God, then experience this as a life changing fact, and then we need to be motivated to do something as a result of appreciation of what Jesus did for us.

Our next step is to gain knowledge. Knowledge of what is in the bible, how it was in the days it was written and how it applies to our lives today.

 We need to be inquisitive, turning over all areas of life to gain knowledge and understanding. We should be searching for truth continually. Jesus said he was the way the truth and the life, so we should be confident that discoveries will lead to God and all that we need do is delve deeper and know more.

In my blogs I have written extensively around various areas of science and how they and the bible align in so many ways. There are areas that science disagrees, but in deep investigation, we can find out that these are very limited and often based on specific interpretations of information. God is good. We know that we have Christians in every branch of science so these people must have an understanding of God in their work. Not all of us will agree, but regarding our bible and it’s contents, and the knowledge in it, we should agree.

So today, let’s remember a step of faith is the gaining of knowledge. God built our universe so investigating it and Him is the only way to gain and become more like God.

 Have a wonderful fact finding day!

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