Command of Christ - Practice Secret Discipline
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
That thine alms may be in secret:
and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
That thou appear not unto men to fast,
but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret,
shall reward thee openly.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:
for ye serve the Lord Christ.
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly;
and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give;
not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye,
always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
(2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
(2 Corinthians 10:18)
Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
Developing Character -
Faith vs. Unbelief
Faith is recognizing God's will in a given matter and acting upon it.