https://youtu.be/KgcYpfUhxC4 Bible Verse: Ephesians 4:13 Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. REFLECT and RESPOND: No matter where you're at in your faith marathon, today is a great day to set your sights on where you want to grow. Write down your goal(s) - maybe you want to grow in faith, knowledge, or joy. Then focus on today's leg of the race, reflecting on Ephesians 4:13. PRAYER: Father, thank you for this opportunity to grow. Please grant me patience, perseverance, and peace as I trust you to move me forward in faith one day at a time! Amen. If you want to share this series with your friends and family, here is the link: https://bttb.org/spiritual-lift-with-arnie-cole
I want to grow in knowing God's love for me. The Bible says "that we may know". I think it is in John. I used to have this assurance, but not so much anymore. It makes me so sad and I find myself chasing after Jesus constantly instead of resting in my heart with Him.
Remember dear one, you've been saved by grace!
I want to grow in confidence that my salvation is secure. In my past I got lazy about my relationship with the Lord. I committed sins that I had repented from when I had first accepted Him as my Lord and Savior many years ago. When I read my Bible I'm convinced that I've committed unforgivable sins, yet I've had an awakening and I've earnestly repented this time and love the Lord! As I read it, it doesn't matter that I've repented, they are still unforgivable and I will not enter the gates of heaven. I'm from two religious backgrounds who take opposite stands only the ultimate results on Judgment Day - which doesn't help my understanding.
Somewhere along the way in my walk with Christ, I think I stumbled and hit my head. The concept of seeking God's will daily just slipped out of my mind. I guess I thought that by some spiritual osmosis I would gather what I needed along my way. I definitely have come to the realization of the importance of seeking God daily for everything and not just waiting till I am struggling.
All I want grow in Christ Jesus the joy of fulfillment of joy in Christ Jesus.
My goal is to grow in joy. I think about the scandalous amount of grace that has been shown to me. I want to reflect that same grace through my joy.
It is like training isn't it. A little bit each day leads to big results!
My goal is to grow in faith. I feel that is a good start for me. Consistency is the challenge so thankful to have this reminder.
The fact that "it's a daily" task that needs to be done if you want the journey to be successful is a huge shift in my mindset - thanks for the reminder!
For me, returning daily to God's Word is essential to reset my sights. I love the phrase "the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" in this scripture. That's what I need to remind myself off when my vision gets narrowed to the struggles of daily life.
Setting a goal is always a great idea. It is good to set a long term goal, but setting daily goals is also important and helps us to move toward that long term goal as well.
I needed this reminder today!
Thanks for the reminder that there is joy in following the Lord. That's what I want to focus on today.
Thank you for the reminder that it's daily walk!
Personally working on growing in faith and in joy, and I appreciate this reminder and this prayer!
There's a thing called "Couch to 5K" where a person who doesn't run at all can transition to their first marathon. I feel like this is kind of like that for the spiritual marathon.
I hope and PRAY to grow in knowledge and acceptance of His will.
Great reminder that it is a daily journey not just a sprint!
Great idea to set a goal for today. My goal for today is to live the day as if Jesus is standing beside me, that I might grow closer to Him and view life through His eyes. Thank you Arnie.