Growing in God’s stuff
THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN LIFE IS DOING THE WORD
1. GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE
2Pet. 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Luke 2:40 say’s Jesus grew in wisdom and grace.
2Pet. 1:2 grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our lord
Acts 20:32 “and now i commend you to god and to the Word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Psa. 84:11 for the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
TIMOTHY WAS INSTRUCTED BY PAUL, “BE STRONG IN THE GRACE”
2Tim. 2:1 you therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
FAITH ACCESSES THE GRACE
Rom. 5:2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
2Cor. 8:9 for you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich.
2Cor. 9:8 and God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed
2 Cor 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
HUMILITY WILL ACCESS THE GRACE
James 4:6 but he gives a greater grace. therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Approach the throne of grace
Heb. 4:16 let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.
HIS GRACE IS ALL SUFFICIENT
2 Cor. 12:9 and he has said to me, “my grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
2. Grow (delight) yourself in the Lord
Psa. 37:4 delight yourself in the Lord; and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Delight means to stay pliable
Psa. 1:2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law he meditates day and night.
Psa. 112:1 praise the Lord! how blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments. 2 his descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
Psa. 119:16 I shall delight in thy statutes; I shall not forget thy word.
24 thy testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors.
35 make me walk in the path of thy commandments, for i delight in it.
47 and I shall delight in thy commandments, which I love.
70 their heart is covered with fat, but I delight in thy law.
77 may thy compassion come to me that I may live, for thy law is my delight.
92 if thy law had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction.
143 trouble and anguish have come upon me; yet thy commandments are my delight.
174 I long for thy salvation, o Lord, and thy law is my delight.
Is. 58:13 “if because of the sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on my holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the lord honorable, and shall honor it, desisting from your own ways, from seeking your own pleasure, and speaking your own word, 14 then you will take delight in the lord, and I will make you ride on the heights (high places) of the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
When you are excited about God he will cause you to live above the system of this world.
3. Grow in power, love and a sound mind
2Tim. 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind
Remove fear with the thoughts of God
Paul’s prayer… notice these 3 – power, love, sound mind
Eph. 3:16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his spirit in the inner man; 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 and to know the love of christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of god. 20 now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,