Grow In Holiness

Grow In Holiness

Leviticus 11:44“I am the Lord your God, consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am Holy.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – We cannot be holy in the absolute sense that God is. But we should make every effort to develop in holiness as we grow in Christ.

My Advice – You were saved by grace. That secured your salvation and made you a son of God. That is your position which cannot change. Now, be an imitator of God and of His holiness, as you grow in the faith. This is your character, which develops over time.

Make A Difference

Make A Difference

Leviticus 5:1If a person sins because he does not speak up when he hears a public charge to testify regarding something he has seen or learned about, he will be held responsible. (NIV 1978)

My Musing – We are responsible not only for our actions, but also our inaction. For the things we should do but do not do. We may not always be able to make a difference, but that is not the point. We certainly cannot make a difference if we do not try.

My Advice – Be involved. Make a difference when you can, and at least try even if it is unlikely that your efforts will make a difference. You are not responsible for making a difference, but you are for trying to make a difference.

Walking In Trust

Walking In Trust

Exodus 23:20 “See. I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – The way before us may seem dark and uncertain.  But if we are walking with Christ, we can be certain that we are nonetheless walking in the light and will come to the place He has prepared for us.

My Advice – Do not feel like you need to know all of the directions or even the destination.  Simply trust Him when He tells you to go and go in the direction that He sends you.

God Equips The Called

God Equips The Called

Exodus 4:10-12Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant, I am slow of speech and tongue.”  The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you to speak and will teach you what to say.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – It’s been said that God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.  If we felt we were up to the tasks that God calls us to do, perhaps we would be arrogant and too self-sufficient in carrying out the task.  And after the task was done, too proud in what we had accomplished.

My Advice – Do not be reluctant to follow the clear calling of God.  He will never call you to something that He is not prepared to equip you to carry out.  And once you have done it (even as you are doing it), give Him the credit and the praise.

Got Spiritual Milk?

Got Milk

 

Got Spiritual Milk?
Building Strong Bodies Twelve Ways – It Does the Body Good
Crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may [continue to] grow in [the Body]. (1 Peter 2:2)
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive. (2 Peter 1:8)

It’s Saturday, time to change things up a bit, and take a weekend break from a “Dad’s Devotions,” which will resume on Monday. “Got Spiritual Milk” is an illustrated Bible study that I wrote about twelve years ago. As you may have guessed, the title is a take-off on a popular advertising campaign from several years back that promoted milk sales. While approximately 96 percent of U.S. consumers believed that milk was healthy, and that they should drink more, sales had long been in decline. The campaign was an effort to reverse that decline.

From this, the idea for this Bible study on Discipleship was born. While most Christians believe that spiritual disciplines (Bible study, prayer, church attendance) are important for growth in the “Body,” in many cases these disciplines are in decline.

Over the next several Saturdays, I will cover twelve (an interesting number, don’t you think) vital steps to Spiritual growth from that study (condensed a bit and minus the illustrations). I wrote the study for those Christians who want to reverse that decline in their own walk of faith. We begin, naturally, with the introduction. Please feel free to click and comment so we can all help each other grow in Christ.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from The Holy Bible,
New International Version (NIV). Copyright 1973, 1978 and 1984,
International Bible Society.

Introduction – Growing In The Body
To this you were called…that you should follow in His steps. (1 Peter 2:21)

A: Discovering the Truth – Daddy, Where Do Disciples Come From?

Discipleship 1

To grow physically and learn the things in life that they need to know in order to get along, children initially rely upon others. At first Continue reading “Got Spiritual Milk?”