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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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Yet God has given each of us a MINO OF HIS OWN. If one
REFUSES to acknowledge God or God's ways - refuses to repent of
the wrong and turn to the right, God cannot take him and create
Godly character in him. But the human CLAY must be pliable,
must yield willingly. Ifthe human stiffens up and resists, he is like
clay that is too dry and stiff. The potter can do nothing with it. It
will not give and bend. Also, if he is so lacking in will, purpose,
and determination that he won't "stay put' ' when God molds him
partly into what God wants him to be - too wishy-washy, weak,
lacking root of character, he will never endure to the end. He will
lose out.
We are, in truth, the WORK OF HIS HANDS. Yet WE ourselves
must do our part in this spiritual development. Ifwe lazily neglect
Bible study and prayer - or if we let other material interests be–
come more important and we NEGLECT such great salvation, we
lose out.
But if we have the strength of character to YIELD, OF OUR
OWN WILL to put ourselves in God's hands, HE will instill within
us H1s SPIRIT and by it His righteousness- His character- open
our minds to His spiritual knowledge. We have to WANT IT! We
have to WORK AT IT! We have to PUT IT FIRST, above all else.
It must be Goo's righteousness, for all of ouas is like filthy
rags to Him. He continually instills His knowledge, His righteous–
ness, His character within us - IF we diligently seek it and want it.
BUT WE HAVE OUR VERY IMPORTANT PART IN IT. Then all credit
goes to Goo.
As we receive the CHARACTER OF Goo through the Holy Spiritof
God, more and more God is REPRODUCING HIMSELF IN US.
Finally, in the resurrection, we shall be as God - in a posi–
tion where we cannot sin, because we ourselves have set it so and
have turned FROM sin and have struggled and struggled AGAINST
sin and overcome sin.
God's PURPOSE
WILL
be accomplished!
WHY Made From Material Substance?
Once again, STOP AND THINK!
WHY did God choose to make MAN out of physical matter in–
stead of Spirit? He made angels out of Spirit.