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"Breath to Eternity"

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2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (NIV)

 

  A common condition with Christians is a pre-occupation with life, which is not necessarily a bad thing to be pre-occupied with!  The challenge is how do you live in this world when we are not of this world?  What should your life look like as a Christian when the grime of life is blinding your ability to see?  God calls you to live with your eyes fixed on Him.  Not looking back or fearing the future, but by faith, trusting God’s promises.

 

   I tend to want to walk away without getting my hands dirty.  I also become pre-occupied with the offense and not the opportunity in God’s kingdom.  I find that when I focus on the person, the needs, and the outside environment I find I can keep my heart and mind in God’s kingdom and not the kingdom of this world.  Hebrews 7:18-19 points me to Jesus and not law, “The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.” (NIV) 

   Join the conversation.  Where is your life being chewed up?  How has God led you to respond?  Are there any Scriptures that equip you for the challenge?  Click here to read the entire teaching.


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"Dealing with Conflict"

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Psalm 37:3a “Trust in the LORD and do good.” (NIV)

 

   Christians often miss out on God by their expectations.  Are your expectations from God that He is there to serve you and meet your needs?  Do you expect God to get you out of every type of trouble?  Is your God like a vending machine at your beckon call?  Do not get me wrong, God does answer prayers, performs miracles, heals, and desires to take you into an abundant, fruitful life, but within a vibrant relationship with Christ as Lord of your life.  Matthew 6:33 says it this way, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

 

   Think about parents with children.  They certainly do provide for kids needs, often lavish undeserved gifts, and provide opportunities for great joy.  This is great, but a parents’ focus is more concerned about their development, health, character, salvation, spiritual growth, and how they contribute to this world and the kingdom of God.  This focus does not make you a bad parent, but a parent that is providing what is best for your children.  The same is true for God.  God’s family is His instrument for growing the kingdom of God.  As Christians we must learn to look beyond ourselves to God’s work and desires for all around you.

 

How about you?  Where does God need to gain a greater hold on your life?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to see as Jesus sees and not as the world sees?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read entire devotion)


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"Dealing with Conflict"

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Psalm 37:3a “Trust in the LORD and do good.” (NIV)

 

   Christians often miss out on God by their expectations.  Are your expectations from God that He is there to serve you and meet your needs?  Do you expect God to get you out of every type of trouble?  Is your God like a vending machine at your beckon call?  Do not get me wrong, God does answer prayers, performs miracles, heals, and desires to take you into an abundant, fruitful life, but within a vibrant relationship with Christ as Lord of your life.  Matthew 6:33 says it this way, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

 

   Think about parents with children.  They certainly do provide for kids needs, often lavish undeserved gifts, and provide opportunities for great joy.  This is great, but a parents’ focus is more concerned about their development, health, character, salvation, spiritual growth, and how they contribute to this world and the kingdom of God.  This focus does not make you a bad parent, but a parent that is providing what is best for your children.  The same is true for God.  God’s family is all in this world with you as His instruments for growing the kingdom of God.  As Christians we must learn to look beyond ourselves to God’s work and desires for all around you.

 

How about you?  Where does God need to gain a greater hold on your life?  What Scriptures have better equipped you to see as Jesus sees and not as the world sees?  Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read entire devotion)


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A Changed Lens

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John 9:2-3 “His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"  "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” (NIV)

 

   As this man in this week’s devotion had the wrong lens, so many Christians have the wrong spiritual lens.  A Christian is described in 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”  If that is who we are, then why do we live the way we do?  When asking that question of myself I find doing things contrary to God reflect my belief in God.  In other words the way I act reflects what I believe.  They saw a sinner in need of healing, while Jesus saw an opportunity for God to touch a man’s heart.  One of the things that has been most effective for me in changing my spiritual lens is to ask God to show me in my daily quiet time one area in Scripture where I fall short, and then pray for God’s work in that area.  Psalm 118:19 says, “Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.”

 

   What are some of the things you do to see through the lens of Jesus and not the lens of the world?  Click her to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area.  (Click here to read entire devotion)


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Changed Lens

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Genesis 50:19-20 “But Joseph said to them (his brothers), ‘Don't be afraid.  Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.’” (NIV) 

 

   Joseph’s life is an amazing testimony of forgiveness.  He had so many reasons to be bitter, revengeful, slothful, and rebellious, yet he forgave, performed his best under poor situations, made no effort to get even, and went the extra mile to finish well.  What an example of Godly living.  What are some practical ways in Christ that help you respond correctly to bad conditions?  One way is to dwell on what God is doing and not on what has happened to you.  How about you.  How do you respond in God’s way instead of the flesh? 

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"Alive to Christ"

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John 3:29 "He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice.  And so this joy of mine has been made full.” (NASB)

 

   John 3:29 challenged my desires and my faith.  I want all Christ has to offer while tightly holding onto everything I have.  My unwillingness to trust Christ reflects the very core of my belief in God.  My ability to follow Christ is bound in shackles as His life is run through the meat grinder of my life: My routines, responsibilities, family, work, money, time, activities, Facebook, smartphone, Instagram, hobbies, television, entertainment, sports, politics, etc. 

 

   If I want to be the friend that has full joy, then I must begin by not just hearing the Bridegroom’s voice, but making Him Lord through my obedience.  If I truly want that joy then I will consistently expose my life to Jesus’ truth in His Word and prayer, so He can confront all that is not of Him. 

 

   Where are you?  Each one of us has the same 1,440 minutes each day, yet we seem overwhelmed at giving 10 dedicated minutes to God each day (.007% of our day) much less a greater amount.  Does not our time reflect what we love, adore, worship, and follow?   Is God a pastime or your passion?  Is God an intruder in your life or your mover and shaker?  Do you end each day smiling at God’s work in you, or are you cutting more of God out of your life, so you can make more room for your things?  Let’s be Joshua 24:15 Christians, “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . .  But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."  Let God strip me bare, so I can be vulnerable to who He is, so I can experience all of Him.

 

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Introducing Growing in Christ Blog

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Greetings in the Lord,

 

   For ten years Growing in Christ has published a weekly devotion to challenge Christians to be faithful in their daily walk with Christ.  The devotions teach in a way that will help every believer take greater steps towards making Jesus Lord over every area of their life.

 

   Our devotions have been a one way conversation.  Our new blog concisely asks the questions each follower of Christ should be asking from the devotional teaching.  This will give followers the opportunity to enter the conversation by adding how following Jesus in this area can be better done, achieved, or just sharing Jesus stories of what God has done in those areas.  Come join the conversation to encourage all Christians in their walk with Christ!

 

Hebrew 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (NIV)  


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