Sunday, August 12, 2012

Growing in Faith

Ephesians 1:3 (NKJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Colossians 2:9-10 (NKJV)
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
1 Corinthians 2:16 (NKJV)
... But we have the mind of Christ.

You are the temple of the Holy Spirit of God. The church, the body of believers is the temple of the Holy Spirit but in addition to that, YOU individually are the temple of the Holy Spirit. 

1 Corinthians 6:19 (NKJV)
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

So if GOD Himself lives in you, you need have no lack. Only believe. 

So if you need to know anything, just ask and the ONE who lives in you will show you.
It seems so easy. He can do anything. He is almighty and all knowing and He lives in you. He can give you all things and He desires to give you all things. 
But remember the God who lives in you also has a mind of His own. You also have a human mind of your own. Even Jesus, though He was God, was also a human being with a human mind and His human mind was limited, otherwise it would not have been human.

Luke 2:52 (KJV)
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. 

The word FAVOUR is the Greek word CHARIS which is often understood to mean “undeserved favour.” But Jesus was the perfect Son of God. We often overemphasise the idea of undeserved favour. 
As Jesus grew physically, his mental capacity also increased and he learned knowledge and skills as we do. 
As his human capacity increased, His Heavenly Father also increased the level of DIVINE EMPOWERMENT and SUPERNATURAL WISDOM in His Son.
If we want to understand how we can be endowed with everything God has and is and yet need to grow in faith and spiritual gifting, we need to carefully consider our example, Jesus of Nazareth. He is our model.


So Paul urges believers to humbly acknowledge their present limitations but to press forward in faith to grow into the perfect image of Christ.

1 Corinthians 13:9-10 (ESV)
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
Philippians 3:12 (ESV)
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.  

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