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Growing Is A Must
Posted on 14 Oct 2018
, Pastor: Tolu Makinde
Title: Growing Is A Must
Text: Luke 2:40
And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
The child Jesus grew, became strong in the spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him.
It is against the law of nature for a baby to not grow
If a baby refuses to grow, the parent will take such child to the doctors to figure out what is wrong
Lack of growth in the physical is unacceptable
In Christianity, a believer must equally grow in the spirit
It is against the law of the spirit for a believer to not grow
If a believer refuses to grow, we should take that individual to Doctor Jesus in prayer
Lack of growth in the spirit is unacceptable
Unfortunately, we are accustomed to believers not growing and it has become the norm for churches to be filled with babies.
Lack of growth
When a believer refuses to grow for a prolonged period:
Such believer will be a source of headache to other believers.
Acts 8 – Simon the sorcerer wanted to buy the gift of the Spirit with money
Such believer cannot stand on their own
Such believer will have worldly traits in their system, one foot in the church, one foot in the world
Such believer can be carried away by false doctrines and teachings
It will be easy for such a believer to backslide
So, it is dangerous for a believer to not grow
If you have been in the faith for at least 3 years
You have never read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, you are still a baby
You are not praying daily for at least 30 mins, you are still a baby
You do not have the Holy Spirit with you, you are still a baby
Something is wrong.
Growth Stages of a Believer
Baby Christian – you just gave your life to Jesus Christ
Your desire for the Word of God will grow – 1 Pet. 2:2
[1Pe 2:2] as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
Babies need milk to grow, therefore your milk is the Word of God, and you must desire it.
Babies grow teeth to move from drinking milk to eating solid food – Heb. 5:13-14
[Heb 5:13] For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
[Heb 5:14] But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
There comes a time when milk is no longer sufficient, solid food is needed
That is when you start dealing with deep things in the Word
When you see a 5 year old child still sucking the breast of the mother, it is not normal
When you see a 5 year old believer still desiring milk (basic knowledge of the Word), it is not normal.
As a believer, growing is must.
You are responsible for your growth
It is the duty of your church, your pastor, your ministers, to help you to grow, but they cannot force you to grow
There are 168 hours in a week
We barely spend 2 hours per week at church, even that 2 hours is too long for some to give to God
2 hours out of 168 is 1.2% of our time in a week.
How can a person spend 1% of their time in a week and expect a significant growth
What you do with your time outside of church will determine whether you grow or not
Areas of Growth
[Luk 2:40] And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
You must grow in faith
[Rom 10:17] So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The Word of God grows your faith and your faith helps you to please God
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus
You must hunger for the Word
Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
At the minimum, you must grow to become a disciple – a disciplined follower of Jesus Christ
You must grow in Spirit
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
Your walk with God must go deeper and wider
You must thirst for the Holy Spirit
You must have daily conversation with God in the place of prayer
You must grow in grace
When you grow in faith and in spirit, you will grow in grace
As a believer, growing is a must. You must grow.
You must grow in faith
You must grow in spirit
You must grow in grace
What are you going to do with what you just heard?
You can choose to do nothing and remain where you are
You can choose to do something and you will go to your next level with the Lord.
Check your BP daily. No, not your blood pressure. Your spiritual pressure.
Determine to read your Bible daily – no matter what.
Determine to pray daily
Fellowship with other believers.
There are weekly Bible study sessions and prayer sessions.
They are there to help you grow.
Growing is not automatic, you must make up your mind and be determined to grow
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