Why some people have more in life and others don’t (Part 2/3)

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From the previous post, you have learned the traits that make a person lose even the things he has in life. But what makes a person have more? Here are the following traits you should develop.

He that hath

1. Diligence.

From the book He that hath:

Diligence is the persistent and relentless effort by an individual to solve a problem, to overcome difficulties and to accomplish great things.

Have you noticed how diligent successful people are? They just never stop. Even if faced with difficulty, they understand that persistence eventually pays off. Was there a time that someone called you and missed it? You might think that if only the person called you again and again until you answered, you might have been able to address their concern. It’s the same principle when you want to accomplish something in life. You must learn to keep on and finish what you have started.

The Hare and the Tortoise*
A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow.
“Do you ever get anywhere?” he asked with a mocking laugh.
“Yes,” replied the Tortoise, “and I get there sooner than you think. I’ll run you a race and prove it.”
The Hare was much amused at the idea of running a race with the Tortoise, but for the fun of the thing he agreed. So the Fox, who had consented to act as judge, marked the distance and started the runners off.
The Hare was soon far out of sight, and to make the Tortoise feel very deeply how ridiculous it was for him to try a race with a Hare, he lay down beside the course to take a nap until the Tortoise should catch up.
The Tortoise meanwhile kept going slowly but steadily, and, after a time, passed the place where the Hare was sleeping. But the Hare slept on very peacefully; and when at last he did wake up, the Tortoise was near the goal. The Hare now ran his swiftest, but he could not overtake the Tortoise in time.

*Source: https://fablesofaesop.com/the-hare-and-the-tortoise.html

If you want to progress in life, you must learn how to be diligent. Not only does diligent hands bring wealth,…

Poor is he who works with a negligent and idle hand, But the hand of the diligent makes him rich.
Proverbs 10:4 AMP

…diligent hands also satisfy your desires.

The soul (appetite) of the lazy person craves and gets nothing [for lethargy overcomes ambition], But the soul (appetite) of the diligent [who works willingly] is rich and abundantly supplied.
Proverbs 13:4 AMP

2. Faith.

From the book He that hath:

Faith is a firm belief in something for which their is no proof. It is also a belief in God.

Do you have faith? If yes, isn’t faith just the same with positive thinking? My friend, the answer is no. True faith is a prudent faith.

A prudent and far-sighted person sees the evil [of sin] and hides himself [from it],But the naive continue on and are punished [by suffering the consequences of sin].
Proverbs 22:3 AMP

Genuine faith also produces good works.

For just as the [human] body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works [of obedience] is also dead.
James 2:26 AMP

So where do you put your faith in? When you have faith in yourself alone, believing that through your might comes success, then you might find yourself in frustration and eventually, failure. So where should you put your faith in? You must put your faith in the Lord.

When you put your faith in the Lord, nothing is impossible.

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With people [as far as it depends on them] it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26 AMP

And if what you’re asking is God’s will, then it will really happen, no matter how small your faith is.

if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Matthew 17:20 AMP

3. Virtue.

From the book He that hath:

Virtue is the quality of doing what is good and right and avoiding wrong.

But what is right and wrong? Who gets to define what is right and wrong? Let’s go back to the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. When God was the one who defines what’s right and wrong, everything was okay for both Adam and Eve. But when they decided to take the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil and choose what’s right and wrong for themselves, the story begins to go downhill from there.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise and insightful, she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of the two of them were opened [that is, their awareness increased], and they knew that they were naked; and they fastened fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
Genesis 3:6-7 AMP

From history and in your lifetime, you have witnessed that when humans are left with their own devices, what they started as good will eventually turn out evil. When humans are to decide what is right and wrong, the truth somehow becomes a lie and a lie becomes the truth. When humans are to decide what is right and wrong, it will eventually end to destruction.

There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him,
But its end is the way of death.
Proverbs 14:12 AMP

So who should define what is right and wrong? God does. How can you know what God sees right and wrong? By looking into the life of Jesus. He is the ultimate standard of right and wrong.

So Pilate said to Him, “Then You are a King?” Jesus answered, “You say [correctly] that I am a King. This is why I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth [who is a friend of the truth and belongs to the truth] hears and listens carefully to My voice.” 
John 18:37 AMP

How can you hear God’s voice? By reading your Bible which is the Word of God.

For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 AMP

4. Knowledge.

From the book He that hath:

Knowledge is the condition in which you are aware of facts and realities that are true, important and relevant.

Do you esteem yourself as highly knowledgeable and do not accept correction anymore? Then you might have mistaken yourself for someone you are actually not. People who desire true knowledge do not hate correction. So when you are open for learning, you become become even wiser.

Do not correct a scoffer [who foolishly ridicules and takes no responsibility for his error] or he will hate you; Correct a wise man [who learns from his error], and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man and he will become even wiser; Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.
Proverbs 9:8-9 AMP

When you continue to gain knowledge, you will be able to execute things more efficiently…

If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength;
but wisdom [to sharpen the axe] helps him succeed [with less effort].
Ecclesiastes 10:10 AMP

… and gain strength.

A wise man is strong,
And a man of knowledge strengthens his power;
Proverbs 24:5 AMP

But where does knowledge begin? It begins with your reverence to God.

The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; But arrogant fools despise [skillful and godly] wisdom and instruction and self-discipline.
Proverbs 1:7 AMP

5. Temperance.

From the book He that hath:

Temperance is the trait of avoiding excesses and living in moderation.

It doesn’t make you any better if you seek more than what you really need.

