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    Dearly Beloved, ARE YOU GROWING SPIRITUALLY? (Part 2) “…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18 NIV). It is a
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 16, 2013
      Dearly Beloved,


      ��grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ� (2
      Peter 3:18 NIV).

      It is a pity that the contemporary Christianity is no longer emphasizing
      spiritual growth. Our emphases have been shifted from spirituality to
      religiosity and materialism. Many Christians no longer want to grow in God;
      they rather want to work for God and expect God in turn to bless them
      materially. No wonder, many so-called Christians cannot relate with God
      directly without their so-called spiritual leaders.

      Spiritual growth has been misunderstood to be some things that it is not.
      This has misled some people to think they are growing spiritually. Some of
      these things are: One, our position in Christ: we are positionally children
      of God (John 1:12-13; Romans 8:16). He sees us as already perfect in His
      Son (Colossians 2:10). We are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). Two,
      God�s favour: God does not like us better because we are more spiritual
      than before. God�s love for us is not conditional upon our behaviour. The
      Bible says, while we were still helpless, ungodly, sinners, and enemies,
      God showed His great love for us by sending His Son to die for our sins
      (see Romans 5:6-10). God cannot love us more just because we grow. Three,
      time: maturity in the spiritual realm is not measured by the calendar. It
      is possible for a person to be a Christian for half a century and yet
      remain a spiritual infant. Four, knowledge: facts, data, information, and
      intelligence cannot be equated with spiritual maturity. Unless your
      knowledge results in conforming you to Christ, it is useless. Truth that
      fails to change your life and behavior may in fact be hurtful, hardening
      you instead of bringing you to maturity. Five, activity: some people make
      the mistake of assuming that the most mature Christians are always the
      busiest ones. However, busyness does not necessarily bring maturity, nor
      can it be substituted for maturity. Excessive activity may, in fact, even
      hinder what is really vital and important in the Christian life. Busyness
      cannot earn salvation, let alone bring about spiritual maturity (see
      Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 10:38-42). Six, prosperity: some people so dedicate
      themselves to the pursuit of prosperity that they neglect everything else.
      God might have allowed you to prosper, but that is no mark of spiritual
      growth. Being poor is neither a sign of spirituality as well! Seven,
      sinless perfection: some people think that someone who is growing
      spiritually will not sin. This is based on misinterpretation of some Bible
      passages especially 1 John 3:9.

      Have you been equating your spiritual growth with any of the highlighted
      things above? That is not it! What spiritual growth entails will be
      discussed in the last part next week.

      In His service,

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

      Prayer Point: Lord, help me not to equate my spiritual growth with anything
      no matter how good the thing may be.

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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      "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
      sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
      whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
      GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).

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