“How Do We Grow & Change?” + LINKUP

 

How Do We Grow & Change? - A couple of weeks ago I wrote about prayer and Bible study and how they are "The 2 Essential Means of Christian Growth." This week I want to talk more about how those two means work themselves out on a practical level.A couple of weeks ago I wrote about prayer and Bible study and how they are “The 2 Essential Means of Christian Growth.” This week I want to talk more about how those two means work themselves out on a practical level.

 

Welcome to Mondays @ Soul Survival

 

How Do We Grow & Change?

 

The Goal

 

The goal for a believer is to become conformed to the image of Christ. In fact, He has predestined us to do so (Rom. 8.29). Though we won’t reach that perfectly in this life, God is at work in us here and now.

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1.6).

While we tend to believe it’s things outside of us (our family of origin, other people’s sins, our financial situation, other circumstances, etc.) that cause us to sin or hold us back, those are the things God wants to use to propel us forward, to grow us into the character of His Son (Jas. 1.2-5).

But this won’t happen without the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit working in our lives. Philippians 1.6 is a promise for believers. And, while God will get us there if we belong to Him, we can choose to co-operate with His work or grieve the Holy Spirit and hinder His work (Eph. 4.30; 1 Thess. 5.19). When we do, we shouldn’t be surprised if God turns up the heat (Heb. 12.6).  Continue reading

“Do Wrong Thoughts Run Your Life?” October 22

 

Do Wrong Thoughts Run Your Life? - What do you think about? What hurts are you nursing? What disappointments? What cares? Will you let Jesus come into those broken places? Will you submit to God's way of thinking or will you let wrong thoughts run your life? What do you think about? What hurts are you nursing? What disappointments? What cares? Will you let Jesus come into those broken places? Will you submit to God’s way of thinking or will you let wrong thoughts run your life?  Continue reading