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  • There Is No Quick Fix

    II Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:15

    It seems that the days of pride and workmanship have given way to impatience and speed. We have come to live in an instant world where “just get it done” is the rule. This may be the way of the world but certainly is not the way of the Lord. There are several passages of scripture that would lead us to believe that God does not get in a hurry to train His disciples. (Isaiah 28: 9-10; Prov. 22:6-11; II Tim. 2:15)

    It takes a lifetime of teaching, preaching and practice for a Christian to be brought to a place of value for the cause of Christ. There are no shortcuts or quick fixes. It takes work, effort, time and understanding.

    There are no shortcuts to Bible study. From the time of salvation to the grave it is a constant learning and growing process. It takes discipline, hard work, long hours and a heartfelt desire to know the principles and precepts of God’s Word.

    There are no shortcuts to prayer. Prayer takes time, planning and effort. It is hard work if it is done right and answers are received for the effort. What a great honor it is to be called a prayer warrior; to have testimony among men that they can pray with power and assurance.

    There are no shortcuts to obedience. The key to God’s blessings is obedience. We are expected to be obedient in all areas of our Christian life. There are no part ways. It is God’s way all the way. Christianity is not seasonal or optional.

    There are no shortcuts to service. Paul told the Roman Christians that they were to present their bodies a living sacrifice. Christian service is a constant “seek the mind of God” for His will, His way and His leadership; staying in the Bible, being instant in prayer and obedience, ever ready to do the will of God.

    The Christian life takes discipline, desire and dedication but the overwhelming motivation is that when God saves someone He puts in them the desire, dedication and discipline to be successful. There are no shortcuts but there is blessing and joy in living for the Lord and doing His will.

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