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The spiritual growing process

Discussion in 'Daily Devotionals' started by altya, Jun 9, 2002.

  1. altya

    altya Servant of God

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    After many trials and error I tried something different as to go around in circles. If you don't have a specific goal in life, one direction is as good as another and circles do not really matter. First of all I sit down and really think what my purpose in life is. The question is, do I want to move/grow spiritually or am I going to be satisfied to be in the same place spiritually.

    I would set my eyes on my vision then I locate my Spiritual position and work my way forward from there.
    Because of a lack of knowledge, Christians tend to grow and mature very slowly or not at all. We need to understand that we grow in the Spirit just as we grow in the natural. We grow from rebirth to the stature of Christ, just as we grow from birth to adulthood in the natural - this Spiritual growing process takes us OUT of Egypt THROUGH the wilderness INTO Canaan.

    It is important that we understand the significance of this journey.

    OUT OF EGYPT is the departure of the worldly way of living.

    2 Corinthians 6:17 come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord,

    This is not the people of the world but the worldly system. We have to forsake it.

    THROUGH THE WILDERNESS is a moving and growing process; this is not a campground. Attitudes are changed from moaning and complaining to attitudes of praying and worshiping . This change is what enables us to finally get through the wilderness.
    Hebrews 3:8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness

    INTO CANAAN – signifies our entering into the promises that God has given us back in Egypt. You are going to take possession of your land, (promises) you cannot take possession of Egypt nor the wilderness. It has to be Canaan.

    Joshua 1:3 every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
     
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  2. Autumn

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    You know, I never really looked and asked where I was in my walk...and although I've been saved since I was four...I feel like I had to go back and start a little closer to the start in tenth grade. Now, I'm 19. I've been seeking God desperately..., but I had to realize that I couldn't do good even though I wanted to. It is only God. I must constantly give over my will for His, letting Him work.(remind you of romans?) I read the Bible, but it really didn't sink in...it was like I couldn't really get it until God put me through it. There is freedom now.

    I started going on apologetics forums, and God really didn't reveal Himself to any of them (at least not that I know), but boy did He teach me. I've learned so much in the past few months. I feel like I'm starving, and I'm sitting at a table just eating and eating. God is feeding me.

    I realize now, that I'm just a little baby in Christ, even though I've been saved for years. I have a long way to go, but I am willing. I want to give my self to Jesus, a living sacrifice. I want to glorify the Lord forever!

    One thing God asked me quietly was, "Autumn, if you can't reason the Bible...if you can't prove it...if it really doesn't make sense to your logic, will you still have faith in Me?" I had a hard time saying "yes" at first. Then slowly He showed me it is the only way to live. He is God, His ways are not our own. He speaks in Spirit, and boy does that go over our head's at times. The important thing is to trust in Him, to love Him with all of your heart. He is the spring that bubbles forth within me, filling me with love for others.
     
  3. Kristen

    Kristen Blah Blah

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    Nice post Altya!
     
  4. altya

    altya Servant of God

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    All that matters is the willingness of your heart. Keep on growing and you will become a blessing to others.

    Thanks Kristen – I appreciate.
     
  5. i believe i'm in the process of spiritually growing.
    i'm finding i have to give up a lot of my understanding that i've inherited from this world.
    the world without God seems to think they are capable of love.
    and my understanding of love has the same as most i think ,comes from the world we are born into.
    people of the world think and even some Christians seem to think there is love in this world without God.
    i've come to a stage where i'm not to sure.
    although people say they love their wife and kids etc.
    i wonder if this is really true ,as many do seem to abandon them when they think they've found something better.
    even though we might have the influence of God from creation ,from the law and in what we call morals to a certain extent.
    but i think the love of this world is really purely selfish.
    i think it's only when we've repented of our old life that we're truly reborn.
    and only then are we capable of true love to others as we have recieved it first ,from God and through Christ to us.
    we then are capable of this love and even understanding of His word.
    but i still believe we have to grow and gradually break from all the world as taught us and be as little babies in Christ ,with no understanding at all.
    willing to be taught over by the true teacher who gives us the true meaning of life.
    God bless.
    paul
     
  6. just thought i'd better say i'm not trying to be judgemental to anyone who may have left their families for whatever reason.
    i'm just saying wihtout God we have no real love for anyone of this world .
    for only through the love of God can we truly love another and want them to have the love of God also.
    for when we know not of this love we may love others but not truly ,as we do when we are of Christ.
    we can't bring a child up into this world without teaching them the right way.
    if we have not God to teach us ,how can we teach them the best way.
    so they then are taught of the world without God.
    and are not taught of real love only worldly love.
    God bless.
    paul
     
  7. altya

    altya Servant of God

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    You are right – when being born into the Kingdome of God, we are babies and our perspective of what love (fruit of the spirit) is change while we are growing up to matured Christians. When we reach the point where we are fully grown to the stature of Christ we will handle love problems differently as before.



    A short testimony of what God has changed by me and I am still in the process of being changed.



    Everything of my character that did not match Christ character was chopped off and I’m sorry to say that all of my character was chopped and changed. Nothing that I have could stand the match with Christ. The reason is that I came out of the world with worldly standards, and the way the world sees things is not Gods idea of how things worked



    I thought that I had some of the fruit of the spirit, at least love. I loved people but when God showed me that my love fall short of His standard. I saw that the worldly love is poor in standards. Worldly love is centered on the first person –

    I will love you if you love me; I will be good to you if you are good to me; I will treat you with respect if you do the same.

    Gods love is differed – I will love even if you hate me; I will love even if you hurt me; I will love you even if you steal rob or harm me. I will go before God with compassion in my heart and pray for you in humbleness. I will look to you the way God sees you. I will ‘close’ my eyes for any works of the flesh and not judge you but rather seek for the potential in you and help you to work on it.



    Then I thought, ok, I’m a joyful person and even here, my eyes were opened. I was full of joy as long as things went my way and I discover that it’s very easy to be happy when all is good and nice around me but I failed joy – the worldly standard is I’m happy and cheerful when everything is fine. God’s joy is to be happy and contented when: (Habakkuk 3:17) Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. This is quite a thing to practice. It’s not easy to be joyful in these times and this is why we need God’s joy.



    It’s easy to be at peace if no one is angry with you. If everybody is treating you with the respect that you feel, you deserve. It’s so easy to walk in peace when people (those who are members of your household and those brother and sisters in church) are so ‘considered’ to you. But it’s a different story when someone is treating you very badly.

    I failed peace – Worldly standards are to defend myself; to shift the blame to someone else; to have the right to feel offended. God changed me to choose not to be offended, to not care about blame shifting and not to be caught up in arguments. If people hurt me, I pray for them. If they verbally abuse me, I don’t take it personally and pray with compassion for them. If they really hurt me badly I turn to God and ask God’s help to overcome. I even have to rejoice in it. (1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy).



    With these changes, I learned to establish better relationships with (my) people. I saw the importance to walk in peace in my own home and Church.



    Years ago, I thought I was smart by praying a lot, reading the bible and do everything I thought Christian should do, but then God changed me from having religion into having relationships with people. I’m very impressed with God because with religion I wanted the people to see how good I am. How much God loves me; All was centered around me, but with relationships I have to put myself and my needs on the background, and look to my fellow brother and sister, seeing their hurt and needs and serve them. Helping them to overcome their difficulties. When I’m doing this I found that God took care of my needs and hurts. To do this, does not require lots – only willingness to a heart change. God supplied all the ‘tools’ to be available to serve people.
     
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