Mark Affleck

Have You ACTIVATED Your Faith Yet?  Are You Sure?

January 13, 2020
Spiritual Growth

Continuing here with this month’s theme: TAKE ANOTHER LOOK—an introspective focus on topics all Christians should regularly consider. Today’s message is a question: HAVE YOU ACTIVATED YOUR FAITH?

There is no better source for direction on what it means to activate our faith than the Apostle Peter.
He starts with an intense focus on CONFIDENCE in God’s promises. This will ACTIVATE his love-drenched power to allow the light of the world to shine through us and point others toward God’s Kingdom (2 Peter 1:5-7).
Peter implores us to live with a FORWARD ORIENTATION to avoid falling into the “trance of being satisfied” with our faith walk; be diligent to increase our self-control; and never stop increasing our knowledge of God’s Will.
For me, here’s how I look at that:
I will keep trying until I get it right…and then I will continue on until I cannot get it wrong.
I spent many years living without the confidence needed to activate my faith, utilize my God-given gifts, and live out my purpose for Christ and his Kingdom. Because of that, I have committed to never stop growing spiritually.
ACTIVATING OUR FAITH in Christ comes, in large part, from seeing God complete in us what he created us to do on this side of the heavenly divide.
It is impossible to miss that “completion” when we see it unfold in the real world as we glorify and exhibit Christ in our lives. When it is all said and done, in the end it will be our faith, not our gold, that God will have on display as our victory.
The secret? Never stop pursuing spiritual growth in grace (2 Peter 3:18).
Have you activated your faith?
“For this very reason do your best to add goodness to your faith; to your goodness add knowledge; to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add endurance; to your endurance add godliness; to your godliness add Christian affection; and to your Christian affection add love.” 2 Peter 1:5-7

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