Thursday

Growth

Romans 8:12-13, Our obligation as Christians, live according to the Spirit
image: Billy Frank Alexander
Are you growing as a Christian? 

It's an absolute necessity: 

1. Only God can change us, but we have a serious responsibility in the process:

Romans 8:12-13: Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 

2. God shows us how to grow in His Word:

2 Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

3. God expects us to take growth seriously:

Philippians 2:12-13: continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Let's grow into the people God designed us to be!

4 comments:

  1. I was just doing a study of Philippians 3:19-21 and asking God to change me. Then I read this. He does answer. Thank you.

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    1. I'm glad this devotion was a supplement and confirmation to what God has been teaching you, Michelle. I am reminding myself of this principle too.
      Gail : )

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  2. This was mentioned in Bible Study the other night...we have got to let the WORD change us. If we go to church, listen to sermon after sermon, go to Bible study and study lesson after lesson what's the use if we do not allow it to make a difference in our lives?
    Without growth without change we remain the same.....

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    1. Yes, Piper, I want to be growing and it's easy to slip into complacency if I'm not careful. I love that God has given us so many ways to draw closer to Him and become more like Him. : )

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