Thursday, June 26, 2008

ONE PRAYER --- grow in Christ [+] Thursday E-Devotion

What keeps a person from growing?  There are many kids and adults around this world who have health problems that keep their bodies from growing correctly.  Yet there seems to be a majority of Christians we know that have some spiritual problems that keep them, or better yet and most likely, KEEPS US from growing closer to and to be more like Jesus.
 
Ephesians 4:15 (nasb) --- ...we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,
 
2 Peter 3:18 (nlt) --- Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.
 
What keeps people from growing to be more like Jesus?  Several reasons: not knowing God, habit of a particular sin, not focusing on Jesus, selfishness, not going to church, and more.  Hey, I am not trying to beat on you for not doing what I think is right, but what I am doing is reminding you and me that there is so much more and so much life to be lived from God.  He wants to rock our world, to bless our lives and send us into whole new directions as we grow.
 
What do we miss when we do not grow?  You answer that one.
 
Ed Young said that "maturing in Jesus come through serving and giving."  Try that one on for size.
 
I pray that each of us will not only grow in Christ but we will seek to know God, follow God and help others do the same.  Growth comes when we work at it.  It comes as we let God work in our lives.  Growth happens as we experience all that God has for us.  I am sure you would join me in saying this ... I don't want to miss the best that God has for me or for His church!
 
John 10:10 (nasb) --- The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
 

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[+] Please Pray for Kathie Ford's family as her mother's funeral is tomorrow.  Pray for this weekend's Mission Center Outreach Project of providing personal hygiene products and other cleaning will be a success of touching lives for Christ.

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