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Add To Your Faith

Posted: Friday, November 27

Pastor Dennis Daywitt // Children's Pastor

Pastor Dennis Daywitt // Children's Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Daniel 2:24-3:30
1 Peter 4:7-5:14
Psalm 119:81-96
Proverbs 28:15-16 

 

Verse of the day:

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (2 Peter 1:5-6)


 The other night I was putting our little girl to bed and she pointed at the wall and said “Look daddy, that’s how much I’ve grown”.  She was pointing at the pencil marks by her door that shows her physical growth throughout the last four years.  When we stayed at my sister’s house back in my home town for my dad’s funeral, we slept in what used to be my nephew’s room when he was growing up.  Beside the door are those same kind of marks. He’s 32 now.  No, they are not still recording his growth. But right next to his marks are those of his 2 boys. As parents one side of us wants our kids to grow while the other side of us wants them to stay little.  But if they really do stay little we wander what’s wrong and the doctors want to do all kinds of tests.  Really we want our kids to grow and that’s the job of parents, to help their kids to grow.

 

 

That’s what our Father in Heaven wants for us too.  He wants us to grow.  2 Peter 1:3-4 tell us it’s a wonderful thing to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  But that’s not the end.  The following verses tell us that after having faith in Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord, it’s time to grow.  Several people were water baptized recently at church stating that they have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  The fact that they were water baptized indicates that they want to grow in their faith.

 

 

2 Peter 1, verses 5 through 7 contain “measuring lines” of spiritual growth, kind of like the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatian 5:22 & 23.  These “measuring lines” are goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection (brotherly kindness) and love.  Notice that a few of them are listed in the Fruit of the Spirit.

 

 

Verse 8 tells us that we need to “possess these qualities in increasing measure.”  That means we need to grow in them.  It also says that if we have these qualities they will help us to be effective and productive in our lives and our relationship with Jesus.  Verse 9 says that those who don’t have these qualities have forgotten what Christ has done for them and that they are “nearsighted and blind”.  Verse 10 says if you do these things you will not fall or stumble but will receive your reward.  The NASB calls this section of scripture “Growth in Christian Virtue”.  The NKJV calls this section “Faithful Growth in the Faith”.  How about you?  Are you growing in Christian faith and virtue?  Do you see those “measuring lines” increasing in your life?  Could you be growing more in your walk with Christ?  God wants you to grow.  2 Peter 3:18 says this.  “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” (NIV)