Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Grow in Grace
2 Peter 3:18 (KJV)
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Grace - (from the Greek word Charis) Well favored and precious in the eyes of God. The divine influence of the Holy Spirit in your heart and life.
True spiritual growth can only happen thru God’s favor and His Divine influence in your heart and life.
Grow in The Knowledge of Our Lord
Let’s look at the thought of growing in the knowledge of our Lord, from a couple aspects:
To understand who He is. We understand who Jesus is by what He has said, what He has done and how He has done it. We also understand Him better by viewing Him and all that He has said and done through the lens of the attributes of the Spirit.
Then, understanding what He understands. Seeing from His perspective. Knowing what He knows! This comes from God revealing to us who He is.
Luke 10:22 (KJV)
22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
Growing in God’s Divine Nature
2 Peter 1:2-9 (KJV)
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
These verses are showing us how to grow and in what areas to grow. We encourage you to read these verses in 2 Peter chapter 1, then meditate and study them while praying for the Spirit of God to reveal His understanding to you.
Please pray with us…
Dear Lord, we pray for guidance and understanding to know how to grow and where we should grow in you. We know that you are perfect and we are needy. Fill us afresh with your love and grace. Give us a heart like you! Help us to truly be partakers of your divine nature. In Jesus’ name… -Amen
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