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October 11, 2013

 

Gathering Knowledge Is Great But Developing Character Is Essential

Don't just grow in knowledge, grow in character. God is more interested in your character than He is in your career. Why? Because success without character can hurt you and those around you.

The Bible says: '...make every effort to respond to God's promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, moral excellence with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.'

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be. It's impossible to feel confident when you're telling yourself that you'll never amount to anything.

After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they hid. God came to them and said, "Where are you?" They said, "We're hiding because we're naked." I love how God answered..."Who told you...you were naked?" In other words, "Who told you there was something wrong with you?"

God immediately knew the enemy had been talking to them. And God's saying to you today, "Who told you ... that you're not attractive enough to succeed in your relationships...or talented enough to flourish in your career...or that your marriage isn't going to last?" Those are lies from the enemy.

God said, "...No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Delight yourself...in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart."

The potential is inside you...and it doesn't change because you don't believe it.

The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. He's never going to take back the potential He poured into you...or say, "You've failed too often and made too many mistakes. Give me my gifts back." No...His calling on your life will be with you till the day you leave this earth, but it's up to you to...tap into it.

When the enemy starts chipping away at your confidence, take authority over him in Jesus' name; resist him and he will flee. Never stop developing your talents. Paul told Timothy, '...Stir up the gift...which is within you.'

Some people have the notion that following your spiritual gift is spending the days and years of your life doing only those things that come naturally, easily, with no effort, discipline or practice. No, your gift can either be mediocre or excellent; it's up to you.

If we don't change, we won't grow; and then we're not really living. Growth demands the temporary surrender of security. It means giving up familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, relationships that have lost meaning.

Taking a new step is what we fear most, but can you think of anything worse than a life devoid of growth?

--- Copyright © 2013 Ndanduleni Moses Thavheni
I just like to motivate people; I want to see our people growing, especially the young people, and I really enjoy doing this every time.

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