GROWING IN CHRIST/NEW LIFE
HOLINESS IS THE KEY TO A LIFE THAT WILL ALLOW US TO GROW IN CHRIST.
YOU WANT MORE OF GOD – BE HOLY
YOU WANT TO LIVE A LIFE OF FREEDOM FROM SIN – BE HOLY
YOU WANT TO SEE GOD – BE HOLY
YOU WANT TO HAVE NEW WINE, NEW POWER – BE HOLY
GOD SAYS BE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY.
God all made us for His Glory, we are His creation and He has made us with intricate intent. We may think at times and question God concerning the situation we are in. You may feel like you are at a dead end but God sometimes has to bring us to the end of ourselves for us to acknowledge the only One who can get us out of the mess that we have made ourselves to be in at times. We were wired and designed to grow in Christ. But this World is constantly trying to persuade us to give, to grow not in God but in our passions, our own desires that are not of God.
Galatians 5:24 ” Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires”
So what does it take to “Grow in Christ” Paul says it in Galatians 5:24 “Crucify the flesh” The only way that we can grow in Christ is when we are dead! Not physically speaking but to put off the flesh,
Ephesians 4:22-24 says it better…
22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
To “put off our old self” meaning to not live that life anymore.
To throw it out!
God is saying be Holy!
To be set apart from sin and evil.
The Road to Growth is Holiness
We have to make intentional choices in order to grow. There is no growth without change, there is no change without loss without pain. If we are going to grow, you will have to change, and change means you let go of some old things and grab hold of some new things.
“Put off your old self”
24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:24
LET IT GO
> Old habits
Throw them off and trust that God is working in you because without holiness we are unable to see God. We are made holy through the finished work of Christ!
Holiness has to be continuously followed, put on and lived out in our daily lives. It is a work of God in us through the Holy Spirit that enables us to demonstrate holiness outwardly.