Archive for March 13, 2014
The hardest thing to understand is that faith is the one area in our lives where growing up means we must grow to be more like a child, trusting simply in the goodness and complete knowledge of a Father who has our best interests at heart. Colleen Townsend Evans
Believers can have victory. Paul declares that we should be sanctified wholly, soul, spirit, and body, “preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23). That is, we should be blameless in that we live above reproach, lives that men may look upon and see Jesus in our daily walk, talk, and habits. Jesus said, “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:48). Does this mean that we can be as holy, sinless, pure, and righteous as God, the heavenly Father? No. Jesus meant that we are to be perfect in “our” sphere as God is perfect in “His” sphere. To whom much is given, of him the more is required; of him to whom little is given, not nearly so much is required. In our sphere as believers we should live blameless lives that cannot be criticized by the enemies of Jesus.
There is victory for those who desire it: “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but will with the temptation provide a way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NASB)
“I assure you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child–this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me.
But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me–it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depts. of the sea!”
Matthew 18:3-6 (HCSB)