Good afternoon, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their day. We are heading into the middle of August with the dog days of summer. Thus is when things will get really hot. Personally I’ll take the heat over a snowstorm any day. The heat is a wonderful gift from God. His blessings and mercies really new every morning. I will remember to count them each day
I hope all of you enjoyed my Mission Jamaica 2 miniseries. That was an amazing part of my summer. There were so many messages that I took in while I was there that I want to share with all. The next couple of sermon snacks will be part of collection called Jamaican Gems. Let’s begin with a powerful message that Pastor Don delivered. I know you’ll love this one.
The Lord will never let us stay the same. God is in the process of growing us into deeper things. He wants us to grow into a deeper revelation of who he is and who we are. The church is to be a light and a salt to the earth. Peter was very impulsive. He denied Christ but he was reinstated. God wants you to grow each and every day of your life spiritually.
“Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”
II Peter 3:14-18 NKJV
Peter had a care for the church, and so should we. Learn to grown where you are planted. The church is the place of growing. To grow we must participate in the church. We must be in the word each day. We can’t lead others if we are not led. We need to be diligent because Jesus is coming back. There’s nothing in the way accept the church not doing what they were called to do. To do something for God we must be active where we are planted. Ask not what the church can do for you, but what you can do for your church. We must get in the word so we can rightly divide the word of truth. You will be led away if you are not grounded in the word of God each day. Jesus defeated the enemy with the scriptures. That is what we must do. It is our responsibility to grow in the grace of Jesus. Grace is a divine empowerment. Because Jesus is in power, we also should be in power. Children grow into what they become and it’s the same with the church. Without the word we leave ourselves vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. If we’re growing in the place that God wants us we can enter straight away into the presence of God.
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV
We are to live a life so blameless that someone can see what’s in our lives without us having to hide anything. God wants to equip us. We have to grow in Jesus.
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Ephesians 4:1-6 NKJV
The word has to be our final authority. One of the reasons we don’t grow is because we aren’t willing to forgive people. If we don’t forgive others, God won’t forgive us. Don’t let the world get you frustrated. You do matter, regardless of what anyone else says.
“till we all come to 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 should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,”
Ephesians 4:13-14 NKJV
Know what the word is saying. We can’t act like children, and must grow up. We have to be the man or woman of God that God wants us to be. Nowadays we have extended adolescence and it shouldn’t be that way. To be the church and speak truth, we must grow up. Stop blaming everyone else for what you don’t have in your life. God gave you enough creative ability to change your life. We must be focused on what we’ve been taught.
“but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
Ephesians 4:15-16 NKJV
Every part must do their share. Jesus didn’t let his family, the disciples, or the world distract him from doing the will of God. That’s how it should be for us. We have to assess our lives and let go of the things and people that have to go. If there’s something more on your mind than Jesus, it has to go. We can’t nibble away from the shepherd. We can’t allow the distraction of other things get in the way of growing with God. We must be in a place where we can see his tangible presence. Tell people the truth in love. If you love Jesus don’t let anyone vex your relationship with him. Unless others act like him we can’t let them in. Let the other people do what they do. We must do what we have to do and grow. Growing up means asking God for things we need. We must bring him into the situation before it’s too late and we need him to bless the mess.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
James 1:5 NKJV
Learn to be thrifty. Why invest in a world that is not our home? We give God ten percent, but we must ask him what to do with the other ninety percent. Learn to save and invest.
“Show me Your ways, O Lord ; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.”
Psalms 25:4-5 NKJV
Make this your prayer. Scrap your plan for God’s plan. We have to grow and not allow the flesh to dictate our lives. Our life has the ability to save someone else’s life. God wants us to grow regardless of how old we are. We do not plateau out. Life is transitioning and if we aren’t transitioning with it and we’re frustrated, we don’t have enough goals. We were never designed to stop. We haven’t arrived yet. We must keep going. Paul had to press, and so must we. To knock down a wall with a sledge hammer one hit won’t do it. We have to keep hitting. Learn to reinvent yourself because God is not through with you yet. Invest in your Christianity. Stop allowing the world to stop you. The gates of hell will not prevail against the church. We must stir things up and grow into the things of God. When he sees you can handle it he will release it to you. Ask him to show you if you can handle what you’re asking for. If you aren’t, ask him what you can do to make it better. Let others see something in you so they can see what you have. You never know what God is going to do. He’s a lot bigger than you think. Don’t put limits on him. All God wants us to do is say yes.