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DAY 9 MONDAY: JULY 2018

GLORY AND VIRTUE!

As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3).

Christians have been called by God into the life of glory and virtue. This means that inside of us is God’s glory and the ability to do the right thing at the right time. Virtue is also referred to as moral excellence. God has given us the power for moral excellence, but we need to depend on the Holy Spirit for strength and direction. In fact, the Holy Spirit enables us as Christians to experience God’s glory and virtue which is moral excellence.

God has given us the ability to resist evil no matter the temptation. The Word of God told us that as Christians, we should resist the devil and he will flee from us. That is why the Bible tells us in Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Of course, the power to resist evil and temptation is in you through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit energizes and quickens us to live the life of moral excellence and glory. Whenever a Christian is able to stand firm to resist evil and temptation by doing what is right; God is glorified.

In 2 Peter 1:5, Apostle Paul says, “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge.” Virtue is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit that is inherent in the life of every Christian. But we are being admonished to add more to it. The word, “add” simply means to increase. Therefore, God expects us as Christians to increase our virtue so that our lives will constantly bring glory to His Name. God has deposited His virtue in us, and it is our duty as Christians to increase it the more for the world to see and bring glory to God (Matthew 5:16).

Daily Tip: Every Christian had been empowered by the Holy Spirit for a life of virtue and glory; therefore, he is expected to increase his moral excellence to the glory of God. Shalom!

Golden Text: That the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every thing which is in you in Christ Jesus (Philemon 1:6).

 PRAYER: TAKE A WORSHIP SONG AS LED

  1. Thank God for today and about the Word of God you have just read.
  2. Humbly acknowledge your weakness and limitation before God.
  3. Oh Lord my Heavenly Father! I add more virtue and glory into my life forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  4. Holy Spirit! I resist every evil and temptation that will bring shame into my life in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  5. Pray generally as led by the Holy Spirit concerning your life, situations and challenges.

For further study: Philippians 4:8; Matthew 5:16.                  RBT: PSALM 133-135.

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