Friday, March 22, 2013

Preparing for Easter ~ Mark of Spiritual Growth


[God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of JesusHebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]

I have written to you who are young because you are strong with God’s word living in your hearts, and you have won your battle with Satan. 1 John 2:14c NLT

When you read verses 12-14 in 1 John 2, John is writing to all ages of those who have put their faith in Christ. Each of us finds ourselves at different marks along this journey with Christ, but John gives us a place to grow ~ with God’s word living in your hearts. For a deeper relationship with Christ, we must spend time reading and contemplating and praying the Scriptures. God reveals himself through the word, speaks to our hearts, and directs our paths. Satan does not want us to have a relationship with Christ and attacks our efforts. His hope is that our faith will remain shallow, if it remains at all.

There are no shortcuts to study. It does require discipline to make time to be in God’s word. Perhaps even harder, it requires a desire to grow more like Christ and live the lessons we learn. Stay in The Word! 
  • Read 1 John 2:12-14; note all the age groups mentioned.
  •  Where are you on your journey with Christ? How will you grow to the next level?

God, we follow a risen Savior and desire to become more like Christ. As Your children, we have a lot to learn. Open the Scriptures to my heart and mind. Help me keep Your word living in my heart! - dho

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