In verse 20, the Apostle Paul tells the Corinthian church that all the promises of God find their “yes” in Christ. That is a powerful and far-reaching statement. There is great comfort in knowing that Christ speaks the “Amen” to us in all of God’s promises.
Many of us who follow Christ never really get past infancy in our faith. We get excited about joining a church, becoming a Christian or renewing our faith, but we don’t take steps to keep that faith alive and growing.
Would you like to know the secret to spiritual growth? Do you want to know how to find the peace and joy that so many are looking for? Here it is. Jesus said, “Remain in me, and I also remain in you.”
New beginnings give us a sense of hope and joy. Spring sunshine and wildflowers force us to notice the beauty of earth. Newly married couples radiate happiness on their wedding day, inspiring all to love. Moving to a new place to live offers the promise of possibility.
What are the two hardest words to say in the English Language? “I’m sorry.” Why, oh why is it so stinking hard for us to admit our faults? And even when we think in our heads that we might have been in the wrong, we still can’t seem to admit that to anyone.
I trust God, most of the time. Oh, I know I should trust God all the time. I know God is trustworthy. I know that faith is all about trust in something bigger than me.
Many of us struggle with worry. We think about what might happen, what could happen, and what we hope will happen. That has its own set of problems that we will discuss tomorrow.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that God wants us to “throw off everything that hinders.” I remember my days as a competitive runner. If I forgot to take off my jewelry, or wore the wrong socks, or my hair wasn’t off my neck, I had a hard time focusing on the goal of winning.
Paul had been warned by the prophet Agabus that if he went to Jerusalem, he would be handed over to the Gentiles. Paul’s friends begged him not to go, but he would not be deterred, “I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
I once had a man ask me about joining a bible study. He said he wanted to find a place where he could grow in his faith and develop friendships with other people. So we talked about the various groups and studies he could join.
Have you ever noticed that a tree doesn’t cry over fruit that goes unpicked or blooms that wither? No, a tree simply sheds that fruit and drops those blooms. And the next spring, that tree will produce blooms and fruit all over again.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t always feel like being social. I am an introvert at heart and sometimes, being around people is just too much. But I do it anyway. Because it is part of my job. Because it is the right thing to do.
Fear is often what keeps us from taking the next step in life. We may not be conscious of the fear, it may show up as procrastination, doubt, or distraction. But fear is often the root of our delay in progress or prolonged stagnation.
Health is the key to growth. All living things grow if they are healthy. Plants become healthy with good seed, healthy soil, and the right amount of sun and water. God put a system in place where life flourishes in health.
The church is alive, or it should be. It is not a building, but a people. The church should move and grow. And just like anything with life, it can be sick or healthy, wise or foolish, growing or dying.