Posts Tagged ‘Holiness’

Some of you have asked for the personal reflections I shared at the Dioko Family Workshop… well, here they are with the “punch line” first:

When my own “control freak” alarm goes off, I ask myself these recalibrating questions:

  1. Am I acting in wisdom?
  2. Am I radiating the fruit of the Holy Spirit?
  3. Am I (rightly) representing who God is?
  4. Am I cultivating holiness?

So, why have I settled on these 4 questions? Because: as I studied the Christian Scriptures, I realized four truths about healthy control. Healthy control (self-control) is a sign of wisdom. The Book of Proverbs in the Bible backs up this reflection (see Proverbs 29:11). Second, healthy control (self-control) is part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. (see Galatians 5:23) Third, healthy control is delegated. If Jesus is the King of Kings as the Christian Bible states, then any controlling-authority I have is delegated from Him. Fourth, healthy control leads to holiness. As I submit to the control of God, it leads to right-living in the eyes of God. (Romans 6:22)

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IMG_4266Can your political party “do no wrong?” The letter of 1 Peter offers some insight for handling our politics, social interactions, and business dealings.

Life as Citizens (.mp3)

Caution #1:  There are several seconds of silence in the recording because someone from the congregation read the text, and he did not have a microphone.  😦

Caution #2: The talk might feel a little dry (I was sick… not that I’m making excuses) 😦 😦