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8 Qualities You Must Posses To Be Awesome [devotion]

8 Qualities You Must Posses To Be Awesome [devotion]

By Julie Terwilliger on August 12, 2013

When life gives you lemons it does tend to sour things and while some say to make lemonade (easier said than done) most of the time we just want to chuck the lemons at people's heads or squeeze them in their eyes. Attitudes can get bad. Reactions can be... not so Christian. And we cease to reflect the nature of our Creator.

We can try to 'be good', some are better at it than others. Personally, I am terrible at 'trying to behave', it's almost like I get worse! The Pulling Up The Bootstraps method can only go so far.  

But...thank God for God! He freely gives grace, the power to change.

"His divine power has given us everything we need to experience life and to reflect God’s true nature through the knowledge of the One who called us by His glory and virtue." 2 Peter 1:3

*The key is that HIS power gives us what we need to reflect His nature, not OUR own will power.

"...To achieve this, you will need to add virtue to your faith, and then knowledge to your virtue; to knowledge, add discipline; to discipline, add endurance; to endurance, add godliness; to godliness, add affection for others as sisters and brothers; and to affection, at last, add love." 2 Peter 1:5-7

Good behavior does not mean that one has: faith, virtue, knowledge, discipline, endurance, godliness, affection or love.

Good behavior is just staying out of trouble and is mere neutrality.

Only God's power gives us everything we need:

  1. It is only by His power that we can have FAITH in hopeless situations.

  2. It is only by His power that we can have VIRTUE (excellence) in a microwaved culture.

  3. It is only by his power that we can have [experiential] KNOWLEDGE (gnosis), an awareness and perception of his presence. Understanding.

  4. It is only by his power that we can have RESTRAINT (self-control) when our flesh wants to tear it up.

  5. It is only by his power that we can have ENDURANCE, patience, & long suffering when we can't see the end of the tunnel.

  6. It is only by His power that we can have GODLINESS (reverent wonder) to worship him in holiness.

  7. It is only by His power that we can warmly embrace others with brotherly and sisterly AFFECTION, as He is the source.

  8. It is only by His power that we can LOVE those that are unlovable...and we ALL know some of 'those' kinda people! :)

If we don’t have these qualities, then we will be nearsighted and blind, forgetting where we have come from, the sin that entangled us and what we once were.

If you do possess these traits and multiply them, then you will never be ineffective, unfruitful or unproductive in your relationship with God.    No grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of Jesus.

What's even better is if we practice these qualities, we will never fall (2 Peter 1:10-11) and are permitted entrance into the Kingdom!

What good news, what great promises and what a GREAT God we have! Now, who wants lemonade?

(All Bible verses from: The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

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Julie Terwilliger

Julie Terwilliger

Julie is a business owner, designer, worship leader, and iPhoneographer. She loves Jesus, elevating others, laughing & living life to the fullest with her husband & son in Michigan.