Saturday, May 3, 2008
Col. 2:7; 3:2; 3:9-10 Eph. 4:23
Have the roots [of your being] firmly & deeply planted [in him, fixed & founded in him], being continually built up in him, be coming increasingly more confirmed & established in the faith, just as you were taught, it abounding & overflowing in it with thanks giving.
vs5 leaning of the entire human personality on him in absolute trust & confidence in his power, wisdom, & goodness.
We must be rooted & grounded deep in Him. So many are led astray because they only believe on the surface. They quit before they are strong in the Lord and established in the faith.
1 Peter 2:2 like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured & grow up to [completed] salvation, since you have (already) tasted the goodness & kindness of the Lord.
2 Peter 3:18 ... grow in grace (undeserved favor, spiritual strength) & recognition & knowledge & understanding of our lord & Savior Jesus Christ [the Messiah]...
2 Peter 5-7 “giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; & to virtue knowledge; & to knowledge temperance; & to temperance patience; & to patience godliness; & to godliness brotherly kindness; & to brotherly kindness charity.”
vs 8 “ for if these things be in you, & around, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We must guard ourselves against anything that would try to stop us from growing in Christ.
Col. 2:8 see to it that no one carries you off...
Heb. 13:9 do not be carried about...
Eph. 4:14 don’t be carried about...
2 Peter 3:17 lest you be carried away...
BE ON YOUR GUARD!!!
Eph. 4:14 so then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to & fro between chance gust of teaching & wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of the cunning & cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.
DON’T BE TOSSED TO & FRO!!!
Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things speaking truly, enfolded in love, let us GROW UP in every way & in all things into Him who is the head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the anointed one)
GOD GIVES THE INCREASE!!!
We must day by day walk in the light that He has given us.
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease [he must grow more prominent; I must grow less so]
Don’t allow FEAR or DREAD stop you from growing. Quit allowing your mind & flesh keep you from stepping out from where you are to where God wants you to be.
So many times we let others or our circumstances hold us back. Don’t let fear paralyze you from doing what God wants you to do. Many times He says “Go forward”, but many people don’t because they seize up with fear...
Fear of people or failure. God wants us to grow in Him. This takes time, but most people don’t take the time or the steps that are needed to grow strong in the Lord.
Joshua 1:9 ... be strong, vigorous, & very courageous. BE NOT AFRAID, neither be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you where ever you go.
It is time we “Grow up”, put away childish things. He wants us to go forward and we are still playing around as though we were still babies. There is much work to be done. It is funny when we were young we couldn’t wait until we were 16, then we could wait until we were 18, then 21. But now that we are old we act like babies.
Yes we must be as little children in some things. But
it is time to go forward, Grow up in Him, & do His as He has said.