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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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THE TRULY CONVERTED CHRISTIAN IS NOT YET PERFECT!
ÜOD LOOKS ON THE HEART - the inner MOTIVE - the real
in–
tent!
lf he is trying - if he gets up whenever he falls down, and in
repentance asks God's forgiveness, and sets out to do his very best
NOT TO MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN - and to persevere with re–
newed effort to OVERCOME, God is rich in merey toward that man
in his striving to overcome.
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think it should be apparent by now that the newly con–
verted Christian is not PERFECT all at once. He does not - must
not - commit sin deliberately and willfully in a spirit and attitude
of rebellion. That's what he has repented of! He
wants
to live
completely above sin. But to live perfectly would require all spiri–
tual KNOWLEDGE. He would have to live by EVERY WORD of the
Bible. The Holy Spirit imparts spiritual perception so he can UN–
DERSTAND the Bible. And to understand
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the Bible TAKES TIME.
We have to GROW into the KNOWLEDGE of HOW to live perfectly
without sin.
A Christian may, from force of habit, or under weakness and
temptation,
sin.
But
if
he
is a Christian,
he
is immediately repen–
tant, and on this repentance Christ's sacrifice cleanses his sin
(1
John l :7-9).
Converted people often are under heavier temptation than
before conversion. Satan exerts more pull than before. They are
STRIVING against sin, STRIVING to overcome. But they are not yet
perfect. Sometimes they are caught off guard. They may actually
sin. Then they
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AKE UP, as it were, and realize what they have
done. They REPENT. They are filled with remorse -
truly sorry
-
disgusted with themselves. They go to Goo, and CRY OUT for HELP
- for more power and strength from God to OVERCOME (Hebrews
4: 16).
This is the WAY ofthe Christian!
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is the way of a constant BATTLE- a striving against SIN- a
seeking God in earnest prayer for help and spiritual POWER to
overcome. And if they are diligent, they are constantly GAINING
GROUND. They are constantly GROWING in God's KNOWLEDGE,
from the BIBLE. They are constantly rooting out wrong habits,
driving themselves into RIGHT habits. They are constantly growing
closer to Goo through Bible study and prayer. They are con-