Daily Devotional | Developing Spiritual Maturity

2 Peter 1:5-7 NKJV
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”

See it at YouVersion.com:http://bible.us/2Pet1.5.NKJV

Faith is the foundational building-block of any believer. It is the ‘substance hoped for, the evidence not seen’(Hebrews 11:1). “Without faith, it is impossible to please God…”(Hebrews 11:6). So faith is our strength to stay and walk with Jesus Christ, the Savior.
 
In the scripture, Apostle Peter is advising the Christians to stay focused and empowered by feeding their faith with the other fruits of the Holy Spirit. Not only as a weapon against the enemy, but to enable them to discern the works, attacks, and ways of the enemy. Also, to be empowered to stop him. When faith works with virtue (patience), Satan is frustrated. An impatient Christian falls into many traps, and often lose focus. Patience with knowledge is called authority, that means, the ability to decree what shall come to pass. With self-control, one is equipped to walk without fears.  A prophet that does not have self-control will scatter the sheep! A Christian without self-control  is not different from an unbeliever!! Self-control is a spiritual power that is grounded in obedience. With self-control, the spiritual strength to continue (perseverance) is activated. A persevering Christian can take down a band of oppositions. He sees no giant.
 
Godliness, kindness and brotherly love are all natures of God. When a believer pass the training of faith, patience, knowledge, self-control and perseverance, God can rightly trust them with His will. At the time, it is no more the person that leads, but the Spirit of God that lives in him.
 
ADVICE: Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:9-11 NKJV)
 
Applying the entire tools enables any believer to stay on course, as well as finish the race which is eternal life in heaven. If we stumble, we lose, but if by faith we persist, God will revive us to complete the journey.
My questions now are: What area of your Christian walk do you need to improve? Have you identified it yet? If not, why? Are you willing to take the walk into maturity?
 
KEYS:
(1). As a newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:” (1 Peter 2:2)
(2). Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
(3). Meditate upon these things (the word of God), give yourself wholly to them: that your profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:15)
 
If said that you can grow and mature, you can. Spend this week applying these principles. You will never remain the same. Remember, if God is for you, no one can be against you!  
 
Scripture of the day: Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ (Hebrews 13:20-21)
 
From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
TLWMI. (c) Copyright Reserved, 2011.
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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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