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Grow in Grace and Knowledge

October 15, 2017

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Grow in Grace and Knowledge

It’s fun  for our children  to meet new challenges  as they grow up.     They learn to crawl,  speak,  walk,  play ball,  ride bikes,  read,  write,  and on and on.     There are so many wonderful things  to learn.     The wonders of learning are never ending.

The apostle Peter wrote a letter  to all Christians,  teaching them the basics  of staying safe  in their faith  —  while facing really hard tests  in this world.     He ended his letter  by reminding Christians  that we are to never stop learning  about our Lord,  because there is so much  to learn  and love  and be strengthened by.     Therefore,  2 Peter 3:18 reads,

Grow  in the grace  and knowledge  of our Lord and Savior  Jesus Christ.     To Him be the glory,  both now  and to the day  of eternity.     Amen.

If our children would not grow  and learn,  we would be greatly saddened.     God,  also,  is deeply saddened  when His children (that’s us)  refuse to grow  and learn more  about His love  and salvation  in Jesus Christ.

The more we draw close  to God  in love,  the healthier we will be  spiritually.     Grace is God’s love  and favor  for us  —  when we don’t deserve His love  or favor.     When we grow  in God’s grace,  we are acknowledging  all the things  God has done  for us  and really appreciating them.     The more we see  and appreciate  God’s love,  the more we will see  and appreciate  of His love.

As we grow in grace,  God is enabled  to bless us some more  with a deeper understanding  of His love,  down through the ages.

God also wants us  to grow  in the knowledge  of our Lord and Savior  Jesus Christ.     The more we know  about how Jesus is the fulfillment  of Old Testament prophecies  —  how He is our King  —  our Good Shepherd  —  our Rock  —  our Fortress  —  our High Priest  —  our Prophet  —  our Teacher  —  our Redeemer  —  our Creator  —  our All-in-all  —  the more we will learn  to trust  and love Him  as we face our trials  in this world.

God wants  to see His children strong  and healthy  in the truth.     If our faith  is not strong and healthy,  we will cave in  to all sorts  of sin  —  and,  most likely,  die in our sins,  which is eternal death.

If there’s anything worth caring about,  it’s our eternal life.     We need to “get to growing”  through drawing close  to God  in the study  of His word,  in prayer,  praise,  and obedience.     Let us meet our challenges  for growing up  in our Lord  —  and have fun learning.

The more we grow,  the more we will enjoy our Lord  and Savior.     Then we will say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD truly is Lord and God  over all.     He helps us  all the way.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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