Spiritual Growth Supplements

Vitamin Supplements

While studying the other night, God brought something to my attention that I wanted to share. It is imperative to have faith in our walk with Christ. The Bible even says that without faith it is impossible to please God.  There’s no question about the importance of faith, but as I was reading 2 Peter 1, I noticed that Peter added a supplement to our faith. Now when I think of a supplement, I think of a vitamin. You do not take a vitamin to replace a meal; you take a vitamin to add additional nourishment to the meals you already eat. Vitamins help ensure you get all the nourishment you need in your body to stay healthy and strong.

Let’s apply this concept back to the scripture. When God wants you to grow, He makes you uncomfortable. Peter talks about a few supplements that when added to your faith will bring about growth. I like to call them spiritual growth supplements and I guarantee as you go through them you will find yourself a little uncomfortable. First is virtue. What is virtue? Virtue is moral excellence, integrity, and honesty. Then add to virtue knowledge; information, facts, data, familiarity.  Add to knowledge self-control. Self-control can also be described as willpower, self-discipline or restraint. Next add patience; endurance, tolerance, lack of complaint, fortitude or serenity. Then sprinkle on a little kindness also known as compassion, sympathy, gentleness, thoughtfulness or consideration. Add godliness to the mix then top it off with love.

Wow, what an amazing list of character traits we need to supplement our faith. We should strive to operate in integrity at all times. Just to be clear, I do not think Peter is talking about school knowledge or getting multiple college degrees. He is talking about knowledge of the word of God.  Knowledge and self-control go hand in hand because if you have the self-control to sit down and study the word of God, then you will gain knowledge. Self-control can really be applied in all areas of life. You need self-control so you don’t go off when someone starts yelling at you for no reason. You also need self-control not to eat a dozen fresh hot donuts all at once.  A lot people expect others to be patient with them, but don’t extend that same grace. The world is moving so fast.  I do not suggest praying for patience, but I do suggest making a conscious effort to use it. If we are patient, kindness comes a little easier. I believe that kindness is a trait that would literally change the world if everyone used it. Kindness should be extended to everyone. As the saying goes, treat others the way you want to be treated.  Be kind, it really does go a long way. Godliness comes in one of three ways, and sometimes all of three ways; fasting, praying and studying the word of God. But the cherry on top of this delicious entrée is love. God is love, so there’s really nothing more that needs to be said about that.

When it comes to these growth supplements, you can’t just do one at a time. They must all be applied to your life simultaneously. Spiritual growth is apart of the process of getting you where God wants you to be. So although it may be a tough pill to swallow, it is required in order for you to get to that next level that God is taking you to.

Check out 2 Peter 1 and let me know what you think…

Fight For It!

Be Encouraged

My prayer is that this encourages you…

If you feel like your prayers are not being answered, here is something that God revealed to me. Answers to our prayers may be hindered by unseen obstacles. Don’t expect God’s answer to always come easily or quickly. Sometimes prayer may be challenged by evil forces, so pray fervently and pray earnestly. If you really want it, if you really believe in it…fight for it on your knees. Then expect God to answer in HIS good timing.

My reading was in Daniel 10:1-13 – check it out and see what you get!

What is Your Why?

why

Have you ever got so caught up in the mundane, day-to-day hustle and bustle of life that you forget why? Why what, you ask. Why you do what you do. Why do you wake up every morning? Why do you work so hard day in and day out? I can say I’ve had this happen to me a many days, but over the past 5 years my why has gotten to be much clearer.

For starters, I have two beautiful little angels (even though they don’t always act like it) God gave me who call me mom. They are my why. They are my daily motivation that keeps me going. I do not want my children to look at TV and mimic someone they know nothing about simply because they are a celebrity. I want my babies to know what right looks like because they have a first hand picture of it every day when they see their mommy. I am so happy they are in my life to celebrate and be happy with me in the good. I am also happy that they are here to see my bad so they can see how I get myself back up and keep on going. My children are my why because they push me to work hard and be a better me on a regular basis.

Another reason why I do what I do is because about a year and a half ago I made up in my mind that I was going to live on purpose. Let me be a bit more specific, I was going to live in the purpose that God created me for. God created each and every one of us for a purpose. It’s up to us, however, if we are going to embrace that purpose and walk in it.  I know one of my purposes in life is to overcome all the negativity in world.  My assignment is to encourage, uplift, motivate and inspire people in all walks of life.  I desire to help push individuals to not only think beyond their present situation but push them to live on purpose.  How amazing would it be if everyone actually lived on purpose, if everyone did what they know they were created to do???

How do I plan to live on purpose? This is actually something I am learning each and every day. My first step was to start my website – letstalkaboutlife365.com, next I published my first book Let’s Talk Life: A New Perspective and to be honest I really do not know what my next move will be. I do know, however, that God knows my heart.  While I wait to hear from Him for my next move, I’ll keep working with what I have. I do not care what it takes, but I will continue to live on purpose helping one person at a time. Loving one person at a time. Reaching one person at a time.

make a difference

Now I leave you with this…what is your why? Why do you do what you do? Why are you working hard everyday? Are you living for a paycheck or are you living to make a difference?

Thought Check:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 KJV

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It's Time to Transform the Way you Think!
It’s Time to Transform the Way you Think!