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(Colossians 2:6-7 NLT) And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
√ Growing with God is not a PROJECT, it is a PROCESS.
(1 Peter 2:2 NIV) Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, (NLT….. grow into a FULL EXPERIENCE OF SALVATION)
(Ephesians 4:13 NLT) This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
√ My salvation is PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE.
• I HAVE BEEN saved.
(Ephesians 2:8 NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– (IS THIS PAST OR PRESENT?)
•• I am STILL BEING saved.
(2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV) Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (IS THIS PAST OR PRESENT?)
••• I am GOING TO BE saved.
(1 Peter 1:3-5 NIV) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
√ Don’t ABANDON the process.
(1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV) No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
(1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV) Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
√ ALLOW the process to WORK.
(Ephesians 3:16-17, 19 NLT) I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. . . . May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
(1 John 5:4-5 MSG) Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith. The person who wins out over the world’s ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God