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Disciples of Truth
We have made the choice to follow God. "And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which
your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
- Josh 24:15
We accept the challenge to obey God's command to grow - 2Pe 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
Set both behavioral and functional goals as described in the Scriptures.
1) Striving to develop Christ-like behavior - 2Pe 1:5-8 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
2) Seeking to determine and develop our function in the body of Christ - Ro 12:3-5 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members...For spiritual growth to continue, however, requires maintaining a positive attitude...
a. Believing that all our efforts will be worthwhile - e.g., 1Co 15:58 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
b. Encouraging us to persevere through difficult times - e.g., 2 Co 4:8-9 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—MAINTAINING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
CHOOSE TO BE POSITIVE...
1. We can control our attitudes, our moods
a. We may not be able to control or change our circumstances
b. But we can control how we react to them
2. We choose to rejoice when times are hard
a. As James commanded - Jm 1:2 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
b. As we understand the value of difficult times - Jm 1:3-4; Ro 5:3-4 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
c. When we know that hope and prayer can help us to rejoice
The choice is ours...
a. We can choose to be positive through faith in God
b. We can block out negativity that surrounds us
c. We can live in the present (instead of the past), with an eye on