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GROWING IN CHRIST

"In Him"

Date published: 07/28/2020

John 1:4 “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.”

 

   “In Him” are powerful words.  They provide life, direction, understanding, destiny, God’s will and fulfillment.  Living out these two words make the difference between life and failure.  In Luke, Jesus taught the importance of allowing God to be fruitful in your life, “I tell you that everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.”  God has given you life, but He does not want you to squander it; He wants to use you to represent and multiply His kingdom on earth!   One thing I have noticed is how Christians are often flatlined due to knowing so little about Christ from Scripture. This often results in experiencing little of Christ.  After Jesus’ resurrection, He joined up with two of His disciples on the way to Emmaus.  They were discouraged and did not recognize Jesus – the living Christ.  Their conversation with Jesus in Luke 24:30-32 caused them to invite him for dinner that evening: “When He was at the table with them, He took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight.  They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’”  These disciples were so blinded by the world and the dullness of their spiritual walk that they could not even recognize Jesus when He was with them.  It was not until they experienced the living Christ in the breaking of bread that their hearts were on fire for God.  Do not blithely live your life in Christ; live to experience Him with your heart on fire for Him!

 

   Thomas was blind and deaf to who Jesus was until Jesus showed His wounds from the crucifixion.  In John 20:25, Thomas refused to believe the resurrection of Jesus until he saw Jesus and touched Him: “So the other disciples told Thomas, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe it.’”  Thomas had followed Jesus, listened to Him, and been taught by Him; but his mind and spirit were dull to Him.  It is not enough to go through the motions of Christianity; we must fully engage and believe in God.  We must continually step out in faith, so that we see God’s work and revelation in our lives.  John 3:6 reveals this principle, “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”  If you continually engage and walk with Jesus in the flesh, you will remain there.  But if you continually seek, pursue, and believe God, while stepping out in faith, you will grow in knowledge and experience of Him.  To do otherwise means you are merely trying to give birth to flesh with flesh instead of the Spirit.   John 2:11 gives another example of the disciples following Jesus, but not believing.  They saw Jesus and learned from Him but did not believe until He performed a miracle: “This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee.  He thus revealed His glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him.”  We serve a mighty God who wants to do incredible things in our lives; but if His life in us is contingent on Him performing for us, we are trying to produce life through the flesh.  We must know God, which will challenge our beliefs.  We must believe in Jesus and His teachings.  We must fully trust Jesus so that He can be God in our lives.  When this happens, His Spirit gives life to your spirit

 

Colossians 1:9-12 “Asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience in this area:  “Satisfaction” and “Transformation – Part 3.”


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