But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. II Peter 3:18 NIV.
Two growth areas:
- Grow in grace
- Grow in knowledge
9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. Col 1 9-12 NIV
Nine growth areas:
- Grow in knowledge of God’s will
- Grow in spiritual wisdom and understanding
- Live a worthy life
- Please God in every way
- Bear fruit
- Grow in knowledge of God
- Be strengthened with power
- Reflect great endurance and patience and joy
- Be thankful
The above, and what follows are from the archives here two years ago. This one was titled Conditional Promises, a reminder that some of the great promises in scripture have conditions attached to them; things we must do first in order to see God’s blessing.
If I’m not getting the desires of my heart,
Maybe I’m not delighting myself in the Lord
If I’m not finding my paths being made straight,
Maybe I’m not trusting in the Lord with all my heart.
If I’m not finding God is adding good things to my life,
Maybe I’m not seeking first His Kingdom.
If it doesn’t seem like God is working in all things for His glory,
Maybe I’m not loving God or trying to live according to His purpose.
If it doesn’t feel like God is hearing from heaven, healing the land and forgiving sin,
Maybe it’s because as His people, we’re not humbling ourselves, seeking his face and turning from our wicked ways.
If it doesn’t seem like God is lifting me up,
Maybe I’m not humbling myself in His sight.
Apparently the early months of C201 didn’t always include scripture text and commentary, there were often just short quotations, like this one from April 2010.
Collapse in the Christian life is rarely caused by a blowout. It is usually the result of a slow leak.
Finally this one from Bruxy Cavey, teaching pastor of The Meeting House.
The thing about grace is that it makes religion totally redundant.