Developing a Spiritual Mentality
II Peter 1:1-12
1. In (vs.5), I want you to underscore the words, "Giving all diligence, add to your faith..."
a. In (vv.5-7), Peter goes on to tell us the things we are to add to our faith. We are to add: "virture, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity (love)."
2. In (vs.8), he continues, "if these thing be in you, and abound," then you will not be "barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."
a. Then, again, notice (vs.9), "But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath FORGOTTEN that he was purged from his old sins."
3. In this passage of Scripture, we find Peter encouraging the saints in their faith. His death is imminent (vs.14), and before he passes off the scene, he wants to make certain the believers are strengthened for the things that lay ahead - persecution, discouragement, testing--and for some, even death.
a. This was no time to allow themselves to drift back into a carnal form of existence. They have been made "partakers of the divine nature," and have "escaped the corruption that is in the world" (vs.4).
4. The purpose of my message this morning is to help us develop a certain mentality--a "spiritual mentality" based on the things we know and the things we learn - If we do these things, then in Peter's words, "we shall never fall" (vs.10b).
ILLUSTRATION: James Allen wrote concerning the importance of the way we think:
"The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its unchastened desires. Every thought-seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own--blossoming sooner or later into in act, and bearing its own furtive of opportunity and circumstance. Good thoughts bear good fruit; bad thoughts, bad fruit." (SOURCE: Internet: Quotes From The Masters TITLE: Thought Seeds AUTHOR: James Allen DATE: 7/28/01)
5. I want to give you three points:
I. Remembering what we know
II. Doing what we can
III. Appreciating what we have
I. REMEMBERING WHAT WE KNOW
1. Please notice again (vs.12), "Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them..."
a. In (vs.12), he desires to "put us in remembrance." And in (vs.15), he wants us to "always have these things in remembrance."
A. If we are not careful it is easy to forget what we Have known
ILLUS: In an article from the Daily Bread concerning forgetfulness, they quote a study by Karen Bolla, a Johns Hopkins researcher. These are the things people most often forget:
Where something is 60%
Telephone numbers 57%
What was said 49%
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