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GROWING IN CHRIST

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Date published: 08/08/2016
 
Acts 20:26 “Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men.” (NIV)  

   Paul’s statement is powerful. I would honestly have to declare to you today that I am not innocent of the blood of many, much less all men. Many go from my presence without hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ. I have had many opportunities where I verbally could have proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ. Sadly I have made poor representations of my character and life that have turned people away from Jesus. The breadth of being “innocent of the blood of all men” speaks to me in so many ways that it humbles me into the arms of Jesus. The unfathomable love of Jesus overwhelms any witness I have to offer, so that I must daily relinquish my life to Him.  

   Here are four things you can pray for each day as you live your life for the glory of God:

1)   You must be bold in proclaiming the gospel. Paul asks this in Ephesians 6:19-20, “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” (NIV)

2)   You must proclaim Christ regardless of the consequences. Prestige, friendships, and physical harm should not stop your proclamation of the Good News of Jesus. Acts 4:29 speaks of Paul enjoining God’s help in this, “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak Your word with great boldness.” (NIV)

3)   Live a life that points to Jesus - not the world. 2 Corinthians 2:15 challenges you to live a life that attracts others to Christ, “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” 

4)   Be flexible in all circumstances, so that God can use you for the promotion of the gospel to others. 1 Corinthians 9:22b tells you to do what is necessary for God to use you for the salvation of others, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” (NIV) 

1 Corinthians 9:19-22a, 23 “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.” (NIV) 

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

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