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How to grow in Christ
Written Jan 1 2017
"Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you." Proverbs 1:23 KJV
"Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. "
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, "He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS";
and again, "THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS." 1 Corinthians 3:18-20 NASB
"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
Matthew 6:22-24 KJV
The apostle Paul spoke in his epistles that which the Lord revealed to him by walking after the Spirit. God purified Paul of impurities and Paul conveyed what he learned through letters to the congregations.
God showed Paul that he couldn't serve Him unless Paul obeyed every bit of instruction.
By revelation from God, Paul said,
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.
25 Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither.
26 Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary.
27 But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit]. 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27
See what God told Paul? That he is a phony hypocrite if he doesn't DO what God says. Namely this,
"And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul," Deuteronomy 10:12
And the only way to fulfill this commandment is to have Christ live in your heart. To become born again through the baptism in the Holy Spirit. And that is eternal life.
And if we do not do this, we will end up in the same exact hell as the devil.
Paul said it of himself in 1st Corinthians. And he shared that revelation with the church and it is the Word of God for our instruction.
"Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),
So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 Amplified Version
Turn at God's reproof, behold He will pour out His Spirit unto you. He will make known His Words unto you.
Turn at His reproof in His Word and keep turning. And this is how a man will grow into the fullness of the stature of the measure in Christ.
[That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him. Ephesians 4:13 Amplified Version
May God the Father open your understanding to the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Cor 11:3
One commandment. All the heart (to God's Word). The very thing Adam and Eve sinned against. We must strive to not fall away from this simple truth. May the fear of God fall upon you all that you may enter into the very beginning of wisdom.
There is "One Lord, one faith, one baptism," Ephesians 4:5
There are no loopholes, no cults, no sects. Only One God and One Holy Spirit and One baptism. And One Word of God. And One interpretation. And ONE sound teaching.
Let your eye by single.
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."
This is salvation through the mercy of God, by faith in His Messiah, and the gift and power of His Holy Spirit within.
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Peter 1:23
And we live for ever ..if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body,... Romans 8:13
Yours in Christ, Thomas Richards
if you have never repented of your sins and been saved and feel the desire to do so now please say this prayer. This is how I was powerfully saved 20 years ago!
"My Lord and my God, Have mercy on my soul, a sinner, I believe Jesus the Messiah died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and Jesus is now on the right hand of God and can hear my prayer at this moment and wants to live through me and give me power to keep His Word. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart Lord Jesus. Please be my Lord and Savior in every aspect of my life. Thank you God for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen"