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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Who Are You Chasing?"

Date published: 12/16/2012
 
Galatians 1:6-7 “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all.  Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.”  (NIV)  
 
Is your life as a Christian lived according to the world’s standards or God’s standards?  It is tempting and easy to live your life by measuring up to what people find acceptable instead of living by God’s way as defined in Scripture.  The transition from Godly living to worldly living can be very subtle and deceiving.  You can start adapting to what appears to be minor differences and the beliefs of those around you while not realizing that those seemingly minor differences and beliefs might actually be significant compromises from Biblical standards.  Your life with Christ will be more faithful by cultivating a heart that is established, ennobled, and strengthened by the work of the Holy Spirit.  When you line up the spiritual things that influence your life against the worldly things that influence your life, Who or what comes out on top?  Most Christians expose themselves by far to more worldly influences than Godly influences.  Step back now and look at whether your life is being influenced by God or the world.  You will increase God’s influence in your life through establishment.  Paul’s prayer for you in Ephesians 3:17b-18 is, “That you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”  Ennoblement comes from making God first in your life.  Let every decision and action flow out of your commitment to Christ.  Matthew 6:33 teaches, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” You are strengthened when you bring more of the Word of God into your life so that the Holy Spirit can further direct and impact you.  Paul prays in Ephesians 3:16, “I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.”   
 
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.”  (NIV)