Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Keep Growing in Christlikeness

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

The Bible often portrays the believers’ life as a walk. We are called to “walk in the Spirit,” “walk in God’s ways,” “walk in love,” “walk in truth,” “walk in like manner [of Christ],” et al. The idea of walking suggests that we should never become stagnant, we should continually be growing in Christlikeness. That is the biblical idea of the ongoing process of sanctification [see 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8].  

But what do you do when you are going backwards instead of forward? That happens in the life of Christ followers at times. Obviously, we need to change direction, but how? Here are a few suggestions to correct your course:
  • Remind yourself that God keeps his promises. Be confident in that. There are amazing things God promises His people, including wisdom when we ask for it, His abiding presence, His peace, which passes understanding, and much more.
  • Anticipate the Lord’s response. What I mean by that is, joyfully expect that your faith in Him will lead to a change in the right direction. 
  • Spend time with God in the Word and prayer. In other words, be aware of His involvement in your life. Be sensitive to what the Lord is doing in you.
  • Pray with bold confidence. You are His child. I’m not saying to pray in prideful confidence, but rather an overflow of your assurance in Him.
  • Obey the leading of the Spirit. This is the true test of your belief and assurance in God. James said that our faith without action is dead [2:17].
Are you becoming more like Christ? If not, what is holding you back? He will make all things beautiful in His time [Ecclesiastes 3:11]. Therefore, don’t resist, but cooperate with His gracious work in you!

And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you except to fear the LORD your God by walking in all His ways, to love Him, and to worship the LORD your God with all your heart and all your soul? Keep the LORD’s commands and statutes I am giving you today, for your own good. Deuteronomy 10:12-13

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