Adding to Your Faith


“5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8

 

I have been learning quite a bit about the faith walk. To start with, it’s a walk – a journey – and it requires going someplace with it and living it out. Faith is more than believing, it is doing what Jesus tells you to do. But in doing that, we are encouraged to, “…make every effort to add to your faith…” (2 Peter 1:5 NIV) followed by these things: virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.

Verse 8 tells us why: “For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:8 NKJV)

Barren – the word here actually means useless, inactive, lazy.  And knowledgefull discernment and recognition. In other words, it is in adding these to your faith and walking them out that you will be effective.

How can you make an effort to add to your faith today?

Fireworks: Out With a Bang!


fireworksAs Independence Day is just days away I think about the July 4th traditions that have been passed on through the years since that historic day in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed making us a free nation. Or did it? What is it that makes us free?

I have freedoms and rights that are granted to me because I live in this country, and I am proud and blessed to stand behind those who sacrificed in order to serve and those who gave their lives for the rights and freedoms that do exist here.

At the same time when I look around me, people aren’t free. America is not exempt from the sex trafficking. The statistics are staggering!

“No one is free when others are oppressed”

This time of year brings celebrations, BBQ’s, picnics, gatherings of family and friends, and FIREWORKS.

In 1776 it was the sound of the bombs and the rockets that gave the hope that our flag (the cause believed in) was still raised. This year, let the Forth go out with a bang! Raise the cause of freedom high, for the lives that are forced into human trafficking, let the sound of the fireworks be a hope that we are still in the fight.

Click here for ways that you can get involved with the movement to end human trafficking.

For more information or to get involved visit these websites:

http://abolitioninternational.org/

http://www.thea21campaign.org/

http://messengerinternational.org/get-involved/pearl-alliance/

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