An Effective Testimony?


2 Peter 1:5-8

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and …to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Peter stresses growth and spiritual maturity in the believer’s life!! It’s a fact that new life requires growth to follow, or death is sure. If a newborn baby fails to grow, it fails to thrive and develop and such failure immediately sends out the warning signals and the message that there is cause for concern and we need to get to the bottom of it. New life in Christ is no different. Spiritual life requires a visible, ongoing process and progress of growth and such growth will be evident in the way we live our lives and in the way we behave. If a believer fails to show signs of change, it is cause for concern and as Christ’s disciples we need to come alongside to love, support, nurture and pray for their spiritual well being!

What about personally? Are we happy with our own spiritual progress? If we ourselves are lacking in the qualities of excellence in behavior, self-control, perseverance, or love for others it should send out warning signals as to our spiritual state. Perhaps our spiritual growth has slowed, or come to a standstill because of distractions and sin in our lives, cutting off sweet fellowship with our Lord. Let’s be challenged today to make every effort to grow in Christ through the power of His word and the power of prayer.

Let His grace embrace you, saturate you and fill you to overflowing so that you will be an effective testimony to the saving knowledge and grace of God.

Prospering In Righteousness,

Psalm 1: 1 & 2

” Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night…. They are like trees planted along the river bank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither and they prosper in all they do.” Psalm 1: 1 – 3

To take delight in God’s righteousness is to be blessed indeed. We must allow God’s precepts and commandments to dominate our lives day and night, so much so, that they shape our character into Christ likeness, bringing life to it’s fullest measure and abundance. To successfully strive to reach this “height” of Christian maturity our “roots” must go deep with Him into His Word in order to secure that our “life foundation” is stable; planted firmly and grounded solidly in Him, allowing the nutrients of His living water to consistently refresh our soul. A steady supply of His refreshment, nourishing the soul day and night, through the wilderness, the deserts, the loneliness and the darkness, as well as the good times will insure that we won’t give up when the going gets tough, but rather continue to gain strength so that our spiritual growth and richness will be evidenced by spiritual fruit. I love the promise given in Verse 6 “The Lord watches over the way of the righteous.”

What a picture of the blessed, meditating on God’s Word! Yes, Blessed is the man who delights in the law of the Lord