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06: Growing in Christ – Hit the Mark — 3 Comments

  1. I enjoy reading everything about Christ, God and the Holy Spirit and what I must do to be saved and carry the message to others that are seeking to know Jesus better. There is more to being saved than joining church and having my name on the church role. I am learning so much. I know there are other women like myself that are wondering how to break free from the control of the world. There is so much more than stopping fornication and drinking, and using drugs that I was not told about in the worlds churches. Revelation seminars was unheard of in the church I was in as a child.

    Amen!(3)
  2. The sentence, "Sanctification is the work of a lifetime", I've heard too many times out of context, as if it meant we will take a lifetime to overcome our sins. Please consider the context in the following, particularly the sentence preceding “sanctification”, having to do with perfection:
    The germination of the seed represents the beginning of spiritual life, and the development of the plant is a beautiful figure of Christian growth. As in nature, so in grace; there can be no life without growth. The plant must either grow or die. As its growth is silent and imperceptible, but continuous, so is the development of the Christian life. At every stage of development our life may be perfect; yet if God's purpose for us is fulfilled, there will be continual advancement. Sanctification is the work of a lifetime. As our opportunities multiply, our experience will enlarge, and our knowledge increase. We shall become strong to bear responsibility, and our maturity will be in proportion to our privileges. (Christ’s Object Lessons, page 65)

    In another place, this sentence is placed in opposition to rejecting or neglecting truth:
    The work of sanctification is the work of a lifetime; it must go on continually; but this work cannot go on in the heart while the light on any part of the truth is rejected or neglected. The sanctified soul will not be content to remain in ignorance, but will desire to walk in the light and to seek for greater light. As a miner digs for gold and silver, so the follower of Christ will seek for truth as for hidden treasures, and will press from light to a greater light, ever increasing in knowledge. He will continually grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. Self must be overcome. Every defect of character must be discerned in God's great mirror. We may discover whether or not we are condemned by God's standard of character. (Selected Messages, Vol. 1, page 317)

    Let us not make excuses for sin, or, in putting off the victory available through the grace of God, we may be found wanting at the close of our probation.

    Amen!(4)
  3. The authority of Jesus; It appears to me that this kind of authority goes away and today is extremely rare due to how authority becomes meaningless unless one knows a love that is unaltered by their opinion of what love actually is.
    Today the very meaning of love has been the central attack of the evil one to undermine authority and remove the core of who God is to the very point that very idea of authority is almost as repulsive as the very idea of a God. One does not have to go any further than todays headlines to view how little authority there is due to how little real love balance remains.
    Todays love has an emasculated undercurrent to it that is only relative to what we feel and has very little to do with a love that has a balance with Jesus' masculine authority - in fact I would guess that this post itself will be lucky to survive the PC undercurrent that is now pervasive in todays misconstrued Churchianity.

    Amen!(1)

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