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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Transformed"

Date published: 08/22/2016
 
Joshua 22:5 “But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul." (NIV) 

   This one verse provides an instructive outline for living a successful Christian life. This is not a formula, but a great guideline to help you stay on track to be all Christ desires of you. 1 Timothy 6:12a says to, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.” (NIV) This verse lists five components to your life in Christ:

·          Above everything “love God.” Your love of God will lead every action in your Christian life. Your love of God is the gateway for following Christ.

·          “Walking in God’s ways” leads to intimacy with Christ. Intimacy combines not just hearing and reading the Word, but also living it. Intimacy flows out of truth with action. It is like hydrogen and oxygen. You can have each, but that does not give you water unless you combine them. You can know the Word, but without doing it, you will not grow in intimacy with Christ.

·          “Obedience” flows out of your Lordship to Christ. Your intimacy with Christ produces Lordship. A transformed life reflects righteous living that comes from a heart that reflects the full character of Christ. Your actions move from being filtered according to the world’s ways and standards to a life that is guided by your love for God. It is this life that can be fully submitted to Christ.

·          You “hold fast to Him” by persevering in the faith. You are running a race with your eyes fixed on Jesus. You measure your life in Christ not according to the world’s measurements, but according to God’s desires for you.

·          “Serving” and ministering with all your heart and soul ties the previous four points together. Loving God results in loving others. Loving others always results in increasing measures of service and ministry.

    Living out these five principles opens the door to experiencing more of Christ as written in Ephesians 4:13b, “Become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (NIV) 

Philippians 3:8-10 “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ — the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.” (NIV) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Discipleship” and “Transformation – Part 1.” 

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