If you have had braces attached to your teeth, you know that after a brief adjustment period you do not even know they are there, yet they are always there applying steady constant pressure. Over a long period of time, they change the location of your teeth. This is how we are equipped to live like Christ. When we commit to living like Christ, we allow him to apply the gentle, steady constant pressure that will change the location of our desires, our motivations, and our ambitions. And at times, like our teeth, it may be a slow process. If you had braces when your teeth finally straightened out, do you remember what the orthodontist warned if you did not wear your retainer every night? He said your teeth would go back to their old location. In much the same way, there is never a time when we do not need to be equipped by Jesus. We need to stay connected to Jesus to allow him to apply the pressure on our lives to keep us on the narrow path.There is never a time when we do not need to be equipped by Jesus. Click To Tweet
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Matthew 6:31-32 (NKJV)
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
John 8:31-32 (NKJV)
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NKJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.