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PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence

, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12). Responsibility is defined as a duty or obligation to satisfactorily perform or complete a task (assigned by someone, or created by one's own promise or circumstances) that one must fulfill, and which has a consequent penalty for failure. In your daily experience are you inclined to make others responsible for your predicament? When a problem confronts you, do you look for something or someone other than yourself to blame? Do you seek out a person, thing, or condition on which to unload blame? We live in a culture of blame instead of personal responsibility. People are blaming heredity, environment, job pressures, poverty, prejudices, abuse, and anything else they can think of for their problems today. Christians today are also blaming their local church, the Pastor, the leaders, the church members, even Jesus and God for their Spiritual problems and spiritual immaturity. It will surprise you to know that your present state (both physical and spiritual) is a result of the choices you have made for yourself over the years. In the long run, you have eventually shaped your life by these choices. This process never ends until you die. The choices you make are ultimately your responsibility. The Bible teaches very clearly that we are responsible for the choices and decisions we make daily in our life. Your beliefs are not best expressed in words but rather they are expressed in the choices you make. Your faith affects the choices you make in life. Our society has produced people who ignore their responsibilities in the choices they make and then blame others for their problems. “If I develop lung cancer from smoking, it’s not my fault. I blame the cigarette companies, and they need to pay me compensation.” As a society, we have become expert at blaming others. Unfortunately, this blame game has entered the church and affected the both the physical and spiritual growth of believers in Christ. When a believer begins to backslide and fall away from the Lord, he says, “It’s not my fault. I’m not to blame. It’s the church’s fault. They aren’t friendly enough, or the church didn’t meet my needs, or it’s the pastor’s fault, he is not powerful enough. But it’s not my fault.” Romans 14:12 says, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God”. God is going to hold us responsible for the choices we make. This problem of blame game is as old as man, remember, in the Garden of Eden when Adam ate of the forbidden fruit and God put a personal question to him, he shifted the blame to the woman, and when the woman also faced a personal question from God she also shifted the blamed the serpent.

study my Bible (I need to discipline myself). when warned about things not yet seen. and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works. now that you are saved. and consider the Consequences of our actions upon ourselves and others. Take personal responsibility for these areas in your life and step forward! It is the believer’s personal responsibility to be grounded and to grow in Christ. go soul winning. it was your choice in receiving what Christ has already paid for. No one could have force you to get saved or prevent you from being saved. you still had the responsibility to receive Him as your savior. the blame game did not help them. Thank God you made the right choice. we should think before we act. No one could have received Jesus on your behalf that was your personal responsibility.” Noah accepted his responsibility in the word of God that came to him and responded in faith by building the Ark. By this we say your faith in God is made complete when you take up your responsibility in His word. Jas 2:17-18. A Christian who is in the habit of blaming others for his failure to respond to the Lord’s demand on him at any point in his life will not grow spiritually. We are thankful to God for the people He brings into our live to help propel us to spiritual maturity. no one can stand in your way preventing you from fulfilling these obedient steps in the Lord. . Good. Thou hast faith. Will you be the type of Christian that blames someone else for the choices that you make? Or will you take personal responsibility for your spiritual life and stand firm and grow in God’s Word? Hebrews 11:7 says. and I will shew thee my faith by my works”. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. What I mean is. “By faith Noah. if it hath not works. You cannot grow in Christ or truly develop any measure of relationship with Him without these indispensable tools: Discipleship. consistent Bible study. be discipled ( I must submit myself to). in holy fear built an ark to save his family. Prayer. is dead. it is not someone else’s responsibility to make me be baptized ( I must make a request). But in all reality. although salvation was free because Christ had paid for it in full. Personal responsibility means. and fellowshipping with breathren! It doesn’t matter whether it is easy or not. “Even so faith. a man may say. You are the only one that can prevent yourself from obeying God. exciting or not. Have you received a word from the Lord? Find out your responsibility in that word? You must know that when you were a sinner. didn’t each of them (Adam and Eve) have a choice to have said no to the temptation? Anyway. The only thing that keeps you from obeying these steps is your lack of discipline to do so. Faith is obedience and faith always leads us forward in Christ. FAITHFULNESS IS SYNONYMOUS TO RESPONSIBILITY. it is your personal responsibility once more to continue in Christ. God’s responsibility here was to give the command and man’s responsibility here was to keep the command. they were made to face the consequence of the personal choice they made. being alone. or begins serving God (I must find out His task for me). A FAITHFUL PERSON IS A RESPONSIBLE PERSON. Faith is obeying God regardless of the prevailing circumstance or resulting consequence. Yea.One may ask.

