The chief means for attaining wisdom and suitable gifts for the ministry are the Holy scriptures and prayer - John Newton.True wisdom is a gift from God. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God who gives liberally to all - James 1:5. God wants us to be wise. He wants us to have knowledge of Him, His commands and how to live for Him.Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God's Holiness & Sovereignty; acknowledging our own smallness, distrusting our own thoughts and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can Divine wisdom become ours - J L Packer.
To love someone means to see them as God intended them. Love is an endless act of forgiving. Learning to love unselfishly is not an easy task. It runs counter to our self-centered nature - Rick Warren. Love is the doorway through which the human soul passes from selfishness to service - Jack Hyles. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God - John 4:7
I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the shortest prayer to God makes, and all the people those short prayers were destined to impact, and all the consequences of those effects down through the centuries, we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of our prayers that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives - Peter KreettYou will never have time for prayer, you must make time - Father Patrick PeytonAlways pray and never give up - Luke 18:1.
God does not discipline us to subdue us, but to condition us for a life of usefulness and blessedness - Billy Graham. With God's discipline we are divinely enabled to obediently advance forward into Holiness, Godliness, good works and fruitfulness. Without discipline we slide into compromise, disobedience, sin and desolate, unfruitful lives.
Endurance is a key indicator of spiritual fitness and maturity - Alistair Begg. Integrity is built by defeating the temptation to be dishonest; humility grows when we refuse to be prideful and endurance develops every time you reject the temptation to give up - Rick Warren.
"Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." - Gal 6:9 "For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised." - Heb 10:36
Faith can be simplified as the expectation of good things to come. Faith is mandatory for believers as outlined in the following scripture, 'No one can please God without faith, because anyone who wants to communicate with God must have faith that God exists and that God rewards those who seek Him Heb: 11:6. Faith for the believer is also a shield and source of protection from fiery darts, attacks or painful experiences, worry, stress and confusion Eph 6:16. Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times martin Luther. "Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith." - Heb 12:2
The world conditions us that success includes wealth, fame and a lavish no-limits lifestyle. Although believers are permitted to be rich and successful the key difference is that we are called to serve God and others with our gifts and talents so that we live to please God wholeheartedly. We cannot serve money and God Mat 6:24. We are called to focus on God and things of worth Mat 6:33. Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter - Francis Chan. "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." - Prov 16:3