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Growing in knowing the Lord

Discussion in 'For New Christians' started by Mandy, Apr 30, 2002.

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  1. Mandy

    Mandy Well-Known Member

    Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. (2 Peter 3:18)

    The new covenant of grace (at its very core) is a covenant of relationship. God's grace is available to enable us to grow in spiritual intimacy with our Lord. "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Here, grace is linked with growing and with knowing the Lord. As surely as grace was for spiritual birthing, grace is also for growing. The most strategic area of spiritual growth is progress in a deepening relationship with the Lord. Paul prayed in this manner for the saints: " that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him . . . and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Colossians 1:10).

    This process of growth necessitates consistent intake of the word of God. "As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby" (1 Peter 2:2). It is through the scriptures that we learn of the grace of God. The word of God is "the word of His grace" (Acts 20:32). Also, the word of God has the Lord Jesus Christ as the constant, primary subject. "And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself" (Luke 24:27). Of course, the Holy Spirit is the one who is to guide us into all of these great truths of the Lord Jesus. "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth . . . He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and! declare it to you" (John 16:13-14).

    God wills for our lives is that we might live in His word. This allows us to grow in His grace that we might know Him better. This is what is to delight our hearts and change our lives. "Thus says the LORD: 'Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,' says the LORD' " (Jeremiah 9:23-24). So many people (sometimes, even the people of God) chase after human wisdom, earthly power, or material riches. God desires that He becomes the delight of our hearts and the goal of our life: "that he understands and knows Me." So, let's respond with joy to Hosea's call: "Let! us know, let us pursue the knowledge of [the knowing of] the LORD" (Hosea 6:3).
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  2. Redeemed1

    Redeemed1 Passionate Worshiper

    (Excellent post Mandy!) God's Word reveals His character, and our faith will be built up on that character. For instance, we learn from the Word that God is faithful. Always. So when doubt begins to come in as to whether or not He will provide for my needs (be it financially or any other way), I can stand against that because I know that part of His character is to be completely faithful to do what He says He will do, which is to provide for all of my needs. His faithfulness is my shield!
  3. Kristen

    Kristen Blah Blah

    Awesome post Mandy!
  4. MizDoulos

    MizDoulos <font color=6c2dc7><b>Justified by grace through f

    Amen, Mandy!

    When we grow to know God more personally through His Word, others will see God in our lives.

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

    Gal. 5:22,23

    Great exhortation and post! :)
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