The Truth about Growing in Faith

We need GROWTH as Christians. Growing in faith is vitally important. We can not stay the same. The acronym “G R O W Th” helps us remember what the Bible instructs us to do as children of God. This is not a complete list of what we are to do, but it is a good start. The most important thing we need to remember is that we are to LOVE God and LOVE others. We are best able to learn and practice loving others by doing so in a local, bible-believing church. When we love God and others, we fulfill all the requirements that God has for us. We grow in spiritual maturity.

New nature

As God’s children, we grow to become like Jesus Christ. God’s Holy Spirit in us changes our heart and mind.

The Bible makes it clear that when a person, old or young becomes a Christian, there will be a change of direction in his life.  He will not be perfect; but he will be different.  He will not be all he should be, he will not be what he would like to be, but he will not be what he used to be!

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 Go to church

Church is where the people of God gather to love and encourage one another. The church is called, “the Body of Christ” in the Bible. If we are joined together with Christ, we are joined together with His body. We cannot say we belong to Christ and not belong to His body.

 

 

Read the Bible                                                                                The Bible is the Word of God. We need to instruct our minds, change our thinking. The Bible provides the “world-view” or “paradigm” from how we are to understand life. The Bible teaches us about ourselves, others, God, and how we are to live in order to have the most joy in this life and in the next. 

 

Obey the Bible

We must do more than just read the Bible, we must obey it. One of Jesus’ last commands is we are to teach others to obey what He has taught us. BUT, don’t think of obedience as drudgery, or difficult. Think of obedience as for your joy, your satisfaction. God wants you to have the very best in life. We can only have the very best when we are obedient to God. Our obedience to God shows our love and belief in God’s goodness.

 
Witness

When we really believe the Gospel, that it is “good news,” we will tell others. It is a natural result of faith in God. What we love, what we adore, what is in our heart, is readily apparent to those around us. Jesus expressed this in Matthew 12:34. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

 

baptism
After giving your life to Christ, the first command to obey is be baptized

 

 

Prayer

Prayer is personal communication with God. This definition is very broad. What we call “prayer” includes prayers of request for ourselves or for others (sometimes called prayers of petition or intercession), confession of sin, adoration, praise and thanksgiving, and also God communicating to us indications of His response.

God as our creator delights in being trusted by us as His creatures, for an attitude of dependence is appropriate in our Creator/creature relationship. Praying in humble dependence shows we are genuinely convinced of God’s wisdom, love, goodness, and power – indeed all of the attributes that make up His excellent character.

Praising God in the morning should be just as natural to us as it is for a happily married person to tell their spouse that they love them. It should be just as natural for us to greet God and say good morning as it is to greet our coworkers and friends. When we love God there will be a natural outpouring of our love in the form of praise.

In most instances, we have a fairly good idea of what may be facing us in our upcoming day. Ultimately we know that the plans of the day rest in the hands of God. Therefore, we need to ask God to give us wisdom to go through the experience that He has in store for us. 

If man is man and God is God, to live without prayer is not merely an awful thing; it is an infinitely foolish thing. Phillips Brooks (1835–1893)

 

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