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From seedlings to trees

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His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us. — 2 Peter 1:3

How can we develop a faith strong enough to see us throughout our lives?

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The key is this: God wants us to be spiritually strong and has provided us with every resource we need.

We need God’s strength to face life’s challenges — and He wants to give it to us.

Tragically, many Christians never discover this. They have committed their lives to Christ… they may be active in their churches… they pray and read their Bibles on occasion — but they remain spiritually immature and weak in the face of life’s temptations and setbacks.

We may be old in years, but if our faith is immature, we will be fearful and unprepared. But it doesn’t need to be this way. Just as a baby needs food and exercise in order to grow, so we need the spiritual food and exercise God has provided for us. Without them our faith is weak, but with them spiritual strength increases, and we are better prepared for whatever life has in store for us.

What are you doing now that will make you spiritually mature when you’re older?

From Seedling to Tree

He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season. Psalm 1:3

It is no accident that the Bible compares us to trees, urging us to grow spiritual roots that are deep and strong. But a tree wasn’t always a tree. It began as a small seed. Spiritual life also begins with a seed — the seed of God’s Word planted in the soil of our souls that eventually sprouts and becomes a new seedling as we are born again. But though we’re saved, we aren’t meant to remain spiritual seedlings, weak and vulnerable to every temptation or doubt or falsehood or fear. God’s will is for us to grow strong in our faith and become mature, grounded in the truth of His Word and firmly committed to doing His will. 1 Peter 2:2

Giving your life to Christ is an essential first step — but it is only the first step. God’s will is for you to become spiritually mature, growing stronger in your relationship to Christ and your service for Him. Conversion is the work of an instant; spiritual maturity is the work of a lifetime.

Is your faith like a seedling, a sprout, or a mature tree?

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Mature Fruit

Be mature and complete, not lacking anything. — James 1:4

We cannot pretend to be something we are not; a Christ-like character cannot be faked. If Christ is not real to us or if we haven’t learned to walk with Him and submit our lives to Him every day, then our spiritual impact will be far less than it might have been. People are very sensitive to hypocrisy; if they sense it in us, they will dismiss our pretenses and pay no attention to our advice. On the other hand, if they can sense our faith is sincere and our love is authentic, then they will respect us and take us seriously (even when they know we are not perfect).

This is why it is important to begin building our lives on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ now, instead of waiting until it is too late and the problems of old age overwhelm us. Every gardener knows that mature fruit does not appear overnight. It takes time to grow — and so does the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Start tending your garden today, so you may be “mature and complete.”

In what place in your life do you most need spiritual growth?

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Trust In The Lord Forever

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Trust in the Lord for He is God. He is King. He is the great I Am. He is the Everlasting Father. He is my Fortress. He is my Strong Tower. He is my very Present Help in times of trouble. Choose to trust in God. Let God lead your heart as you read this powerful message.

 I choose to trust in my Saviour. He is Lord. He is my Rock. He is my Deliverer. “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah‬ ‭26:4‬‬‬

Trust. Trust. Trust.

Choose to lean on Christ. Choose to commit your life to Him. Choose to place your hope in Him. For there is none like Him. No one can outrank Him. No one can beat Him. No one can overthrow Him. He is Mighty. He is Strong. Choose to trust in the One who can lift you out of bondage. Choose to lift your eyes to the One who conquered death, hell and the grave.  

Choose to surrender to the One who breaks generational yokes. Choose to surrender to the One who can break bondages and cycles. Trust in the One who cannot be defeated. O death where is your sting? Sickness is defeated in Him. He is our Righteous Saviour. In Him we have the Victory. 

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With All Of Your Heart

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Surrender everything to Him. Surrender your fears to Him. Surrender you failures to Him. Surrender your shortcomings to Him. Surrender your pain to Him. Surrender your wounds to Him. Surrender every aspect of your life over to Him. Let Christ make you whole. Let Christ direct your path. 

sha`an – To trust, support, to support oneself

According to Strong’s Concordance, the Hebrew word for ‘lean’ is ‘sha`an’ (H8172) which means: “To trust in, support, to support oneself” Don’t depend upon your own way of thinking. Let God lead you. Let God lead your heart. Let God lead your hands. Let God direct your course. Choose to trust Him and let God light your path. 

Psalm‬ ‭27:1-2‬ declares, The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall”. The Lord is stronger than any obstacle that you may face. The Lord is stronger than your enemies. Choose to focus on Him. When darkness surrounds you, choose to let God lead your course. For He is stronger. God is mightier. No one can outrank Him. No one can outmaneuver Him. Surrender to Him and you shall not be moved. 

The Lord’s strength

The Lord is stronger than any obstacle that you may face. The Lord is stronger than your enemies. Choose to focus on Him. When darkness surrounds you, choose to let God lead your course. For He is stronger. God is mightier. No one can outrank Him. No one can outmaneuver Him. Surrender to Him and you shall not be moved. 

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Set The Lord Before You

I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

Choose to set the Lord before you. Let His Word take priority in every area of your life. Let His Word lead and direct you. Let His Word enlarge your steps. Let His Word strengthen you. Choose to always set His Word before you. Let His Word filter through your heart. Let His Word flow from your lips. Let His Word direct you. Let His Word shield you and navigate you through the storm. 

God sees and knows all

God saw the storm before it formed. Choose to surrender to the God who speaks to storms. Surrender to God. Psalm‬ ‭63:1‬, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Choose to seek God early in the situation. Choose to submit your flesh to Him — For in Him there is strength. “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs‬ ‭18:10 ‭‬‬. Run to Him. Run to Christ.

He is strong. He is powerful. Choose to set the Lord before you. He is a mighty strong tower and no storm can defeat Him. No matter the storm you face — He is more powerful than any mountain that you face. Choose to trust in the Lord — forever. 

If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, or if you have fallen away from Him, simply say this prayer:

Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus, I repent of my sin and I turn to You. Father, I receive Your Son, Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Savior. I believe that Jesus Christ died and rose just for me. I believe that His Blood washes me and cleanses me from all unrighteousness. Father, in You, I am set free. Father, through the Blood of your Son, Jesus Christ my past is history and my future is bright. Father, In You, I am made new. Father, in You, I am complete. Father, in You, I am made whole. Father, in You, I am restored. Father, I surrender every area of my life to You now and forever. In Jesus Name. Amen. 

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When Jacob died, Joseph’s brothers were fearful that he would finally take his revenge. But Joseph remained focused on God’s purposes and responded, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20). Joseph only got to see a small portion of how he fit into God’s bigger plan that we can see today. One day, Joseph will see just how many lives he contributed to saving. 

Pure Joy

James 1:2-3 tells us, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” When we are faithful through difficulties, we open the door for God to do amazing things through us. It’s important to trust that God can and will use our work to build character, strengthen us, and ultimately produce results we could never have achieved otherwise. 

When we remain focused on Christ, we can have confidence that God is using our work in bigger ways than we can imagine. We may even see glimpses of how God is using our work in the bigger picture, as Joseph did. One day, all of us will get to see the part our faithfulness played in God’s plan. 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

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Challenge yourself to allow God to refine you through difficult circumstances, and elevate the meaning of your work for His purpose and His glory.

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Father God, I know that you are always at work in and through my life. Help me to keep an eternal perspective on the work I do each day. Increase my faith. Give me wisdom in my work so that everything I do can be used for Your purposes. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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