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GROWING IN CHRIST

"My Best Friend Jesus"

Date published: 06/11/2011

Ps 106:12-13 “Then they believed His promises and sang His praise.  But they soon forgot what He had done and did not wait for His counsel.”  (NIV)

This verse provides a great illustration of a roller coaster Christian.  One day you are high on the Lord and the next day you are out on your own – running into brick walls, blaming God, and wondering why He is not blessing your life.  The root problem of this type of walk with Christ is the underlying belief that God is there to bless you, answer your prayers, and jump through the hoops you put before Him when you need Him.  First and foremost, Jesus’ purpose in dying for you was to have a relationship with you.  John 17:3 says, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent.”  Good relationships are built on the full emotional spectrum of the people involved and not just when you need something.  God does want to bless you, but He also wants to hear your praise as you experience more of Him, hear your thanksgiving when He does something for you, and hear your confessions when you stumble so that He can restore your relationship.  God desires a full and vibrant relationship that will reflect your love for Him.  Set a specific time with God each day to grow from reading and applying the Word of God while praying the acronym ACTS:  Adoration (praise), Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (asking).  Ask God to illuminate your previous day so that you can better understand His role in your life and where He desires further involvement from you.  Pray into your day asking for God’s involvement and direction in every detail.  Pray constantly for encouragement while continuing to ask God to illuminate and use the truth revealed in your daily Scripture reading.  Making this a life pattern will not only deepen your relationship with God, but it will also change it to one of deep friendship where life’s bumps and successes become memorable experiences with the ONE you love most!

Deuteronomy 8:10-14 “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you.  Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe His commands, His laws and His decrees that I am giving you this day.  Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, Who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” (NIV)

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