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12th October, 2017

Moral Excellence

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue… (2 Peter 1:5).

“Virtue,” in our opening verse, means principle, moral goodness or excellence. God wants you to add that to your faith. You already have faith: “…according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). But as important as faith is, there’re certain things the Lord requires you to add to your faith if you’re to have a life of persistent productivity and ever-increasing glory. One of it is moral excellence.

God wants you to run your life by some godly standards and principles, and you’re to employ diligence in doing this: “…giving all diligence , add to your faith virtue.” This isn’t something you should be casual about; you’re to painstakingly and conscientiously see to it that your life is marked by some high moral standards; standards and principles from God’s Word.

For example, the Bible tells us that Jesus went to the house of God, the synagogue, as His custom was (Luke 4:16). Is that your standard? Do you have it as a custom, a principle, to go to church when it’s time for church? Or do you only go when it’s convenient? Some people only go to church when they feel like it; they have no standards. They lack moral excellence.

However, for Jesus, it was customary for Him to go to the synagogue. You ought to have that kind of discipline in your life: when it’s time to go to church, you go, because that’s the right thing to do, irrespective of other considerations that may arise.

In addition, have definite prayer and Word-study programmes and schedules. Don’t pray or study the Bible accidentally or casually, only when you feel like it. Let these be activities that are hallowed parts of your day and routine. Inculcate the discipline; it’s an indispensable ingredient for a highly effective, successful, and persistently productive life.

PRAYER

Dear Father, I thank you for showing me the importance of lavishly supplying moral goodness or excellence to my faith. The Spirit of excellence at work in me brings discipline and stability into my life, causing me to be diligent, ever fruitful and productive, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHERSTUDY:

Ephesians 5:8-11
2 Peter 1:5 AMPC

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

1 Thessalonians 1-2:16
Isaiah 54-56

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

John 5:19-27
1 Kings 19

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Wednesday, 11th October, 2017.

Topic : A Message Of Love

It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but canceling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation [of the restoration to favor]
(2 Corinthians 5:19 AMPC).

Themessage of the Gospel is so simple. Our opening verse richly summarizes it as a message of love. Love doesn’t consider wrongs or hold an offence against the offender. The Bible says God isn’t counting men’s sins against them. That’s the message He’s charged us to preach around the world. God knows they would turn away from their sins and fall in love with Him if they heard and accepted His Gospel of love. The reason the world doesn’t know God is that they don’t know how much He loves them. Love begets love. When they understand the love of God, they’ll respond accordingly. This is the reason He tells us to tell the world of His love. You too once had the Gospel preached to you before you received salvation. Thus, it’s your responsibility to take the same message of His love that transformed your life to the ends of the earth. It’s our job—yours and mine—to let the world know that though sin separated man from God, the Lord Jesus consummated the reconciliation, and made peace between Godandmanthrough the sacrifice of His blood. Through that sacrifice, He presented all men holy and without blame to God (Ephesians 1:4). He delivered all men from the dominion and thraldom of darkness, and today, anyone who receives Him, receives newness of life; a life of righteousness. This is the good news He’s committed to us to preach. We’re God’s ambassadors, sent into the world as ministers of reconciliation. The world will never hear or know what God has done if we don’t announce the Gospel through every available means. That’s why you must be a Gospel-activist, spreading the message of Christ’s love to your world, and to the regions beyond.

CONFESSION

The Word of God, the Gospel of His love, is as fire shut up in my bones, and I can’t keep quiet. I herald this message with passion and conviction, knowing that it’s God’s power to liberate men from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. Today, I make manifest the savour of the knowledge of Christ everywhere I go, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHERSTUDY:

John 3:16
1 John 4:9-10

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

Colossians 4:2-18
Isaiah 52-53

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:

John 5:10-18
1 Kings 17-18

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