STRIVE TO BE GOOD SERVANTS.
The Lord keeps record of what we do and say one day we will give account of our actions.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians that he could not speak to them about deep things.
Q: How would you like it if the pastor said I have to keep it simple because you guys are a bunch of babies in the Lord? We need to grow in the Lord because if we don't, then we are stagnant.
“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?”
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 KJV
A carnal state prevents growth.
Things we need to grow I grace:
1- A Prayer life
2- A Spiritual life
3- A witness.
For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
1 Corinthians 3:4-9 KJV
You will get out of a church service, what you put into it.
How you respond to the worship and word will determine what you get.
Where is your heart and mind when sitting in church?
Are you thinking about lunch? Try eating before church so your stomach aint growling.
Speaking of food… Being part of a church is like being at a restaurant.
One person seats you, one takes your order, another cooks it, someone else cleans up. They all work together so you can enjoy a meal. Church is like that. When we all work together the people are getting what they need to carry on.
Edward Mote wrote a song. 'On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand' this came from 1 Corinthians 3:11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
9 THINGS TO BRING SPIRITUAL GROWTH.
1- BUILDING A GOOD FOUNDATION BRINGS GROWTH.
When we listen to the preaching and apply it to our life, we make a good foundation.
“Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 KJV
The word is dying and the Word can save them.
2- SPIRITUAL FUEL IS NEEDED FOR GROWTH.
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
We need to have a good filling of God's Spirit.
Paul said no matter how you got saved; remember Jesus is your savior.
When you are filled with the spirit, it will show through your life, in what you say and do.
If it's in your heart it will come out your mouth.
3- LITTLE THINGS MATTER IN GROWTH.
“Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”
Song of Solomon 2:15 KJV
Don't let the little things make you stumble.
4- WORKING AND CARING BRINGS GROWTH.
“Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.” 1 Corinthians 4:11-14
5- SHOWING RESPECT TO THOSE THAT ARE ELDERS BRINGS GROWTH.
“For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.” 1 Corinthians 4:15-16 KJV
6- REMEMBERING WHO GOD IS BRINGS GROWTH.
“Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it. Then Job answered the Lord, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further. Then answered the Lord unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?”
7- LIVING EVERY DAY SUBJECT TO GOD BRINGS GROWTH.
“And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.”
Mark 1:7-9 KJV
8- FOLLOWING THE BIBLE BRINGS GROWTH.
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” 1 Peter 3:8-12
9- LIVING FOR JESUS WILL ALWAYS BRING GROWTH.
Strive to be good servants.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
Luke 24:32 KJV
Let Jesus in to your heart, and give your life to him.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Romans 10:17 KJV
It takes faith to find forgiveness.
It takes faith to get through tuff times.
We can never operate in faith without having total faith in God and his word.
God reveals himself through the word.
It takes a personal revelation of who he is and what he did to have faith.
There are those who know God in the head, but not in the heart.
What is God like?
To find out go to the word.
The word of God reveals that there is a God.
He is not on the cross.
He is not in the tomb.
He is standing at the right hand of the Father.
Develop our faith in God.
1- IN ORDER TO HAVE FAITH IN THE WORD OF GOD,
YOU NEED TO HAVE FAITH IN THE AUTHOR.
He is the God who spoke all things into existence.
What is more crazy, believing you came from a pool of goo, or that God created man?
WE NEED TO:
Speak the word.
Live the word.
Feed on the word.
When God spoke things came into being.
The power of the Holy Spirit has been planted in us.
We are children of God and we should be able to speak in the name of Jesus.
I have faith in the word of God because He has proven himself to be faithful.
Even if you have failed God, he will pick you up and put you on higher ground.
Goes is faithful. He was faithful to the saints of old, and he will be to you.
Look at Abraham, David, and Daniel, those things he did in the Old Testament were done by the same God that we serve. God never ever changes.
Can we be "just a little bit" like God?
Or are we lying, cheating, and failing time and time again?
God's integrity is on the line in the promise he gives to his people.
“Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.”
Jeremiah 1:12 KJV
We have to be careful with every word that comes out of our mouth.
On average 20 people a day are watching you, don't be a stumbling block.
Our names are written in the Lambs book of life, should we not win souls?
Let our light shine everywhere we go.
2- IN ORDER TO HAVE FAITH YOU MUST BE FEEDING ON THE WORD ON A REGULAR BASIS.
You need to feed yourself and not just rely on the pastor to feed you.
Ignorance of God's word breads a spirit of skepticism and doubt.
Q: How much time do you read the Bible vs reading the news?
We must have a menu of the Word of God.
If you only get it on Sunday morning you will be in trouble.
There are too many Christians listening to TV evangelists are saying.
Too many stay home and listen to a TV preacher at home.
That is not fellowshipping or gathering together.
We need to assemble ourselves together.
Take care of your own local church before you give to guy on TV.
If your home church is suffering financially, take care of it first.
Who will preach your family's funerals?
Who will do marriages for your children?
Who will come to visit you in the hospital?
Learn to feed on the Word yourself. Time to grow up.
3- TOTAL FAITH IN THE WORD OF GOD CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
We will confess what God says instead of what man says.
The Word teaches you how to live in this life.
Are you the same as you were before Jesus came into your life?
If that's the case the devil has led you astray.
If you are not growing it is because you are not right.
Do you believe the promises that are found in the Word?
All I ask is to be like Jesus.
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