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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Let the Light Shine in"

Date published: 07/08/2017
Psalm 119:130 “The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” (NIV) 

   Imagine living in a 40,000 square foot mansion with no electricity, no light fixtures, and the windows shuttered. Darkness throughout the mansion would prevent life from occurring. You bought the mansion for a spectacular price. You now own it, but it is virtually unusable. You are the proud owner of an incredible opportunity that is producing no life. In a small way, this analogy parallels a believer’s life in Christ. At salvation Christ is the proud parent of a new child that lives in a dingy, old body with varying degrees of light shining through. As the first step of the owner of this magnificent building would be to bring light, so Christ in you wants to bring light into you. Here are three things that can help illuminate your life in Christ: 

   Ephesians 5:13-14a explains the first two illuminations: “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible." (NIV) First, Jesus is the light. As you come into the light by spending time with Jesus, you let more light in by developing a healthy diet of time with Him. Begin your day with Jesus in quiet time through Bible reading and prayer. Pray and meditate throughout the day. Make Jesus integral to every part of your day. The second thing you can do is develop a healthy intake of the Word of God. Beyond the Bible reading in your quiet time, learn to take in more of the Scriptures through Scripture memory, Bible study, and Scriptural development of themes God is building into your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to cultivate in you a hunger and passion for God’s Word.  The unfolding of God’s Word will allow in more of Christ.

   The third thing you can do to illuminate Christ is to exercise your faith in Jesus and His Word. John 7:38 shows how faith releases God’s life in you, “Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." (NIV) Combining faith and obedience with the Word of God begins to paint a picture of Him that will illuminate your life in Christ as your understanding of Him and His kingdom grows. Your application of these truths will lead to streams of living water flowing from you.  

   It is fine to go to church and read the Bible, but are you allowing God’s truths to not just entertain you, but to also capture your heart through the applications of His truth? The combination of His Word, understanding of His truth, faith in Him, and obedience to Him produces in you the power of Christ’s life. The duration of your walk with Christ is not what produces streams of living water, but a flourishing hunger for more truth as you obediently apply it through the work of the Holy Spirit.    

John 6:63 “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.  The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” (NIV)

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “God’s Purpose For You and “Transformation – Part 3.”