Spiritual Growth

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The Area to be Tested

  • Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

There are many areas which Our Lord Jesus Christ will test us in on His Judgement Day.

  • How faithful we are to the Word of God: "I charge you, therefore, before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and with teaching." (2 Timothy 4:1-2)
  • How much we suffer for Our Lord Jesus Christ: "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets before you." (Matthew 5: 11-12)
  • How we react to temptation: "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." (James 1:2-3)
  • How effectively we control the old nature: "And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself become disqualified." (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)
  • How many souls we witness and win to Christ: "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy." (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20)
  • How we spend our time: "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:15-16)
  • How we treat other believers: "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet receives a prophet's reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward." (Matthew 10:40-42)
  • How we use our money: "But this I say: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
  • How we exercise our authority over others: "My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgement." (James 3:1)
  • How we run that particular race which God has chosen for us: "Holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain." (Philippians 2:16)

By: Fr. Mikhail E. Mikhail

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