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Growing Radiant

July 20, 2020|

Growing Radiant: 

 Spiritual growth is a slow burn. It’s not about speed or about perfection, it’s about taking faithful steps towards Jesus day by day.  

 Press Forward in Christ:

 Philippians 3:12-16 “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

Eugene Peterson  “There is a great market for religious experience in our world; there is little enthusiasm for the patient acquisition of virtue, little inclination to sign up for a long apprenticeship in what earlier generations of Christians called holiness. Religion in our time has been captured by the tourist mindset. Religion is understood as a visit to an attractive site to be made when we have adequate leisure.” (From the book: A Long Obedience in the Same direction)

2.Focus Daily on Christ:

 

Philippians 3:17-19“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.”

Things to focus on daily:

  • Intimacy with God through prayer.
  • Finding our value and worth in Christ not in ourselves.
  • Learning how to stand on the promises of God’s Word
  • Having authentic relationships with other believers.
  • Getting out of the stands and onto the field of using your God given spiritual gifts.

 

 Things to forsake daily: 

  • Rebelling against Christ’s authority.
  • Allowing addiction to become your idol
  • Sowing seeds of sin
  • Idolizing material
  • Living like God doesn’t exist.

 

Ephesians 1:16-19“16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.

3.Wait Expectantly for Christ:

 

Philippians 3:20-21“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

1 Corinthians 15:24-26“Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”

 

Pastor’s Challenge:

If you are a follower of Christ are you on a clear trajectory of growing more and more radiant in Christ?

Have you ever genuinely experienced the saving power of Christ?