Have you found [pleasure sweet like] honey? Eat only as much as you need,
Otherwise, being filled excessively, you vomit it.
Proverbs 25:16 AMP

The Swollen Fox*
A very hungry fox, seeing some bread and meat left by shepherds in the hollow of an oak, crept into the hole and made a hearty meal. When he finished, he was so full that he was not able to get out, and began to groan and lament his fate. Another Fox passing by heard his cries, and coming up, inquired the cause of his complaining. On learning what had happened, he said to him, “Ah, you will have to remain there, my friend, until you become such as you were when you crept in, and then you will easily get out.”
Moral
Temperance keeps the whole man in order, and in a good disposition, either for thought or action, but the indulging of the appetite brings a clog, both upon the body and mind.

*Source: https://fablesofaesop.com/the-swollen-fox.html

Since temperance is a voluntary self-restraint, you can frame it in terms of delaying gratification. Usually, temperate people are the ones who are willing to master something and are in it for the long haul. Take for example athletes. They are willing to forego things just so they can pour more time into practice, having with the end (winning) in mind.

Now every athlete who [goes into training and] competes in the games is disciplined and exercises self-control in all things. They do it to win a crown that withers, but we [do it to receive] an imperishable [crown that cannot wither].
1 Corinthians 9:25 AMP

How about you? Do you have self-control?

6. Patience.

From the book He that hath:

Patience is a good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence. To be patient is to be steadfast despite opposition, difficulty or adversity. A patient person bears pain and trials without complaint.

When a farmer plants some seeds, he gets to wait for a certain time before he gets to enjoy any harvest. That kind of waiting shows patience. Is waiting a sign of failure? I don’t think so. If you develop the ability of waiting, you are the kind of person who thinks long-term, knowing that rewards are waiting at the end of it all.

Let’s look into the concept of getting rich. Some people just want to get rich right now. And because they are not willing to wait, they get themselves into different kinds of schemes.

RELATED: On becoming rich: deceit of wealth

They do so not knowing that when they don’t know how to wait, the brightness they deeply covet will be snuffed out way before its prime.

The Envious Glow-worm*
A humble Glow-worm, lying in a garden, was moved with envy on seeing the effect of lights from a brilliant chandelier in a neighbouring palace, and, in a melancholy mood, complained of the comparative feebleness of his own splendour; when his companion, who was more sagacious than himself, checked his murmurs by saying, “Wait a little; have patience, and observe the event.” After a short time the light was seen no more, and the palace was left in total darkness. “Now,” resumed his mate, “you see we have out-lustred those many glaring lights, which, though brighter for a time, yet hasten the more quickly to nothing.”

*Source: https://fablesofaesop.com/envious-glow-worm.html

Having patience also manifests in how you deal with people. Becoming patient with yourself and others shows maturity and power.

He who is slow to anger is better and more honorable than the mighty [soldier],
And he who rules and controls his own spirit, than he who captures a city.
Proverbs 16:32 AMP

What happens when you lack patience? You may destroy opportunities, relationships, and even yourself.

7. Godliness.

From the book He that hath:

Godliness is the quality of being like God. God has many attributions. God is love, God is light and God is His Word. When you become godly, you are filled with these positive traits and become like God in your behaviour and character.

What then is godliness? It is a way of living where your fear of God, love of God, and desire for God are translated through your actions. When you possess godliness, you begin to live your life focused on God.

So why do you do what you do? As Christians, this is what sets you apart from everyone else in this world. Because you live a life that is focused on Jesus, you get to deal every person and situation in a way that pleases the Lord. In the same way, you live your life following the pattern Jesus has set for you to follow.

How to live a godly life? What does the Bible say? Here are some verses:

So put to death and deprive of power the evil longings of your earthly body [with its sensual, self-centered instincts] immorality, impurity, sinful passion, evil desire, and greed, which is [a kind of] idolatry [because it replaces your devotion to God]. Because of these [sinful] things the [divine] wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience [those who fail to listen and who routinely and obstinately disregard God’s precepts], and in these [sinful things] you also once walked, when you were habitually living in them [without the knowledge of Christ]. But now rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene (abusive, filthy, vulgar) language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new [spiritual] self who is being continually renewed in true knowledge in the image of Him who created the new self—
Colossians 3:5-10 AMP

Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us].
James 1:19-20 AMP

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence]. Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.
Ephesians 4:31-32 AMP

8. Brotherly love.

From the book He that hath:

Brotherly love is the love that a person has for a brother. It is the strong affection for another that rises out of kinship and personal relationships. Brotherly love shows concern for others. When something affects your brother it must affect you.

When you have this kind of trait, you value other people just like how you value yourself.

Now we who are strong [in our convictions and faith] ought to [patiently] put up with the weaknesses of those who are not strong, and not just please ourselves. Let each one of us [make it a practice to] please his neighbor for his good, to build him up spiritually.
Romans 15:1-2 AMP

You get to build others up.

So then, let us pursue [with enthusiasm] the things which make for peace and the building up of one another [things which lead to spiritual growth].
Romans 14:19 AMP

You seek the welfare of your neighbor.

Let no one seek [only] his own good, but [also] that of the other person.
1 Corinthians 10:24 AMP

9. Charity.

From the book He that hath:

Charity is the unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another. It is a selfless love of one person for another. Most people love others when they have a good reason to do so. But God loves us with agape love (charity) even though there is no good reason to do so. Somehow, people who have charity prosper and receive even more blessings from the Lord. If you only do good because you think of a reward, you do not have charity.

Charity is an expression of your faithfulness to God.

But give that which is within as charity [that is, acts of mercy and compassion, not as a public display, but as an expression of your faithfulness to God], and then indeed all things are clean for you.
Luke 11:41 AMP

Charity is doing good for others without expecting any return. This is what charity looks like in action:

Jesus also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or wealthy neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. But when you give a banquet or a reception, invite the poor, the disabled, the lame, and the blind, and you will be blessed because they cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous (the just, the upright).”
Luke 14:12-14 AMP


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