Living a Life of Secrets: Becoming a Character of Faith

You can live the life you love, even in the face of the most challenging circumstances. While sometimes it may appear that life throws more obstacles in your path than you can handle, you can always choose to be happy. Yes, you are that powerful. However, at the time of accounting we should not be surprised at the place that we have earned in the heart of Christ. Romans 8:18 states For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Becoming a Character of Faith
Believe it or not to accomplish this, God gave men free moral agency to enable us to choose to follow His way and assist in the development of His image in us, since we cannot be in His image unless we voluntarily choose to do so.

The moment that David asked for help, such is found in Psalms 51:10, but really contained in Psalms 51:1-19, there can be no doubt that he became a Character of Faith.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.

It takes true character, having known what he did. But God saw this in the beginning when he said in Genesis 2:18. "It is not good that man should be alone, I will make him a help meet for him."

Its no secret that God purposefully made life subject to futility. It is a quality that wears away at one's confidence. It can produce a sense of hopelessness that leads us to think that nothing will work out. I am confident that character is made of thoughts just like those above that are in line with God's plan for each of us. God came to prove us, and that his fear may be before our faces. It builds character.

Sometimes the life we lead seems so long and difficult that we take our eyes from God, as did David. Paul, reminds us that God does everything with love and wisdom and He performs this act for our own good. Look at how long it took for David to re organize his thoughts. The true picture of Character is found in the statement, "Man has trouble admitting that, by ourselves, we are powerless to overcome our addictions and our life has become unmanageable." Sound familiar?

Think of the frustration that David must have experienced. Look at what we are up against. There is a flood of immorality and lewdness coming out of the entertainment industry. I do not see how a true man or woman can watch such trash, to put it bluntly. The advertisements alone for them are bad enough to turn your stomach and embarrass you, and that is exactly the feelings we should have when we see such things. What do you think David felt that as he viewed Bathsheba nude?

The lesson we humans have to learn is that as sheep we should not be surprised at the place we find our selves in this world. But take full advantage of the gifts that we have so as to build and strengthen our character. Romans 8:18 states For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

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Copyright by James Aquila, N.D., CAd.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Dr. Aquila, author/teacher is a gifted communicator.
He has authored five books and several pamphlets on addictions
and their effect on relationships. James also writes other
articles appearing in CIR.

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