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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Achieving Your Potential Part 2  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Sunday, 15 January 2006

Achieving Your Potential

Part 2

I'm sorry, I have not been able to get on line, but it is now fixed and I'm back so would like to continue the study of Achieving Your Potential.

We are living in a society that embraces humanism, which says, the subconscious doesnít know the difference between actual experiences and one vividly imagined. This causes us to not really understand the truth but believe a lie. Such as drinking is ok just do it moderately, just do not bother me and I will not bother you. Same with taking drugs it allows me to get closer to God, what a lie.

As Christians we are living in this world, but not embracing the things the world embraces. As you look at my notes to study on your own you can know what you believe. Itís not good enough to put your confidence in mans ability, we need to put our trust in Gods hands and let Him mold us into His image.

We do this as we look at the society we are living in and learn from our experiences. To experience doing things right is far more rewarding then doing them wrong.

A.      Notice worldly, carnal peopleís custom and sinful ways.

1. In committing popular sins. 

Ex 23:1-2 (NKJV) "You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
2 You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice. We need to stay away from those who would destroy our reputation is seen as you study Romans 12:9-21 (NKJV)

9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.
20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


2.   In false worship.

The Old Testament had some very strong words to say about worship in

               Deuteronomy 12:29-32 NKJV 29 "When the Lord your God cuts off from before you the   nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land,
30 take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.'
31 You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way; for every abomination to the Lord which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
32 Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.

Then in the New Testament  we see as strong a condemnation in Acts 17:22-31 (NKJV) 22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious;
23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:
24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
25 Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.
26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,
27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'
29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising.
30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,
31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.

Worshiping is a part of our Spiritual life every day, not just on Sundays. It is not being entertained; it is bowing before our Lord and Savior, thanking Him for all Heís doing in our lives and world. To God be the Glory for He can take someone with no musical talent at all and allow them to sing praise unto the King of Kings. Worship springs up within our spirits and is seen in the soul as we make a joyful noise from our mouths.

Music is a form of expression and as Christians we have more talent than any of Gods creation. Itís been said, music is a mirror of the soul, for it reflects so many different moods. I want to worship the Lord more in 2006 than any time in my life.

 3.   In bad Government polices. 1 Samuel 8:19-22 NKJV 19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, "No, but we will have a king over us,
20 that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles."
21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he repeated them in the hearing of the Lord.
22 So the Lord said to Samuel, "Heed their voice, and make them a king." And Samuel said to the men of Israel, "Every man go to his city."

God has a plan for Government to follow if we would obey it, life would be a lot more blessed, but we like to use our plan, do it our way. Lord, help us to pray for our Government and other Governments of our World. We are becoming powerless, just as we are in many homes of the world, as terror is rampant. We need to understand it takes work to achieve our potential within Government. Lets get back to where truth reigns not man in every area of Government.

4. In Heathen practices 11Kings 17:15-17 (NKJV).
15 Then Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said: "O Lord God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
16 Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.
17 Truly, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands,
18 and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men's hands--wood and stone. Therefore they destroyed them.
19 Now therefore, O Lord our God, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone."

We are seeing evil rules in our world and I pray that as Christians we know how to pray for our enemies. Satan is not going to lie down and stop fighting for his right. I do not think we as Christians can stand by and let evil rule. Right has not changed and it is going to take work to restore what the enemy has destroyed. Letís not give up in GOD WE TRUST, for it is still what allows freedom to reign.

5.   In following bad examples seems to be the norm and I trust we understand  Matt 23:1-12 (NKJV)  Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples,
2 saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.
3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe,that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.
4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.
6 They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues,
7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, 'Rabbi, Rabbi.'
8 But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ,and you are all brethren.
9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.
10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.
11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Lord even at our best we need your guidance itís not I, but Christ living in us that give us the ability to Achieve our Potential. So I trust as you continue this study with me, youíre growing in your relationship to God and one another.

 


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