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Now to what extent the application of this knowledge is implemented is between you and God.
    My urging to you is 'go for the gold' -Philippians 3:13,14; 2Timothy 4:8. Why limit yourself to thirty fold when you can get a hundred? Go for the prize (Hebrews 12:1; 1Corinthians 9:24; Philippians 2:16)-as Paul did.
Trials would not be needed in order for a person to develop compassion if he would take efforts himself toward developing this valuable quality of the heart. Sadly some have lost courage. All persons die, but few ever really live.
    Some Christians however seem to prefer to develop an attitude of praise to God – "praise you Jesus" they sing, "oh, if we can only get closer to Jesus". 
    Well, there is a way. And it's being neglected. And because of that neglect, they work iniquity -Matthew 7:23; Psalms 36:1-3 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD.> The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth- (original is 'distributes to himself')-himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity-(original is 'perversity')-be found to be hateful-(comment: goes his own way till something dawns upon him that his way isn't producing what he hoped for). The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit. He hath left off to be wise and to do good."
    But many are too self concerned to effectively care for others in need who may never be able to repay them.

At the Tower of Babel, people wanted to build a name for themselves, for the wrong reasons. Today it's the same. Corporations do it. Churches do it. Associations do it. Individuals do it – seeking things and ways to present themselves and their interests as being foremost and the select of choice – seeking points of the wrong kind of pride; bigger to be better to impress, but maybe not for service to others; a more imprerssive and influential church and outreach, a big house, a fancy car, an important career, etc. Genesis 11:4 "And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." Zechariah 4:6 ".....Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts-(we host God)."-1Corinthians 10:33 "Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many-that they may be saved."
    Paul was loving toward God in such a way that made him disciplined in his purpose, that gave him such a loving, protective heart toward others in Christ that he was even willing to give his own salvation so that other may receive more -Romans 9:3.
    One can tell if a Christian really believes in a life beyond by how they live today or whether they trust in themselves -2Corinthians 1:9 ".....that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead." Philippians 3:11 "If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead."
    There appears to be three degrees of faith: Intellectual faith, a weaker faith; knowing that Jesus is God, but the Bible states that "even-the devils believe", so belief like this is lacking. 
    Casual faith, a type common to many; praying for your kids/family, praying before you get on a plane, etc. and trusting God that your prayers are answered.
    And saving faith, the best kind; trusting in Jesus Christ for all things. Perhaps it's because we sometimes become engrossed in our own depression or feelings of hopelessness, that we fail to progress to saving faith. 
    We appear to be created with a God'shaped hole in our soul. We go throughout life attempting to fill it with everything but God through belief in Jesus Christ. Some go to church every week and may think they are filling that God shaped hole with obeisance. But a few soon realize, that's just 'religion'.....God wants more than that, He wants a 'relationship' made possible through the righteousness of Jesus available to you as a gift. This also is the main way to break off those things which may control you.-...continues


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