The Need to Grow – Spiritually

 

 

*Man cannot produce what God considers good. The Holy Spirit must produce those qualities through us.

Philippians 1:9-11 - And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

 

I. WE NEED TO GROW IN LOVE

Verse 9 -  And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment (Understanding)

1. All Else is Meaningless!

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 - Though I speak with the tongues (Languages) of men and of angels, and have not charity (Love), I am become as sounding brass (Clattering Sounds), or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy (Preaching), and understand all mysteries (Concerning Christ), and all knowledge (Worldly education); and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains (Any mountain of difficultly), and have not charity (Love), I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor (Gave more than required), and though I give my body to be burned (Willing to sacrifice himself for the cause of Christ), and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

2. There is No Profit without Love.

1. Speaking to others, 2. Preaching, 3. Understanding all mysteries concerning Christ, 4. Having all worldly knowledge and education, 5. Faith in Christ to remove difficulties, 6. Giving to the poor, 7. Self-sacrifice

*Jesus said… John 15:9 -  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

II. WE NEED TO GROW IN TRUE KNOWLEDGE

Verse 9 -  And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment (Understanding)

 

1. This is the ability to rightly decide/discern the Word of God.

Truth – The state or character of being true.

True – Faithful to fact or reality. Being real, genuine, and accurate.

God’s Word = Truth… John 17:17 - Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

 

Truth is: 

What is True is Still True Whether you believe it or not.

*Whether you believe in gravity or not… if you step off a rooftop you will fall.

 

*Just because the world believes or accepts something as True does not make it the Truth!

John 7:46-48 - The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived? 48 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?

 

2. The Truth is: 

God’s Law (Exodus 20:2-17)

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall not make idols.
  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet.

The Truth is: 

Christ Jesus (The Word) -

John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The Truth is: 

The Holy Spirit (The Comforter) -

John 14:17 - Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

3. The Truth = Makes Us Free / Sanctifies Us / Purifies Us / Establishes Us

We Need to: Speak / Walk in / Declare / Worship in / Come to believe and know / Handle accurately / Obey / Be established in

The Bible Tells Us of Those That: Change the truth into a lie / Disobey / Walk contrary to / Love not the truth / Will believe not / Never come to / Will resist / Turn away from

III. WE NEED TO GROW IN JUDGMENT (UNDERSTANDING)

Verse 9, 10 - and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.

 

1. God Expects Growth in Everyone.

John 15:5 -  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The Reason Why Some Won’t Believe the Truth.

John 8:43 -  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

*Don’t be in the crowd that says in the Day of Judgment – when every knee will bow and confess that Christ is the Lord, Oh God help me, only to hear Christ tell you that you are of your father the devil and a worker of iniquity!

 

Solomon asked for an understanding heart to Judge God’s people.

1 Kings 3:9 - Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

Psalms 119:103-105 - How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 Through thy precepts (Word) I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Desire to Grow –

1 Peter 2:2 - As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Conclusion: People grow physically in due time, people may grow mentally with life experiences and education, BUT the most important growth is the development of our relationship with God and becoming more like Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our Spiritual growth must have the first priority.

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