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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Powerful Purpose"

Date published: 01/29/2018

2 Timothy 1:7 - “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (NIV) 

    Power in your Christian walk should be familiar in experience. God’s power expressed through you is the basis of a fruitful Christian life. Jesus taught multiple times on the importance of bearing fruit. Despite the importance Jesus placed on being fruitful, Christians predominantly live their Christian lives bearing little fruit. A Christian’s lack of fruitfulness is primarily reflected by God’s power being thwarted in their life.    

   Christians thwart God’s power in three ways: 1) They neglect cultivating a deepening and expanding relationship with Christ. Christ’s presence, peace, and hope, much less His power is having a deepening influence on Christians who are not intimately growing with Him. Do as Jeremiah 17:7-8 says by giving your whole life to God in devotion, trust, and pursuit: "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. (NIV) 2) Christians procrastinate in obeying God with excuses of being ill-prepared. In John 14:12a Jesus eliminates this excuse, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these.” (NIV) It is not you, but the Holy Spirit expressing God’s power through you. Place your faith in God, so His full power can be released through you.  3) Human tendency is to bypass God by leaving Him in the fumes of your efforts. Joseph demonstrated the right way when he had the opportunity to redeem himself with Pharaoh by showing “the man he was!” Joseph stepped aside and let God take center stage when he said in Genesis 41:16, "I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires." (NIV) When faced with the opportunity to let God be God, follow Jesus’ formula in Matthew 7:7, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (NIV)  

   Do not live your Christian life in impotency, but in God’s power. Go deep into Jesus, trust Him to act, and ask God to step up and be God! 

2 Thessalonians 1:11- “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.” (NIV) 

 

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