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Sunday, December 6, 2015
ABC's of Godly Character - G
G is for Growth! Spiritual Growth is the process of becoming more and more like Jesus. When we place our faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit begins the process of making us more like Him, changing us to His image.
By God's power we have everything we need to live Godly lives. The key to obtaining everything we need is to obtain knowledge about God. Our knowledge of Him comes from the Word, given to us to help us grow and mature into bold, witnessing Christians. We don’t obtain knowledge just by sitting in the pews at church, or in class, or by flying through Bible readings just to check off a list of the things we are supposed to do. You have to actually absorb what you hear and read. It has to soak into our hearts and change us. We have to gain understanding of His Word so much that it convicts us to change. Colossians 1:9-10 says “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (ESV). Does your spiritual growth show that you are gaining knowledge and wisdom about God? Do you live a life pleasing to God ALL the time? Does your life bear good fruit or rotten fruit? Knowledge doesn’t help us, unless it leads us to change and live right in the sight of God. We should strive to learn what God wants us to do and then pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to help us do it. God wants us to learn more about Him and to also help others do the same. We are always moving, the question is “what direction are we moving?”. Are we taking steps to get closer to God or is our daily choices leading us further away?
Prayer Starter: Dear Lord, please help me to grow more in my relationship with You. Help me to draw nearer and nearer to You. Give me a desire to spend more time reading and learning from Your Word. Help me to learn to talk and pray to You more often. In Your Name, Amen.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make a commitment to spend time with God EVERY day. Add a timer to your phone, or mark it on your calendar. Are you willing to give God 5-10 minutes of your day to help your spiritual growth?