The Source of Your Growth in The Lord

DATE POSTED Saturday, 2023-01-14
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Colossians 2:7-10
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done. Don’t let others spoil your faith and joy with their philosophies, their wrong and shallow answers built on men’s thoughts and ideas, instead of on what Christ has said. For in Christ there is all of God in a human body; 10 so you have everything when you have Christ, and you are filled with God through your union with Christ. He is the highest Ruler, with authority over every other power.

APPLICATION: I believe that many in the medical profession probably wish on many occasions that the internet never existed for their patients. For many of us tend to see what ‘Professor Google’ has to say about every little ache or pain that comes upon us. Therefore, when we visit our doctors, it’s just the matter of us telling them exactly what’s wrong, and how to best solve the problem for us! Funny, but wouldn’t it be awesome if Christians read their Bibles as frequently as they consulted with Google? You see, others will help to confirm our understanding of the Bible, and/or clear up any misunderstanding, but I believe that we must be a people of the Word of God. In my working career, I was frequently at seminars, training sessions and persistently studying written copies of government regulations to ensure that I obeyed their instructions as they related to my job. If I didn’t stay current, then government regulators would soon enough correct me by writing me up, and possibly fining my employer. Also, if I didn’t stay current, I would never detect if employee practices and false interpretation of the regulations would ever be caught. And so it is with Christians today. If we don’t stay in the Word of God on a regular basis, how would you affirm what your pastor says in his sermon? I know, you have the best pastor, and he would never intentionally mislead you with a falsehood. But, I had a pastor who was challenged by one of his congregants at the door as they filed by him giving their praises for his sermon just delivered. The challenger questioned something he said, as it differed from their understanding from the Word. Upon investigation, the pastor realized that the congregant was correct, so he re-preached the same sermon in order to correctly convey the truth to his church. Friends, let’s be reminded that teachers, preachers, elders, deacons, and other church leaders, are mere humans, just like us. While most will not intentionally misguide us, we are all subject to the same warning given by Paul in our Scripture today. At times, pastors and teachers may be over our heads in their highly educated teachings, or they may be so filled with news reports, and so opinionated about various earthly things, that they may not always be on target with what says the Word of God. Perhaps if church leaders left politics up to the politicians, and gave Christians a steady course of Biblical teaching, we might be better informed on the commands of Jesus Christ, and more apt to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He leads us to all truth, even in our voting and our expectations of elected officials. The bottom line my friends, is that our spiritual growth will come from the Word of God. He inspired great men of God to include His commands, His teachings and His practices, so we could have a guide for practical Christian living here on earth. As we follow Christ, and live according to His teachings, not only will we grow in our faith, but the lost will see evidence of the living Christ who died for their sins and who desires to see them in heaven someday.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Christians are filled with Christ, just as Christ is filled with all the glory and wonder of God! My heart can only sing of His wonders and His grace, glory to God in the highest!

PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank You for this reminder today about Your expectation of Your children to be filled with You and Your glory! Please continue to impress upon us the need for daily growth in our understanding of, and appreciation for, Your amazing grace that transcends all earthly understanding. May we be so filled with the Holy Spirit, and of the written Word, that we will not only discern false teachings, but that we would always stand against that which takes away from the majesty and glory of our Almighty God, and instead stand firm with solid Biblical teaching. To be more filled with You and Your Word, is to be less filled with the evil sway of this world and its false doctrines. Oh, that Jesus might be seen in every fiber of our beings, so that the lost will recognize Jesus in us and seek salvation, and the saved might be encouraged and learn more of You for their ongoing edification and ministry. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

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