PREPARE YOUR MIND FOR WARFARE
Every true child of God soon learns that the Christian life is warfare. The hosts of Satan are committed to hinder and obstruct the work of Christ and to knock the individual solider out of combat. The more effective a believer is for the Lord, the more he will experience the savage attacks of the enemy: the devil does not waste his ammunition on nominal Christians. In our own strength we are no match for the devil. So the first preparatory command is that we should be continually strengthened in the Lord and in the boundless resources of His might
PATIENCE IS A PARTNER OF FAITH
Patience is shown when “you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:12 NKJ) Patience is an active force of perseverance, endurance, fortitude, and persistence. Patience is a force of action that does not distract you from your corresponding action but under girds it. With the force of patience, you possess a greater tenacity to succeed. ”By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls.” (Luke 21:19 AMP)
BIRTH AND DEATH OCCUR SIMULTANEOUSLY
When we look deeply and recognize the causes and conditions that allow birth and death to be, we realize that birth and death are only notions. The manifestation of something is not the beginning of its existence, and when something is not manifesting, this does not mean that it does not exist. Before a phenomenon manifests, it is already there in the conditions. Birth is made of death, and death is made of birth. Birth and death occur simultaneously in each moment. Before you were born, you were already there. When you die, you do not become nothing. You go back to the wholeness, to the base, in order to manifest again.
HOW ORDERLY PEOPLE CONSERVE THEIR TIME
Orderly people conserve both their time and energy by never losing anything and therefore never having to find anything. Everything is in its place, and the hand can be at once placed upon it, though it be in the dark. They can well afford to be cool and deliberate, and so use their mental energies in something more profitable than irritation, bad temper, and accusing others for their own lack of order.
SUPPLEMENT YOUR FAITH WITH VIRTUE
The WORD OF GOD speaks to us and says, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.” (2 Peter 1:5-7 ESV)