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Colossians 2:6-7 ” So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Our journey with the Lord is not a one and done event.  Ours is not to be a stagnant life once we say “Yes!” to Jesus Christ.  No, our Christian walk is suppose to be a always advancing, ever increasing effort to become more Christ-like.  This progressive sanctification is simply growing in the knowledge of God, (Ephesians 3:17) and applying the truths of the Gospel into our everyday life.  And as we continue to live in Him, He is faithful to continue to fill us…for our walk with God will never be fully realized until that day we walk through those Heavenly gates.

Hebrews 12:7 ” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? “

Maybe you were the child that all your parents had to do was look at you sternly and you stopped misbehaving.  Or maybe it took much more effort from your parents before it finally sunk in that what you were doing was wrong.  Parents correct their children out of the love they have for them, not because they want to be mean, but because they want only the best for them.  Our Heavenly Father does the same for us.  Deuteronomy 8:5 says, “Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.”  When we can view difficulties in our life as loving correction from God rather than just punishment…our entire spiritual perspective and faith will be impacted and increased.

Galatians 3:22 ” But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.”

We are all sinners.  We are all caught up like fish in the net called evil.  There is not one among us that is righteous…for we are all bound over to disobedience.  But we have a Savior…His name is Jesus, who came to save us from our sinful life and give us hope.  For when we put our trust in Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel…that promise spoken about in this Scripture is made alive in us…the wonderful promise of eternal life in heaven through His Son, Jesus.

Galatians 6:2 ” Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ.”

Last Sunday during a meeting I had wanted to say, “Practical Christianity”…but what came out was, “Practical Christianality.”  No, it’s not in the Dictionary, and Yes, I felt pretty silly.  But this slip of the tongue non-word has been in my mind all week.  As Followers of Jesus, we are in many ways a nationality that has much in common.  We share common allegiances,(our faith and trust in Jesus Christ) traditions, laws,( the Gospel-the Law of Faith) and characteristics (becoming more like Jesus every day.)  Even our citizenship is not of this earth but of heaven. (Philippians 3:20)  So what does Christianality look like?  It’s loving each other, caring for needs of others as we see them, and sharing our commonality, not the things that make us different.

Luke 17: 5-6 ” The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ He replied, ‘If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, Be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it will obey you.’ “

How do we go about increasing our faith?  First, it’s about believing and accepting the Gospel Message…that Jesus came to save and redeem us from eternal punishment by His life, death and resurrection.  Secondly, our faith is built up every time we trust and obey God and then see Him working in our life.  Thus, over time, our faith increases, like layers of bricks being built up to form a strong wall.  Finally, with that increasing faith comes a confidence that there’s nothing impossible for God.

I Corinthians 13:1 ” And now I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have no love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”

You’ve been around them too…people who are all talk and no action.  They may speak eloquently and have great ideas…but they lack followup and dedication to actually get the work done.  They make a lot of noise, but that’s all.  Paul is showing us here that it’s the love of Christ in our hearts that make the difference between just making noise and changing the world for Him.

Ephesians 3:12 ” In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

It’s only by our belief and trust in Jesus Christ that we have access to God the Father.  For the chasm between us and God is too deep…the sin-created abyss too wide for us by ourselves to reach Him.  But Jesus came to save us from our sins, and remove the guilt and shame by His blood.  So now we can stand and pray with confidence before our Heavenly Father…knowing He hears us.