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DIY

Psalms 131:1 [NIV]I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.

Some things are easier said than done. “Never criticize people who are doing what you have never done”,(Proph. Vincent Bannerman). Do not talk about or involve yourself in things you know nothing about, like someone’s marriage, a Christian’s scandal or downfall etc. Concentrate on yourself and pray that when you get there, God should give you the grace to sail through.

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Knowledge

Hosea 4:6 KJV
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Recently I have been tempted to ignore my own quiet time to listen to radio ministries on the go, but as Joyce Meyer says, listening to others’ take on the Bible, no matter how anointed they are,  is so not enough for your and mine spiritual journey. 

When we pray the sinner’s prayer at first, after a while, like a serial dater who finally decides to settle down in marriage, our vows feel like they are for status only and not for real. 

Why do I say this? 
Because everybody who is a Christian first receives Christ as His Lord and personal Saviour. Why then should we, after accepting the salvation of God, leave it to others to grow for us?

2 Peter 3:18 KJV
[18] But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

 God meant it when He said for lack of knowledge His people perish (to become destroyed or ruined : cease to exist; Merriam-Webster). That means a child of God can perish (in my opinion, go to hell) for lack of knowledge. 

It is a personal responsibility to receive Christ as your Lord and Personal Saviour (though He is Saviour of the whole world), but it is also your personal responsibility to grow in Him. 

An Illustration
I read about a so-called man of God who told a young couple who didn’t know each other from Adam in order to receive healing, to have sexual intercourse five times in his presence, which they complied. If you have the Word of God in you, you will know that that is foolishness! 

Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. A day is coming that we will reign with him as kings. How can a king begin to reign successfully without the “message of Christ dwelling among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom” now?(Col. 3:16)

Freedom & Grace

2 Peter 3:18 ESV
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Ephesians 2:8 ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

As Christians sometimes we overlook certain privileges we have in Christendom. A Muslim sister ‘pleaded’ with a guy to get out of her shared room because she was naked. The reason she was naked was because she had not covered her hair! The Bible invites us to come as we are to Him. No conditions, except with an accepting heart. Let us grow in the grace that has located us to be called children of God.

SELF-ESTEEM

Romans 12:3
Gifts of Grace
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

This verse might come across as an insult to self-proclaimed ‘self-made’ men and women. But admittedly, it is stressful to spend any amount of time with someone who are full of themselves. There is a thin line between humility and overconfidence. Humility is knowing who you really are, and not pretending to be above or below that. Real self-esteem cannot be faked.