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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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puts within
US
HIS DIVINE NATURE (11 Peter 1:4)-
when
we repent
and turn from the WRONG ways of THIS WORLD, begin to
resist
it,
and turn TO Him through faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior!
God's divine nature is the nature of love - of giving, serving,
helping- of outgoing concern. lt is also the nature of humility.
Now when one is converted - has repented, and
turned from
this world's false WAYS- has
at once
received God's Holy Spirit–
his humanity- his HUMAN nature does not ftee. It was (probably
subconsciously) injected within us by Satan, the prince of the
power of the air. He
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exerts a pull. We stilllive in THIS PRESENT
EVIL WORLD, and
it
exerts a pull. God still allows Satan to be
around. And Satan
is
still around!
So we now have THREE PULLS to RESIST-
to
OVERCOME! We
must now
overcome
these three: Satan, this world, and our own
SELVES. We have to battle against these three, in order to develop
and strengthen RIGHT CHARACTER within us. God says plainly it is
THE OVERCOMERS who shall be saved - who shall REIGN with
Christ! (Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21; 21 :7.)
God's
Help
No human being is strong enough todo this BY HIMSELF! He must
seek, and IN FAITH receive, the help and power ofGoo. Even with
God's power he will not overcome such forces easily or all at
once. IT IS NOT EASY! Christ plainly said the way to ultimate salva–
tion is hard, difficult (Matt. 7:13, 14). lt's a constant BATTLE - a
struggle against self, the world, and the devil. The creation of
CHARACTER comes through EXPERIENCE. lt takes TIME!
This development is a PROCESS. lt is a matter of GROWTH -
DEVELOPMENT. lt requires, to become PERFECT, full and right
KNOWLEDGE of the very Word of God; because Jesus taught that
we must
/ive
by
EVERY WORD OF ÜOD (Matt. 4:4; Luke 4:4).
The natural, unconverted mind cannot fully and rightly UN–
DERSTAND the Scriptures of God. But the Holy Spirit
opens
the
mind to this spiritual comprehension. The acquisition of this
KNOWLEDGE, in itself, is a procedure requiring TIME. It is the
DOERS of this Word, not hearers only, who shall be saved (Ro–
mans 2: 13).
But can any man GO, immediately and all at once, this new