Seek His help. we are responsible for their welfare. We are also responsible to treat people as we would want to be treated. Subsequently verse 5 added “And beside this. take responsibility and press forward. having godly attitudes and behavior is God’s responsibility but rather it is the Christian’s responsibility through God’s provision. then consider some of the laws that God gave Israel in Exodus 21-23. Brethren. Through Jesus Christ each Christian can know and understand everything necessary for him or her to know and understand.the preacher is boring or not. do you tend to deny any responsibility for what happened? If so. As you deal with and relate to others. Everything necessary for our salvation is provided to us through Christ. “It’s not my problem? I’m not responsible. What is your attitude regarding personal responsibility? When you see a need. your spiritual life is your personal responsibility. The divine power of God has provided Christians everything necessary to have and sustain life and to have and sustain godliness. You cannot neglect your growth tools in Christ and blame someone else for your lack of foundation in Christ. Cain said to God. giving all diligence. your work schedule will permit you or not. Although it is your personal responsibility to learn from seasoned men and women of God. ADD TO YOUR FAITH virtue. One common theme in these laws is the concept of personal responsibility. God has given you enough grace and power to overcome any obstacle in the path of fulfilling your God given purpose (Eph 3:20).” If you cause someone to experience a loss of some kind. the truth is." It is God. Peter stressed that it is the duty of Christians to think and act responsibly. he was asking. Peter began this writing by stressing God's actions and role in granting the gift of salvation. A Christians should not understand God's gift of grace in terms of indifference or irresponsible behavior. the Christians does not "work to earn this. and to virtue knowledge” This stresses on the believers personal responsibility. It is not "us. Our legal system is geared toward making someone else responsible for anything bad that happens to you. 2 Peter 1:1-12 endorses the concept of responsible behavior. Our society is losing the concept of personal responsibility. There are different areas of personal responsibility from the laws found in the chapters of Exodus 21-23. “Am I responsible for my brother?” God says that we do have certain responsibilities toward other people. and their property as well even our enemies. you should bear in mind the principles of personal responsibility stated ." Note in 1:2 Peter's acknowledged avenue of divine grace and mercy were knowledge of God and Jesus Christ. Notice what Peter 2 Peter 1:1-12. Note in 1:3 it was the divine power that provided Christians everything necessary for life and godliness. because Christ has provided all the necessary ingredients you need. Christians do not receive salvation to continue to live an evil lifestyle. do you say. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” In other words. Peter did not suggest that. your belief system must be firmly rooted in Christ based on your own personal Bible study and not for you to be a reflection of another person’s life. you have time or not. No one has the power to ruin it or built it but you! While it is easy to blame someone else for a disappointment or failure.

We each bear the responsibility of discovering our unique purpose and following the guidance of the Spirit and God’s Word in order to fulfill that purpose. take hold of the truth that lies directly before them. brethren. I assure you. if one is looking for an excuse to stop being faithful and obedient to God. ye shall never fall” (2Pe 1:10). A lot of believers stop being faithful to the Lord and excuse it away as someone else’s fault. Sadly. give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things.there. The truth is. Have you been accepting personal responsibility for the safety of others? Have you been accepting personal responsibility for making restitution for any loss you have caused. even for mere negligence? Have you been accepting personal responsibility for showing respect to those in authority? Have you accepted your responsibility to help others in their time of need. “Wherefore the rather. there are Christians today that lack the spiritual foresight to take responsibility for their own choices. . they abound. and perform real life disciplines necessary to live righteously as they fulfill the purpose for which God created them. including your enemies and strangers? God created each of us to be unique.