Character Development is a Lifelong Work
“…Scripture… corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Tim 3:16, NLT). “The word of God… exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Heb 4:12, NLT); and “…is a lamp unto [our] feet, and a light to [our] path” (Pss 119:105). These processes are on-going activities in the soul, where the principles of Christ—righteousness, holiness, justice and goodness (Luke 1:74-75; Isa 35:8 & 63:18; Pss 96:9; 82:3; 2 Chron 6:41; Pss 31:19 & 107:9)—must be firmly planted. Hence, Christ says: “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise…” (Matt 7:24, NLT). “…All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23, NLT). Circumstances can NEVER define who you are without your active consent. You can learn skills and receive power that will enable you to master circumstances; hence, Christ says: “Don’t let evil conquer you…” (Rom 12:21, NLT), “…for you are a slave to whatever controls you” (2 Pet 2:19, NLT). But you, through Christ, “…are of God, …and have overcome…, because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). And He that is in you is “…the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome…, for He is the Lord of lords, and King of kings, and they that are with Him, [the Lamb], are called, and chosen, and faithful” (Rev 17:14). “And they overcame… by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony…” (Rev 12:11). “…In all… things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Rom 8:37).
Bro. Graham F. Watts, Sr.