Christians will never grow if they refuse to do what God tells them to do.
“Study to shew thyself APPROVED UNTO GOD, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenæus and Philetus; who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:15-19 KJV).
Approved unto God, not the pastor, nor your brothers and sisters in Christ ,nor friends. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV).
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me. Therefore, will I change their glory into shame.” (Hosea 4:6-7 KJV)
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. ” (Hebrews 5:12-14 NKJV).
The number one thing that promotes our growth, development, and maturation in the Lord is walking in the Love of the Lord.
+The MATURE Believer will always walk in the Love of God with Truth, Holiness, Righteousness, and Faith.
+The IMMATURE Believer many times walks on the works of the flesh and thinks they are walking in the Love of God.
+1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says if you have an extensive list of good things and have NOT love, we are NOTHING.
+It also says if we have done an extensive list of good things and have NOT Love it profits us nothing.
+In other words, without God’s love in us, we are demonstrated towards God and others we are nothing.
+Loving God and each other brings God’s Value and Acceptance to all that we do.
•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for your life. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our faith, trust and confidence in Him.
•BLESSED you are and BLESSED you will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!