Growth In Grace

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A dream woke me this morning. One that really stuck with me. We were at church and the children were singing and  I heard some parents say that their worship is just by watching their children worship. I chimed in real quick and said, but I’m not giving up my worship! I kept saying that over and over because I couldn’t believe that they would be willing to settle for something less.

Yes, I love to watch my children pray and do things that are showing their love for others, but being satisfied with watching  others’ spiritual growth is not what God intended for us as a family or individually.

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I love to listen to bible studies and read books about His Word and that’s part of growing, but just listening and reading others’ interpretations of the word is not comparable to US reading it and letting Him help us to interpret it in a way that makes a connection for us.

In Hebrews 5:11-14 throught 6:3 it tells us of “A Call to Spiritual Growth”.

There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training, have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God. You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding.

He doesn’t want us to be content with just knowing the basics about him just to get us to heaven. God willing you live a long time, just think of all the amazing opportunities you will have to experience a closeness and relationship with Him of your very own. By studying His word and learning how to love on others as He did, we will have the opportunity to share and teach others daily. Ministers are not the only ones called to teach. We all have opportunities daily to show His love so that others can grow as well.

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. James 1:22 NLT

He has so much love for you in His word and He wants you to share it with others. How you do that is up to you. You don’t have to do it by standing in the streets and shouting it, but by simple acts of obedience of reaching out to someone in need, lending a hand without being asked, or even by just listening to others’ struggles.

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 3:26 KJV

Rather, you must grown in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18

I pray that you grow to find His Word more precious than gold and sweeter than honey from the honeycomb. Psalm 19:10

Let’s do this together….Let’s light up this community this holiday season.

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Stepping Up

IMG_7643-11 Peter 4:10-11 NIRV “God’s gifts of grace come in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully. If you speak, you should do it like one speaking God’s very words. If you serve, you should do it with the strength God provides. Then in all things God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Give him the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

We are all called to serve through loving others. It’s how we use the gifts that he has given us that our uniqueness shines through. Discovering that gift can be challenging and intimidating to say the least. Some find their talents easier than others. The rest of us have to discover them later on. Both types of people can be used to do great and mighty things for the kingdom.

What stops us from using our gifts and talents is ourselves. We back away from the great things that He has planned for us because we may feel inadequate, insecure, and scared. We let the lies flood in and take over and then comparison starts and the busyness of our lives to keep us from the ultimate job He has called us all to do.

The call is not always over the top….move to a different country, start a ministry, sell all your belongings…..

The call is the same for us all…we are to serve others through love.

Luke 16:10a “If you’re faithful in the small things, you’ll be faithful in the big things.”

It’s through the little things that he wants us to start with…helping a neighbor, buying lunch for the guy behind us, mowing someone’s yard, making a phone call just to say hi and that God loves them. When we are faithful to love those around us, then he will task us with reaching those beyond our comfort zone. But not to worry, whatever He asks of you He will give you the strength, courage, and guide your steps to make it happen.

Stepping up to the plate and swinging is all that He’s asking of us. He wants us to be faithful and obedient..willing to be used for His glory.

What little thing can you do today? Are you going to step up and swing?

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