"Growing In God"
Jesus grew...Luke 2:52 Growth, it sounds like something difficult...
No matter where you are right now in your walk with God, there is room for growth. Sometimes you may feel the maturation process is slow and you aren't progressing at the pace some others appear to be.
Never compare your growth with what appears to be growth or success in other believers. You should only use the Word of God as the measuring stick for your life. What may seem to maturity in other people could merely be an act.
The real test of your growth is not how you look in comparison to others, but how you measure up to the Word of God. There are some signs that reveal if we are growing or not...
Ask yourself these questions;
1. Am I reacting to the situations of life in the same manner as before I learned the Word on the subject? You may not measure up to what you expect to be one day, but you surely aren't the same person that you used to be... That's Growth!
2. Are others around me noticing that changes in my behavior are taking place, even if I haven't? Growth can be so subtle that others recognize qualities in you that are directly attributable to your meditating and acting on the Word... That's Growth!
3. Am I able to receive the Word without being offended at things that used to offend me? When we first hear the Word on a subject like tithing or living holy. The reaction can be negative at first until you begin to grow in the Word of God. Suddenly, the subjects that once Challenged you are now Changing you... That's Growth!
The wonderful thing about growing in favor with God is that it leads to favor with People. God causes others to show us favor when we are pleasing Him.
Proverbs 16:7 says that when my ways are pleasing to the Lord, He will cause even my enemies to be at peace with me.
Faith Confession: Father I thank you that I have your favor on my life and people are consistently good to me because of it. I increase daily through obedience to you and others are taking note, in Jesus' name, Amen.
The miraculous lesson of the Resurrection is that through Jesus' death on the Cross, we have been granted a second chance—permission to leave our old lives behind and stand before the pristine, unmarred canvas of a new day, with all its potential for joy and choices that honor God.
Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If not, TODAY is the perfect time to ask Him into your heart and your life. Stop reliving the past, beating yourself up over all the mistakes you've made. The slate has been wiped clean!
Paint a new life for yourself, bright with the colors of redemption, grace and renewal. Jesus loves you. Happy Resurrection Day!
WITH CHRIST YOU CAN
MAX LUCADO, 2013
The women who buried Jesus returned to visit him early Sunday morning. They brought spices and perfumes to anoint the body. What they found is the substance of hope: no stone in front of the grave, no body within the grave. They found an angel, clothed in white, seated on the stone. “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (Mt. 28:6 NKJV).
When they did, they saw the first signs of the resurrection: a vacant slab, an abandoned burial cloth, a folded shroud, and a beaming angel. And, could we examine the empty grave with them, we’d find something else. Languishing in the corner, in the dust, doomed to be sealed and buried forever…your stack of I can’ts.
God buried your I can’ts in the grave of Christ. Every last one of them.
You say you can’t forgive someone? You can’t, but with Christ you can. Can’t survive the struggle? You can’t, but with Christ you can.
Can’t hang on any longer? Turn to Christ for help. “God’s power is very great for us who believe. That power is the same as the great strength God used to raise Christ from the dead” (Eph. 1:19-20 NCV).
The same steely, burly force that raised Christ from the dead will turn your “I can’ts” into “I cans”: “I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me the strength” (Phil. 4:13 NCV).
With Christ you can face the struggles of Friday. Set your mind on the joy that awaits you.
With Christ you can endure the silence of Saturday. Be patient. Christ will come.
With Christ you can celebrate on Sunday. The same power that defeated His death will give you life. Have you asked for it? Have you asked God to help you?
He will. He will give you strength in this life and eternal joy in the next. All you need to do is ask him. Make this prayer a part of your Resurrection celebration.