Grow Up in the LORD

It is not God’s will for people to get saved and then wait to die and go to heaven.  His
will is for us to grow into Christ likeness (Romans 8:29) “for whom He did foreknow, He
also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the
firstborn among many brethren”.  Paul told the Galatians “my little children, of whom I
travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Galatians 4:19).  Christ searched
the scriptures and found Himself in them, He found His purpose and then fulfilled it.  
We have to study the scriptures and learn of what it speaks concerning us.  Jeremiah
29:11 says “for I know the thoughts that I thank toward you, says the Lord Yahweh,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”.  God has a plan for
every one.

God made a way for us to grow up (Ephesians 4:11-15) “and He gave some apostles,
some prophets, and some evangelists and some pastors and teachers.  For the
perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of
Christ.  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of
God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. That we
hereafter be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of
doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to
devour.  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the
head, even Christ”.

There is a disadvantage in not growing up (Galatians 3:29-4:3) “and if you be Christ’s,
then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.  Now I say, that the
heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all.  
But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.  Even so we,
when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world”.  

What ever you feed will grow, people feed their bodies three meals a day and their
spirit man once a week, and think that’s o.k.  But Jesus said “O generation of vipers,
how can you, being evil, speak good things?  For out of the abundance of the heart
the mouth speaks.  A good man out of the good treasures of the heart brings forth
good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things’ (Matthew
12:34-35).  Proverbs 4:23 tells us “keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are
the issues of life”.  Our heart is our inner man.

Jeremiah told God, he was only a child, but God told him to speak what He put in his
mouth (Jeremiah 1:5-9) “before I formed you in the belly, I kew you, and before you
came forth out of the womb, I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet to the
nations.  Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a child.  But the
Lord Yahweh said to me, say not, I am a child, for you shall go to all that I shall send
you, and whatsoever I command you, you shall speak.  Be not afraid of their faces, for
I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord Yahweh.  Then the Lord Yahweh put forth
His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord Yahweh said to me, behold, I have put
My words in your mouth”.  In Psalms 68:11 says “the Lord gave the word, great was
the company of those that published it”, proclaimed it.  We are to speak the word of
God over circumstances and see them change.  Jesus only spoke what He heard His
Father speak (John 12:50) “and I know that His commandments is life everlasting,
whatsoever I speak, therefore, even as the Father said to Me, so I speak”.  We are told
to be followers of God as dear children (Ephesians 5:1).

How do we grow?  Psalms 119:9-11 says “wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his
way?  By taking heed thereto according to Your word.  With my whole heart have I
sought You.  O let me not wander from Your commandments. Your word have I hid in
my heart that I might not sin against You”.  The answer is in the word, remember that
Jesus defeated the devil by saying “it is written”, then countering with the word what
the devil was saying.  We have to get the word of God in our heart, so that it can come
out of our mouth and shape our lives into what God says about us.  I Corinthians 13:11
says “when I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a
child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things”.  Peter said “wherefore,
laying aside all malice and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil
speakings.  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow
thereby”.  I Corinthians 14:4a says “he that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies
himself” (builds up himself) and then in Jude 20-21 says “but you, beloved, building up
yourselves on your most hold faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.  Keep yourselves in the
love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life”.

Jesus grew and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of God was
upon Him.  When He was twelve years old, He was found in the temple, sitting in the
midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.  And all that
heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers (Luke 2:40-52).  Jesus
searched the scriptures, and found Himself in them.  We too have to study the
scriptures and find our self, this should not be a chore, but a desire.  Paul commended
the Bereans because they searched the scriptures to see if what Paul said was true.  
Today many people take the word of man and don’t check it out, and are mislead.  
There are many cults in the world today, and those people who are following man’s will,
they will end up deceived, and will end up in hell if they don’t turn around.  This is not
God’s will because He doesn’t want any to perish, but that all would come to know the
truth.

When you are born again, we are born as babes in the spirit man,  the body is the
same age as we are, but our spirit man becomes a new creature (II Corinthians 5:17).  
You grow up on the inside like you grow up on the outside.  When you were born the
1st time, you grow from a baby to a toddler, then a youth and then are grown up.  Well,
the inner man has to grow into maturity spiritually.  Paul says in II Corinthians 4:16 “for
though our outward man perish; (grows old) yet, the inward man is renewed day by
day”.

Paul wrote in II Thessalonians 1:3 “we are bound to thank God, always for you,
brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith grows exceedingly, and that the charity
of every one of you all toward each other abounds”, remember faith comes by hearing
and hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17).  Peter tells us “but grow in grace, and in
the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18).

People say that what’s going to happen will happen anyway, but God gave man
dominion and never took it back.  In fact, after man fell and gave his dominion over to
the devil, God made a way for him to get it back; Jesus gave us dominion (Luke 10:19)
“behold, I give to you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the
power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you”.  We have been given
the keys to the kingdom and it’s whatsoever we bind on earth, shall be bound in
heaven, and whatsoever we loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19).



Study by:  Harriet Bond
Date: August 21, 2007
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