June 10, 2016 Brethren Letter
We will be observing the Feast of Pentecost in two days. God has a marvelous plan for us, and for all of mankind. Just think of it, we can actually be a part of God’s FIRSTFRUIT spiritual harvest. Through His Holy Spirit we’re able to grow in God’s character.
Mr. Armstrong wrote the following about “righteous character” in his book, The Incredible Human Potential (page 38).
Perfect, holy and righteous character is the ability in such separate entity to come to discern the true and right way from the false, to make voluntarily a full and unconditional surrender to God and His perfect way — to yield to be conquered by God – to determine even against temptation or self-desire, to live and to do the right. And even then such holy character is the gift of God. It comes by yielding to God to instill HIS LAW (God’s right way of life) within the entity who so decides and wills.
Actually, this perfect character comes only from God, as instilled within the entity of His creation, upon voluntary acquiescence, even after severe trial and test.
Satan also knows what our potential is, and will use ANY means possible to get us spiritually distracted. “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (II Corinthians 2:11). GROWING with God’s Holy Spirit is the way we overcome! “and I will ask the Father to give you another Helper to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth…” (John 14:16-17, Moffatt).
Have a good night’s rest and a wonderful Sabbath!
Sincerely, Your Brother in Christ,