Compliment of the season to you, in Jesus’ name. You are welcome to another exciting time in the presence of the Lord. In this season of joy, I decree the joy unspeakable from the Lord that is full of glory, will be your portion in Jesus’ name.
Last time, I brought to you the introductory part of this teaching. I taught on what godly character is and mentioned certain fundamental truths about character.
Today, I shall be sharing with you some Attributes of a Godly Character.
Attributes of a Godly Character
It is very important for you to understand the importance of character, so as to know when and where it exists and how to measure up. Let’s consider some of them here.
The Bible says: Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men (2 Corinthians 8:21). Honesty is a state of truthfulness, and you know truth is power! Nothing empowers people like truth! When they were looking for people to make leaders in Acts 6, the Bible says they looked for honest men. Your throne in life is waiting for you, but it takes honesty for you to ascend it. No one will take your throne!
An honest man tells the truth, he is straightforward, and he does not cheat. Dishonesty is the opposite of honesty and it destroys. When you are found dishonest, one of the things that happen is that you lose respect with people. As a king and priest on the earth, respect should be a part of your life. But the only way for you to enjoy respect is to be honest.
Take for instance, someone who cheats in an examination hall, he is simply saying by his/her actions that he or she has no regards for character building. Your actions have a way of affecting your character. You need to take this very seriously; dishonesty should never be associated with you anymore!
This is another major attribute and component of character. Discipline is self-control; it is the willingness to take orders. It affects all aspects of your life, from punctuality to your attitude and of course to accountability. As a priest and king, if you must ascend your throne, you must be disciplined. Talking about order, the Bible says: Let all things be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians14: 40).
Therefore taking to order is discipline. For instance, at many of our higher institutions, there are rules and regulations that govern their operations. A disciplined student will comply with the rules and regulations of his or her institution.
To be disciplined is to have self-control. Chances are, if you cannot control your life, then you can never be in control in life. It is important for you, therefore, to put control valves around your life. Embrace orderliness and self-control. Create laws for yourself and live by them. The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 6: 12: All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
As one who is disciplined, you will choose what is expedient above what is lawful, so that your life can be under the control of God’s Word.
Areas of life where you need to be disciplined:
Time: You must be time disciplined. There is a popular saying that: “Punctuality is the soul of business.” Handle your time with every sense of discipline. If you have no respect for time, with time you will surely lose respect in life. As a student, be punctual to class; be in the right place at the right time. Don’t allow yourself to be labelled as a ‘latecomer’. It shows lack of discipline.
Time is life. To waste time is to waste life. Discipline yourself in the use of time. Time can neither be stopped nor stored; it ought to be invested. From this day forward, you shall be time disciplined!
Money: Oh, I know one thing that teenagers everywhere like to do a lot; is to spend money. They know how to spend it. It doesn’t take them time. I will like to remind everyone of you as teenagers that your parents have worked so hard and are still working so hard to put you through school. So don’t be a waster of money and resources.
Be disciplined in your handling of money, so you don’t mourn in life! Be accountable, first and foremost to God and then to your parents, guardians, sponsors as well as yourself.
Many teenagers have allowed themselves to be controlled by money. They are happier when money is available. They murmur, complain, and get sad when they are broke. Never let money control your life!
Sleep: There is time for everything, including sleep. As a student, you don’t go to your lecture halls and begin to dose in class. It is a sign of indiscipline.
While sleep is a requirement for living, you have to be disciplined to handle it well. You are not here on earth just to sleep! Don’t be found sleeping in the wrong place and or time. Don’t be found sleeping during a church service, lecture or office hours. Tame sleep and then you will enjoy a great future.
Every area of your life requires discipline: even your appetite requires it. Don’t eat just anything anywhere at anytime. Even a common one-day fasting, some teenagers cannot handle it! If you cannot fast at this stage of your life, is it when you are old that you will start learning it?
Apart from the spiritual benefits of fasting and the fact that it is a commandment from God (Matthew 6:16), it delivers a lot of health benefits such as detoxification and much more as well. Remember Esau sold his birthright due to an undisciplined appetite (Genesis 25:29-34). Many people dig their own graves with the fork, spoon and knife through food! Your watchword should be: eat to live, not live to eat. Eat and drink in moderation.
In your appearance, be disciplined. Don’t be vulgar or wild in your dressing. Be cool! Remember, you will be addressed by the way you dress.
How to Cultivating Character
Examine the following carefully:
As you embrace character and continually cultivate, grow and strengthen it, your life shall be crises-free. Remember, your world is waiting for you! You belong to the winning camp; you shall not lose again in your life.
The questions then are: Is He Lord over your life? Or are you lord over yourself? God must become the Lord of your life, so you must be born again. To be born again, you have to confess your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. If you are ready to be born again, say this simple prayer with me, in faith: Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I believe You died and rose again for my sake. Forgive me of my sins, take over my life, make me Your child and let Your peace reign over my life. Thank you for saving me. Now I know I am born again!
As you celebrate in this season, remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Equally, I know you are set to usher in the New Year. It is not a time for you to get drunk! Before then, you should be able to take stock and make a resolution to obey and serve God with ALL your heart. I wish you HAPPY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus’ Name! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
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